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Vol. 8 No. 15 16 - 30 April 2009
Volume 8, Issue 15
16 - 30 April 2009
Red Shirts get more Press Coverage than the ASEAN Summit
On the opening day of the 14th ASEAN Summit, a summit that was to showcase Pattaya and Thailand as a leading venue for corporate events to companies around the world, around 2,000 red-shirt protesters marched under the scorching heat to the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, passing many police security
points along the way without incident. Blocking the entrance to the resort, one of the core leaders, Chukiat Duangchana, told reporters “We will not break into the resort, we are here to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister”, he continued “Our objective is not to obstruct
the summit, we want to join in the summit too”. Whilst the protesters chanted “PM, Get Out” and “Prem, Get Out”, around 300 navy personal formed lines in front of the hotel to ensure protesters remained outside. Deputy Prime Minister, Suthep Thaugsuban, ventured outside to take a closer look at the spectacle, but refrained from addressing the protesters directly. He told reporters, “The government is trying to solve the problems with a soft approach, we are trying to negotiate with the protesters and ask them to take the country’s best interests to heart”. He continued, “We are trying to negotiate with them at the moment, if they refuce to listen, we may be forced to clear a way
through”. National Police Chief, General Patcharawat Wongsuwan, whilst negotiating with the protesters asked them to step away from the resorts entrance to allow the leaders of the six nations access to the summit. Whilst the protesters travelled along a two kilometre road starting off at Petchtrakul Road, around 500 people wearing the ‘Kings’ blue coloured shirts, demonstrated in front of City Hall asking that the red-shirt demonstrators show peace and unity to the leaders of those nations attending the summit, to show that Thailand and in particular Pattaya, can host world events with class. The demonstrators have been active around Pattaya for the few days leading up to the
start of the summit. A mobile cabinet meeting due to take place at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, Pattaya on the 7th April was disrupted when ‘Red Shirt’ demonstrators, in excess of 1,000, led by Mrs. Jureeporn Sintupai, staged a protest at the entrance to the hotel. Continued on page 2
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Pattaya’s Bureau of Education handed out certificates to educational committee
‘Property Talk’ organised by Raimon Land and Pattaya City The well known property developer ‘Raimon Land’ recently joined forces with ‘Pattaya City Hall’ in organising a seminar, ‘How to improve tourism and property sales in Pattaya’, held at the Amari Ocean Tower, Pattaya. Presided over by Pattaya’s Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, the seminar was attended by tourist officials, hotel operators, community representatives and other concerned parties. Guest speaker, Mr. Weerasuk Kosurut, Chairman of the ‘Thailand Tourism Committee’, explained that as the number of long haul visitors had dropped, mostly due to the world economy, they had noticed an increase in the number of visitors arriving from closer countries by other modes of transport than air. Visitors to Pattaya from Singapore and Malaysia are driving through the southern provinces, recently the Queen Mary, cruise ship, docked at Laem Chabang, and Mr. Weerasuk carried on to explain that market research had highlighted the four main groups that visit the ‘Land of Smiles’. 1. Instant Traveller. Made up from visitors from the Scandinavian countries, India, Russia, Indonesia and Middle Eastern Countries.
Thailand must find ways to increase the attractiveness and accessibility in order to expand this market. 2. Returning Tourists. Visitors from England, USA, Germany, France, Switzer-
land, Spain, Italy and some Middle Eastern Countries. This group has recently lost its confidence in Thailand, due, mainly to the political unrest and safety issues, but it is believed that with a more permanent political solution, they will quickly return and once again enjoy spending their hard earned money here. 3. Declining Tourist. This group has lost so much confidence in Thailand, it will be difficult to persuade them to return. Visitors from China, Singapore, Vietnam and Australia have lost confidence in the country due to the political instability. Winning them back will entail a lot of hard work by tourist officials and offering new
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Red Shirts get more Press Coverage than the ASEAN Summit The protesters gathered on Pettrakoon Road, North Pattaya, then marched to the hotel where they blocked access and launched a verbal attack against the current government, demanding the instant resignation of Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister, Mr. Sutep Tueksuban, Deputy Premire, Mr. Kasit Pirom, Foreign Affairs Minister and Mr. Prem Tinlasulanong, President of
the Privy Council. Hundreds of riot police officers were on hand to ensure the demonstrators didn’t get out of hand and ensure security. However, with no serious incidents and only small scuffles between the police and demonstrators, after delivering their message, they left the hotel without further incident. Whilst on the same eve-
Nongnooch Tropical Gardens was recently the venue for a special celebration to hand out certificates, presented by Pattaya Mayor, Ittipon Khunpluem, to members of the Bureau of Education, Pattaya, after they had recently held seminars to help schools in order to improve the education program and discuss methods to teach more effectively. Over 100 certificates were presented to representatives from 11 schools throughout the Pattaya area that had completed the seminar and training program. destinations, within Thailand, that are easier to reach and attractive pricing structure will also help. 4. Shrinking Tourist. Mainly, the Japanese, South Korean and Taiwanese who have lost all faith in the security of Thailand, and together, with their home countries economic worries and recession, this group will be the hardest to entice back. Once the economy in their home countries has improved, Thailand will have to focus on ensuring their safety before they once again return. Mr. Henry, Director of Sales and Marketing for Raimond Land, explained that Pattaya is still a world destination for tourists and retirees being so close to the Suvannaburi Airport and as a result the Pattaya property market is not as bad as other world destinations. He further stated that Raimon Land, were as committed to Pattaya as they have ever been, they still had 100% faith in the City and its future. The ‘North Point’ project, started in 2006, is due for completion by the end of this year when their new project ‘The Age’ will be started. He finished his speech by comparing Pattaya to Florida, both cities with enormous growth potential that are the centre of their countries tourist industry. ning, Pattaya Police Station became the centre of attention when red shirts surrounded the station demanding the release of Mr. Wunchalerm Koonsen, who had been arrested earlier in the day as the prime suspect, after the attack on Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, car. The red shirts closed Beach Road, causing major traffic problems, whilst their representative discussed the matter with the police chief. After questioning the man was released to his friends but not until he had been charged with assault and property damage. by Thaksin
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Local MP hands out money to less fortunate
The local Member of Parliament for the 2nd Chonburi Consistency of the Democratic Party, Pojjanart Kaewpaluek, on behalf of other Chonburi Democratic MP’s and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Welfare, had the great pleasure recently of handing out cash donations to the less fortunate. Five communities within
the Banglaung and Chonburi area, Toongkard, Sreetamram Temple, Takian Tia, Nongplalai, and the Khaomai kaew Community, all benefited from the handouts. Member of Parliament Pojjanart, informed reporters that by personally handing out the money they knew it would be going directly to the neediest within the community. by Nana
Local garbage site gets a facelift!
Recent activity at a local garbage area has got local residents scratching their heads. Always a blight on the landscape the site recently seemed to change and not look as offensive as usual. The reason behind the transformation? Two large groups of Heron’s have ditched their normal hunting grounds for food and decided
Trying to bring kids closer together Following the recent problems that have split communities between the red and yellow shirts, the government recently instructed the Director of Public Relations, Miss Sunisa Ruen-aim, to organise a special program to bring young people from all over Thailand together in an attempt to breed understanding, love, harmony, peace
and forgiveness into the Thai Youth. Over 60 students attended the recent event which was staged at the Sattahip Naval Base which had the intention of letting the students get to know each other better, but also learn of new cultures from around the different regions of this great country. by Nana
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to utilise the easier picking at the garbage site. Each morning a group of the beautiful birds fly over the mountains by the Kaobumpenboon Temple at Moo 4, Najomtien, spend a couple of hours having breakfast before leaving and returning in the early evening for dinner. The other group, obviously deciding it is too hot to do a lot of flying, have taken up permanent residence and stay there all day and night.
Heron’s, who usually find food in canals and swamp areas where they feed on fish and shrimp, have changed their eating habits and now dine on rotten meat and worms. The birds are still very timid of humans and upon being approached, let out a warning cry to their mates and take to the skies. Local resident, Mr. Boonchuay Jaengkrajang, aged 63, who for the last 20 years has
made a living collecting and recycling from the garbage site, claims that the site used to be a big swamp and maybe that was confusing the birds. Thousands of the birds can be seen on the site each day and fortunately, so far, they have not been bothered by poachers and bird hunters, and live a peaceful existence on the site whilst greatly improving the overall ambience.
NEWS Security beefed-up to welcome Premier for grand opening of chapel
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Mystery man found dead Police officers were recently called out to investigate the death of a foreigner who had lived in Thailand for over 40 years, had changed his name to Thai, Mr. Charee Kamman, and had married a Thai lady who died a number of years ago, but no one can find out his original nationality. Lieutenant Colonel Prateep Tongdee from the Pattaya Police arrived at the scene with a Sawangboriboon paramedic rescue team after the death of the man had been reported to the emergency services. Upon arrival, the deceased
man was found laying naked on his bed with his eyes still open and tongue sticking out, it is thought that he had died at least 10 hours previously. Mr. Noppakoon Silarom, who discovered the body, told police officers that the dead man was a heavy drinker and smoker, and had recently been diagnosed with Cancer, which he refused to receive treatment for. Although no sign of foul play, police and rescue members had no idea what he could have died from and his body has been sent for an autopsy to find out the cause of death.
Top Asian singers visited Nongnooch after Pattaya International Music 2009
At the end of the recent Pattaya International Music Festival, a number of performers were treated to a day out at the Nongnooch Gardens. Mr. Kampon Tansatja, Managing Director of Nongnooch, along with Mrs. Puntanunt Kuntisookpun, General Manager, and other Nongnooch staff took great pleasure in welcoming the famous personalities and showing them around their award winning gardens. Performers taking advantage of this special day out included the Shinee band from South Korea, Girls Generation, Mighty Mouth,
and Iko Ayaka from Japan, Kym Jin Sha from China, Kenny Kwan from Hong Kong, Cirque De Freak from Australia and Minh Thu from Vietnam. The performers were treated to a Tom-Tom Band and Classical Thai Dance displays before being taken around the gardens where they rode elephants and enjoyed the elephant show in particular. Mr. Kampon thanked the stars for taking the time out to visit the gardens and hoped it would help improve the image of Pataya and Thailand to their international fans around the world.
Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, arrived at the Fruit Paddy Field Temple located at Moo 6, Panasnikom, Chonburi, amongst increased security recently to preside over the grand opening of a new chapel. Protesters from the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), staged a 200 strong
demonstration outside the temple led by Mr. Sukda Noppasit, a former Thai Rak Thai Party’s spokesman in a bid to show support for the ousting of the Prime Minister and his Government. Joining the demonstrators outside the Temple gates were other supporters from the People's Alliance for
Royal Thai Fleet organises a youth training program
The Sattahip Naval Base was the destination for 40 young members of our community recently for the ‘2009 Royal Navy Training Program’. The youngsters, aged between 10 and 15, were invited along to the special event by the Royal Thai Fleet Command Centre, by Commander Chaiyoot Wisetsuwan. The Commander explained that the program was designed for students currently enrolled in elementary and junior high schools to try and install a code of ethics for them to live by including moral standards, patriotism and to try and keep them away from drugs and meet new friends. The four day event allowed the youngsters to take part in
such activities as kayaking, hiking, sailing and visiting local museums and places of interest. The youngsters enjoyed free accommodation, food and there were lots of goodies, including T-Shirts, hats, scarves, etc. for them to take home as happy reminders of their stay with the Thai Navy. Whilst also learning a little about the history and present day activities of the Navy, hopefully in the future, these youngsters will grow into good members of the community and who knows, maybe one day, some of these same youngsters may be protecting the Land of Smiles from the ocean as members of the Royal Thai Navy?
Officials handing out the 2,000 baht checks
Vol. 8 No. 15 16 - 30 April 2009 Democracy (PAD), or yellow shirts, but due to a strict police presence the demonstrators from both sides remained calm and only exchanged harsh words. The police had been in place for many hours to ensure that upon the premier’s arrival, at 1.00pm, all would go smoothly with no riots or disruptions from either of the crowds of demonstrators. The Prime Minister’s motorcade took an alternative route at the last moments to prevent a confrontation with the UDD group who intended to pelt him with rotten eggs. After a trouble free entrance to the Temple, Prime Minister Abhisit, greeted his supporters, many who had waited from early morning, and spent almost an hour at a religious ceremony inside the new Temple. He then gave a short speech where he covered such topics as
the no confidence debate a week ago, the immediate actions required in the present economic situation, falling farming and manufacturing prices, trying to reduce unemployment and improving welfare services for the underprivileged and older members of the community. He finished his speech by thanking the supporters for attending today’s ceremony and giving himself and his government the opportunity of managing the country.
Thai classic songs must not be forgotten
When it comes to keeping alive the tradition of Thai classic songs you would be forgiven for not immediately thinking of the Sattahip Naval base. However, thanks to Captain Preedasuk Boonsreewong, and fellow officers who started and now offer full support to the Preservation of Old Songs SattahipRayong Club, is the location of a Traditional Thai Song Singing Contest that takes place at the Warrant Officers Club each month. The club which aims to bring Thai Classical and Thai Folk songs to the new generation, recently held a singing competition to help raise funds for charity and to preserve the enjoyment of these beautiful songs for generations to come. The recent singing competition was divided into 4 different categories: Males aged over 60, females aged over 60, males 30 – 59 years and females 30 – 59 years. There were numerous contestants for each category,
but only 25 could be heard from each. One of the stars of the show was 78 year old, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kularb Prasopsook, a retired navy personal and Chairman of the Navy Soldier Club. His rendition of “Without me, you’ll be sorry” was received with rapturous applause from the audience, and no shortage of flower garlands were presented to him when he sang the last bars of this much loved song. Captain Preedasuk at the end of this most enjoyable evening thanked all the participants and reminded us that to preserve Thai music is also to preserve Thai culture, something we should all strive to achieve. Anyone who is interested in attending one of these evenings, either as a contestant or solely as a spectator is invited to telephone 086-818-2069 or 086-393-2557 or simply turn up at the Warrant Officers Club, SattahipNaval Base on the 18th of each month. by Nana
Pattaya City Hall was the venue recently when government officials started to distribute the 2,000 baht cheques to those most needy in the community. The officials, from the Welfare Department, had their hands full coping with in excess of
800 city officials who were eligible for the handout. The first period of distribution took place from the 26th March to 8th April when it was expected that around 150,000 people, from the Chonburi Provence, collected their cheques.
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Amphibious Squadron celebrate 20th Anniversary
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Pattaya Mayor presides over Educational Seminar
Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, recently presided over a seminar for the ‘Education Committee 2009’, which was attended by 173 delegates, including 11 Buddhist Monks. Guest speaker was Mr. Tawatchai Rattunyu, Director of Education, Pattaya, who spoke about the role the Education Committee, must play in day to day schooling and how the system can be
improved. Better co-operation between members, new and improved work courses and an increase in the standard of teaching throughout Pattaya’s 11 schools. Mr. Ittipon thanked the guest speakers and all those attending and stressed that with better cooperation and hard work, teaching is one of the most rewarding occupations any young person could undertake.
Pattaya chosen to host new festival Nine Buddhist monks marked the start of festivities to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the ‘Amphibious Squadron Unit’ at Sattahip Naval Base presided over by Rear Admiral Sontaya Noichaya, commander of the Marine Division. Whilst the Monks were chanting the liturgies for good luck and prosperity, the Real Admiral received flower tokens on behalf of the squadron from former navy personal, local officials and dignitaries.
The Rear Admiral revealed that the first Amphibious Squadron had been set up with the help of the Americans in 1932. It expanded to a regiment in 1940 and was in action against communist guerrillas throughout the 50’s and 60’s, and during the 60’s, the United States Marine Corps (USMC), again helped with expansion to a Brigade. Throughout the 70’s the squadron saw further action on the Malaysian border and was further extended to two Brigades.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have chosen Pattaya as the venue for an upcoming festival ‘the Colour of the East’, to try and encourage Thai’s to visit other parts of the country. The festival will take place from the 1st – 3rd May and will showcase products from
the five regions of Thailand. Mrs. Jumnong Joonnapiya, Director of East Region TAT, explained that they wished to encourage the Thai community to travel more around the country, learning from new experiences and different cultures. Regions from the east who will be display-
Many officers and staff from the Air and Costal Defence Command and the Criminal Courts got together recently at a ‘Sea Turtle Convention’ at the Sattahip Naval Base to take part in a releasing turtles back into the ocean ceremony. Mr. Cheep Joonmon, Director General of the Criminal Court, told those attending that his organisation is very concerned with the sea environment, and encourages everyone to preserve and
increase the number of sea turtles, to ensure they do not become extinct. He added that if turtles are caught in a net, they should be immediately released and if injured should be taken to the conservation centre at Sattahip. He encouraged locals and tourists alike to keep away from establishments offering the endangered speciality on the menu, and they should not be tempted to purchase the shells as an adornment to furnishings.
‘We Care Clinic’ opens new branch at Tukcom IT Center Sea turtles released into ocean
The well known ‘Tukcom IT Centre’ on South Pattaya Road was the setting recently for the opening of the third branch of the ‘We Care Clinic’. With sister branches on Pattaya 3rd Road and Soi Neonpubwan, the partners of the chain, Dr. Waranya and Dr. Waraporn Wakausree, took great pleasure in
welcoming honoured guests and local dignitaries. This new clinic offers a range of beauty enhancing services including, skin care, weight loss, cosmetic services, etc. and is open from 9.00am – 9.00pm each day. The clinic can be contacted on 038-489-3345 for further information.
ing their produce include Chonburi, Rayong, Chantaburi, Trat, Nakorn Naiyok, Prachinburi, and Sakaew. Pattaya was chosen to host the event, which it is hoped will attract Thai’s from all over the country, as it offers good, affordable accommo-
dation and many activities on both land and sea. The festival will also feature live performances from national artists, and it is hoped to be able to offer special holiday packages to the east at very competitive prices. by Thaksin
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Royal Garden hosts 6th International Arm Wrestling Championship
One of the most entertaining yearly events held in Pattaya is the ‘International Arm Wrestling Championships’ which are held each year at the ‘Royal Garden Plaza’ on Beach Road. This year the event took place on the 4th April and was presided over by Pattaya’s Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem and Managing Director of the Royal Garden Plaza, Mr. Supadit Maneerutjarussree. The event, which is arranged by the shopping centre in conjunction with Thailand Bodybuilding Association and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, is an
endeavour to promote the sport of Arm Wrestling and this year, 100 muscle hunks took part in the competition and the final event featured 8 contestants from each of the three classes. The winners from each class who won a trophy and cash prize of 15,000 baht were; Under 75 Kilo, Mr Rattachart Kong-ngern from Bangkok, 75-85 Kilo, Mr. Ronnachai Jitjumnong, from Bangkok and in the 85-95 Kilo event Mr. Wittaya Meenui was the victor. Runners up in each category received a trophy and 5,000 baht in cash.
Thailand Windsurfing Championship 2009
Jomtien Beach was the venue on the 4th April for the first event in this year’s ‘Thailand Windsurfing Championships 2009’. The yearly event staged by the Windsurfing Association in conjunction with the Windsurfing Association of Pattaya, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Pattaya City Hall, and Thai Beverage Company Plc. had as guests of honour Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem and Mr. Pattana Boonsawas, Advisor to the Windsurfing Association of
Thailand. This first competition of the year attracted 70 competitors from 6 countries, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and as far away as France. Of the 9 classes, the one that caused the most interest was the ‘Techno One Design class’, which gave Thai competitors a chance to practice and prepare themselves for the ‘1st Asian Youth Games’, due to be held in Singapore in June this year. by Nana
General Paiboon Kanjanapiboon, Chairman of the Table Tennis Association of Thailand. This three day event was sponsored by The Sports Association in conjunction with Pattaya business people.
Navy personnel helps clean ocean Navy diving specialists joined forces with civilian divers recently to take part in the ‘2009 Cleaner Ocean, Less Garbage’ project in order to clean up Sa-an Beach, Baan Pla Sa-add. Many Navy Officers and local dignitaries were on hand to listen to the speeches which emphasised the importance of trying to keep our costal waters cleaner. Rear Admiral Worasuk, spoke about the importance of clearing debris from the coral reefs around Saemsarn Island, which have been bad-
ly effected by garbage from tourists and residents alike. He explained the need to teach our youngsters to dispose of litter in a controlled way to help protect our seas and environment before it is too late. Another speaker, Mr. Puchong, added that the thousand year old coral reef around the island is one of the best destinations for divers from around the world, and it is our duty to protect this natural resource before it disappears from Thailand’s ocean forever.
Red shirts urged to behave during ASEAN Summit
On the last day on March around 60 red shirt protestors, pro Thaksin – anti government, gathered at Pattaya City Hall to demand the Abhisit government be dissolved and new elections take place. Mr. Ronnakit Ekkasing, Pattaya City Deputy, urged the protesters to co-operate
with officials and keep it peaceful in order to help the image of the city and not further damage the tourist industry. With the forthcoming ASEAN Summit, he implored all residents to give a warm welcome to the delegates from all over the world. by Thaksin
Drug addict stabs young man
Korean man detains young female robber
Pattaya hosts Table Tennis Championships
The Indoor Stadium in Pattaya recently hosted the ‘2009 Pattaya All Thailand Table Tennis Semi Pro Tour Championships’ which were presided over by Pattaya’s Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, Mr. Ronnakit Ekkasing, Deputy City Mayor and
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A recent ‘Snatch and Grab’ robbery attempt didn’t go according to plan, when the victims, Koreans, gave chase on their motorbike, crashed into the bike carrying the two robbers, bringing everyone to a tangle of bodies near the ‘Carefour’ store on Central Pattaya Road. The victims, Miss Julie Han, aged 23, and her boyfriend Mr. Sung Jang, aged 29, both from Korea, told leading investigator when police officers arrived, that the couple had been riding their motorbike when suddenly a hand appeared from nowhere and snatched Julie’s handbag. The robbers later identified as Miss Ampita Kaewwiset, aged 18, who admitted
to being a drug addict and who had only recently been released from prison escaped into a nearby motorbike shop, where she kept a low profile from the Korean until police arrived. Her accomplice, Mr. Max, took to his heels down Soi Arunothai, and neither sight nor sound of him has been made since. Miss Ampita, explained to police officers that she had only known her accomplice for about one week, after accepting his offer to join him in his ‘Snatch and Grab’ endeavours and had no idea where police officers would find him. The young lady was taken into custody and will no doubt be back in prison before too long.
Record breaking ‘Umbrella’ unveiled at Nongnooch What is probably the world’s largest umbrella was recently presented to Mr. Kumpon Tunsatja or Mr. Toeng, Director of Nongnooch, at a special ceremony to mark it’s unveiling by Mr.
Witoon and Mrs. Raemjai Saengkum, from the Chiang Mai Royal Umbrella Group in Sunkumpaeng. The giant orange umbrella was presented to the Director at the ‘Butterfly Garden’ and
In the early hours recently police officers received a report of a fatal stabbing that had taken place near the bus stop and bridge in south Pattaya on the Sukhumvit Road, Moo 11. Police officers along with a Sawangboriboon paramedic rescue team rushed to the location. At the scene, they discovered the body of Mr. Wirot Ngamtoi or Law, aged 19, who had several bruises and abrasions around his face, from being punched, and four stab wounds to his chest, shoulder, under his chin and to his right knee. He was pronounced dead at the Banglamung Hospital after being rushed there by paramedics. A friend of the deceased, Mr. Tongchai Sooksanit or Naen, aged 18, explained the unfortunate events that lead to his friend’s death. The two friends had been hanging out at the deceased house when they were approached by Mr. Boy and his drug addict friend, Mr. Ball, who happened to be an old rival of the deceased, and only recently released from prison, brandishing knives and demanding all their money. Refusing to give up their
valuables the two attackers then changed their attention to the deceased’s girlfriend, Miss Sunicha Poomrin, aged 23, threatening to hurt her if their demands were not met. The two young men managed to thwart the attack, but were warned, that this would be finished next time they met up. Whilst the deceased was giving his friend a lift home, they were forced to a stop by the return of the two attackers cutting in front of them, they then proceeded to throw punches and kick the two young men. Mr. Boy, then pulled out his knife and staged Mr. Wirot several times causing him to fall to the floor in a pool of blood. Seeing there was nothing he could do to help his friend, Naen, took to his heels and got as far away as possible, the two attackers mounted their motorbike and fled the scene. Police road blocks were quickly erected around the area but unfortunately the two murderers managed to escape. Police officers will make further investigations, and hopefully bring them justice in the very near future. by Somboon
with a width of 10 meters, and a handle that is 7 meters long and 8 inches thick, it is believed that it is the largest in the world, exceeding the previous umbrella by 50cm. Mr. Kumpon thanked everyone for attending and
stated that the umbrella would shade from the heat, or keep dry during the rain, 5 elephants at any one time. The new addition to the garden would help attract more tourists and help stimulate the local economy.
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More than food and drink on offer
The foreign owner of a restaurant on Pratamnuk Road was recently arrested after police received an anonymous tip off that the young ladies, employed at his establishment, were offering more than food and drink. Mr. Rose Raymond Harry, aged 58, British national, and his Thai wife, Miss Nootjarin Prompon, aged 32, were arrested at their well known ‘Kinnaree Palace Restaurant’ when police officers, acting on the tip off, raided the
establishment and found 26 young ladies offering whirlwind romances to the many clients. All of the 26 young ladies in question admitted their ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ services and were taken to the police station and fined for prostitution offences. The two owners were charged with ‘operating sexual services’ and taken to the police station for further questioning. by Nana
Young criminals 1,000 baht haul
Police officers were recently called to the SV Apartments situated on Moo 9, Nongprue, to investigate a robbery, where in addition the cashier had been hurt. Upon arrival the officers were met by Mr. Somporn Smutita, aged 23, duty officer at the apartment block, with a bleeding left arm. Mr. Somporn, explained to the officers, that whilst he was on his way back to his office after collecting payment for parking, a young man, 18-25 years, who he had observed
earlier parking his motorbike at the Pattaya Memorial Hospital, suddenly hit him with an iron bar after using the same weapon to get access to the cash register. Mr. Somporn, shouted for help from the hospital security guards, but the young man managed to escape on his motorbike, but did drop his weapon and crash helmet. The young offender only managed to escape with 1,000 baht from his assault and robbery before disap-
Drowned boy in critical condition
The emergency services were recently summoned to the Yinyom Beach on soi 5, Pratamnak Road, Moo 10, Nongprue, after Parinya or Nong Yod Klaopimai, aged 7, who was soon to start school at the Boonsampan Temple Elementary School, was rescued from the ocean by a tourist in a very poorly state. Upon arrival the Sawangboriboon Paramedic Rescue Team, attempted to revive the small boy and immediately transferred him to the Banglamung Hospital for further resuscitation endeavours. The young boys aunt, Mrs. Uraiwan Klaopimai, aged 30, told police officers that she had brought Parinya to the beach with her own son, Sittisuk Klaopimai or Nong Oy, aged 8, 1st grade at Pattaya School Number 7, and with 2 other of Nong’s cousins. Whilst the young boys were enjoying themselves in the ocean, the aunt was talking to her mother-in-law who is a vender at the beach area. Suddenly, her son ran up to her shouting that Nong was in trouble. Deeply shocked, she managed to keep her pearing down 2nd Road. The police believe that the robber miss timed his endeavours and was hoping to be out of the office, with the money, before Mr. Somporn returned from collecting the parking fee. Police have filed the incident and will make further investigations, to try and bring this violent young man to justice.
Deputy PM orders crackdown on drug dealers
Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Sutep Tueksubun, chaired a meeting recently attended by police superintendants, commanders,
provincial commanders, drug suppression officers and other related officers, in which he ordered a police crackdown on illegal
drugs and drug dealers. He told of his concerns with the soaring crime rate as a direct result of drug users looking to finance their next high. Police Major General Sorasuk Yenprem, Chief of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, was pleased to be able to report that after a crackdown between the 1st and 3rd April, 12 drug dealer suspects, along with their wares as evidence, had been apprehended and charged with the offence of distributing illegal substances class 1.
composure and ask for the assistance of a European gentleman; he immediately entered the water and soon found the young boy 10 metres away and brought him back to the beach unconscious, at which time the emergency services were called. Later at the hospital, Nong’s parents, Mrs. Patoomma Umpaeng, aged 26 and Mr. Chaiyot Klaopimai, aged 35, arrived to be told that their son had been in the water for far too long. The lack of oxygen had probably caused severe brain damage, he was in a coma, and it was doubtful if he would recover. The overwrought parents gave a special prayer to Buddha for their son’s recovery. A police file has been submitted and further investigations are underway regarding the incident.
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Kick Boxer under 'Mobile' Drug dealer busted with firearm pressure turns violent
5 young men badly injured from shooting
Police officers recently heard that a well known drugs dealer was taking orders by mobile phone and making the deliveries near to the Sabai Land Apartment at the entrance of soi SukoomwitPattaya to Thai’s, foreigners and illegal workers. Having got hold of the Hotline number, one of the police officers ordered 50 amphetamine tablets at 300 baht each for delivery around 4.00pm. Undercover police officers arrived at the due time and Mr. Somkid Sooksamran, aged 27, was informed of the sting operation and agreed to be
searched. He was found to be in possession of 66 amphetamine tablets, a Barretta 9 millimeter automatic handgun, and of course, his much used mobile phone. He was taken to the police station where he was charged with the possession for the purpose of distributing illegal substances category 1 and possession of a firearm without a permit and carrying it in public with no good reason. Police officers promise to be ever vigilant in their endeavours to search out and arrest drug dealers in the Pattaya area.
Swedish man mugged 20 days ago contacts police for assistance
This next news item must have seemed more like an extract from a ‘Cowboys and Indians’ movie than real life on Pattaya streets. The incident apparently happened when a group of Thai young men were making their way home after an evening at the Pattaya International Music Festival. The youths were well into their journey, when suddenly, they realised they were being followed by about 10 Thais on motorbikes. Without any warning, the perusing group each took out guns and started indiscriminately shooting into the first group. Police Lieutenant Nitipoom Bootwong, Banglamung Police Investigator, Chonburi, received a telephone call at around 4.00am to inform him that a man had been shot and seriously wounded in front of the Taweechai Store, Naklua New Market, Moo 5, but, before he could get to the scene, he had another call informing him that 3 or 4 more youths had also been shot, but had been taken to Banglamung Hospital for emergency treatment by passers by. Arriving at the scene with a Sawangboriboon paramedic rescue team, the police officer discovered the body of Mr. Wacharatorn
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Temsiri, aged 20, who had been shot by a 9mm in both his mouth and right eye; he was immediately transferred by the rescue team to Banglamung Hospital. Police also collected a number of shells from the scene as evidence and proceeded to the hospital to try and interview the victims to get an idea of what had taken place. At the hospital, they found out that Mr. Mr. Surasak Ra-ngabpai, aged 18, had been shot in the stomach on Soi Nempubwan and was in a critical condition, Mr. Punya Koompapun, aged 22, had taken a bullet in the left buttock which had travelled into his leg, and had been shot in front of the Nong Yai (Big Fen) Temple, and Mr. Wittakon Potong, aged 28, who had been shot in the back of his right leg. Finally, a gentleman who could not at the time be identified had taken a bullet in the stomach and was in a very serious condition in Chonburi Hospital. The police presume that there must be some history between two rival gangs, that it got out of hand, and they will make further investigations in order to get to the bottom of the story and bring guilty parties to justice. by Somboon
A Swedish tourist, Mr. Roger Petersson, arrived in Thailand on the 15th of February and after spending a pleasant stay on Koh Chand Island, arrived in Pattaya around 20 days ago, where he was promptly attacked and robbed of his suitcase containing all his clothes, passport and money. Being afraid to go to the authorities he tried to attend to his injuries himself and decided to wait for his family to come looking for him. He was eventually found in a very sorry state, with head and hand injuries by Miss. A, a sales assistant at a local furniture store, who taking pity on him, let him clean himself up, gave him a new set of clothes to wear, fed him a hearty meal and
contacted the police on his behalf to try and get him further assistance. The very unlucky tourist was taken to Banglamung Hospital for medical treatment and the Swedish Embassy in Bangkok has been notified. A police report has also been submitted.
Drunken and bloody Swiss man buys whisky
In the early hours of the morning a Swiss man was seen in a drunken state, covered from head to toe in blood, shopping at the 7-Eleven store at the entrance of soi Pattaya-Naklua 14 (soi Noree), Moo 5, Naklua. A police officer from the Banglamung Station arrived at the store with a Sawangboriboon paramedic rescue team, but the man was nowhere to be seen. After a little investigating they managed to trace him to the Siam Platinum Place Hotel, opposite the store,
where he had been staying since his arrival on the 22nd March. Mr. Giger Willi, aged 62, was found in a semi conscious state in his room with half a bottle of Saengsom Thai whiskey left from the three
A Sawangboriboon Paramedic Rescue Team was recently called to the Boontaworn Home Appliances Store located on Sukhumvit Road, Moo 6, after a foreigner apparently lost his marbles and was starting to hurt people. At the scene, they witnessed Mr. Martin Vanis, aged 38, a Slovakian national, fighting with police officers who were trying to subdue him but with little success. Mr. Vanis, who is a student of Thai Boxing at the Father Iron boxing institution, Pattaya City, managed to land lots of punches and kicks before he was able to be restrained.
Arriving at the scene, the fighters personal trainer, informed police officers that the fighter had been under a huge amount of pressure recently as he was due to fight in the upcoming charity fight, very high expectations had been made of him, and he was not able to handle the pressure. A short time before, he had left the school in an agitated state, wandered along Sukhumvit Road, and suddenly started breaking things and attacking anybody within sight. Mr. Vanis, after he was sedated, was taken to the Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital for further tests and a mental examination.
Robber not quick enough! A couple from the Czech Republic recently had a stroke of good luck when a ‘Bag Snatcher’ who had grabbed her handbag, turned out not to be as quick as he thought he was, and was quickly apprehended by passers by near Soi 2, Beach Road. Arriving at the scene, Police Lieutenant Somchai Chaikananukoon, was met by the victims, Mrs. Monica Pasakova, a lawyer, and her husband, who identified that the young man caught, Mr. Chanchai Sreeprai, aged 20, was indeed the man who snatched her bag, whilst they enjoyed a drink at a local bar. The accused admitted to his crime, but blamed it on not having enough money to pay his bills and eat. The would be thief almost had a good result as it turned out the handbag contained over 100,000 baht in cash, as well as credit cards and other important documents. The robbed couple explained
to the police officer that they had been enjoying a drink and the view, when suddenly the accused ran up, snatched her bag, and took to his heels. The couple started shouting loudly and fortunately a group of foreign tourists were able to stop and apprehend the would be robber before he could get too far. The officer took the accused into custody to await his day in court. by Somboon
bottles he had purchased a short time before. Mr. Wirat Kwanmueng, aged 53, a security guard at the complex explained to the police officers that the injured man had returned from the Music Festival earlier in the evening with 5 bad wounds to his head, which had been bandaged, and he had got as a result of a motorbike accident. He went to bed, but came out a couple of hours later to do his late shopping at the store opposite. The security guard
and police officer assumed he must have fallen in his room, re-opened his wounds, and being so drunk, not noticed or felt anything. The medical team managed to stop the bleeding, which probably saved his life, and the police officer managed to convince the injured man that he needed proper medical treatment at the hospital. Being in no fit state to be questioned on the evening, police officers will still be paying Mr. Willi a visit to get his version of the night’s events.
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Five Cambodians Delivery boy busted involved in stabbing on first outing
Police officers were recently called to a Karaoke bar at Moo 1, Chong Saemsarn, after a report of two men being stabbed. At the scene, the police discovered that the two victims had already been rushed to the Queen Sirikit Hosipital by Sawangrojjantammasatan Sattaip, and went along to find out the story from the two stabbed victims. At the hospital, the police discovered Mr. Chan, Mon national, aged 38, who had been stabbed in his left side and was bleeding profusely and Su Gee, aged 33, who had been stabbed through his left hand. Su Gee, after being treated for his wounds could tell police officers about the evening. He claimed that the
two victims had been sitting enjoying a drink in the Karaoke Bar and asked a couple of the attractive working ladies to join them. A group of 5 Cambodian men took offence and became annoyed that the attractive girls were sitting with Mon nationals and started to shout and cause trouble. Not wanting any part of it, the two Mon nationals decided to leave and go home for the night. The Cambodians followed them outside where the attack took place. The police presume it was an attack caused by jealousy over the two pretty girls sitting with the Mon nationals and have filed a report, whilst they try and locate the attackers.
Man slips and later dies
Reliable information was recently tipped-off to the Deputy Superintendent of Investigation Unit of Chonburi province, that a local drugs dealer was distributing his wares from in front of the Pattaya Provincial Court Chonburi. Police Lieutenant Sooktas Poompanmuang, led a team of plain clothed officers to the Court Offices and waited for one of the dealers couriers to arrive. After a short wait police officers observed Mr. Anuchit Pongmen or Um, aged 19, driving a stripped Honda Wave motorcycle and acting very suspiciously. They quickly identified themselves and asked to search Mr. Pongmen and his transportation, at this stage he gunned his motorcycle and took off like the wind. The young man was quickly apprehended on Tepprasit
Road and after a thorough search police officers found 6 bags of amphetamines containing 1,200 tablets. The gentleman was arrested and his merchandise was taken into custody as evidence. At the police station, he informed officers that he was a bartender at the Informality Arch bar at soi Tappraya 10, and had been hired by Mr. Bird, aged 25, from the Akha hill tribe and a former bartender at the bar, to make certain deliveries at 3,000baht per trip. He explained that this was indeed his first such trip but the police had no other action than to charge him with possession for the purpose of distributing illegal substances category 1. They will, however make further investigations in an attempt to arrest others, higher up the ladder. by Nana
Fisherman makes gruesome discovery
A very unfortunate incident recently took place in Nongprue when a Thai gentleman, Mr. Amnad Pothaisong, aged 30, slipped and banged his head whilst staying with his wife at a relative’s house, whilst he looked for work. His wife, hearing a loud bang, went to investigate and found him trying to regain his feet after the fall. Insisting that he was OK, or at least would be after a good night’s sleep and refusing to go to the hospital, Mr. Amnad took himself off to bed to recover. His wife, who carried out household duties around their relative’s house whilst her husband was out looking for work, went to bed at her normal time and checked on her husband who seemed to be fast asleep. She became uneasy at around 3.30am, and checking again, found that her husband had
stopped breathing; at this stage, she called the police for help. Lieutenant Nitipoom Bootwong, Banglamung Police Investigator, arrived on the scene with a Sawangboriboon paramedic rescue team, but it proved impossible to resuscitate the dead man. The deceased’s wife explained to the officer that the couple had been staying with his reliteve’s for about two months, whilst he looked for work after they moved from their home in Nakornratchasreema. Work was very, very hard to find in their home town, and they hoped Pattaya would prove to be a better bet. Police found no signs of foul play and believe the young man died from head injuries sustained during his fall. His body has been sent for an autopsy to confirm and find out the exact cause. by Somboon
A local fishing boat crew made a gruesome discovery recently about 18 miles out
to sea in the vicinity of Pai (Bamboo) Island, and took the body of a man, who they
had found floating in the water, back to dry land where they were met by a Sawangboriboon paramedic rescue team and police officers. When the rescue teams arrived, they observed the fishing boat towing the dead body towards the dock. Upon closer examination the body which had no head, arms or legs from the knee down appeared to have been in the water for something like a month and probably belonged to a foreigner with a large frame. The son of the boat owner who had made the gruesome discoery told
police officers that he and four friends had been on their way back to shore after a mornings fishing when they spotted the body floating in the water. They used nets to snare and then tow the dead person back to shore whilst contacting emergency services by mobile phone. The body, which is believed to be a foreigner, cannot be identified and a forensic laboratory will be utilised to try and find out the identity of "John Doe" and his cause of death. by Nana
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Promotional parties held at the The ‘Cove’ nears completion of the most event, most Saturday new ‘Avatara’ Condominium Project One prestigious buildevenings, with excel-
The Scandinavian backed ‘Logans Thailand Co. Ltd.’ Based in Bangsaen are well known as major residential housing developers in the Rayong province. However, their new development the ‘Avatara Condominium Proj-
ect’ brings them much closer to Pattaya. The new project, which is perfectly positioned on the southern end of Jomtien Beach Road and only 50m from the beach, has already impressed possible purchas-
ers with the construction quality, attention to detail and its stunning roof-top swimming pool. The ongoing opening parties are a must for anyone looking to purchase or invest in the Pattaya property market.
New “Asian Bazaar” Shopping In Central Festival
There is no doubt that the opening of the new “Central Festival”complex between Beach Road and Pattaya Second Road has created a whole new shopping experience for residents and tourists alike, because it is the biggest seafront mall in Asia. It never feels crowded due to its immense size, and various sections on many of the floors are set aside for specific types of businesses. This makes things a lot easier for shoppers, and financial services is a good example, where all of the banks are concentrated in one area. Likewise if visitors are only looking for small traditional Thai items, then shops selling these types of souvenier and giftware items have been kept together on the ground floor, which has made shopping an absolute delight for shoppers. This new area is named the
“Asian Bazaar” and consists of thirty nine shops selling a high standard of merchandise at very competitive prices. Since its grand opening in February, the “Central Festival – Pattaya Beach” has been a huge success and introduced some mind boggling experiences for traditional shoppers, who thought that shopping was
just another tiresome chore that had to be done. Here at the “Central Festival – Pattaya Beach” you have time to walk around and observe, take a coffee break with friends, dine at one of the many restaurants, or pamper yourself with a massage or some new style in beauty, thus turning a job into a relaxing outing.
Quiet launch for ‘Ivory Beach’ The ‘Blue Lagoon Watersports Club’ just south of Pattaya are to get new neighbours after the Thai Developers who built the ‘Goldan Sands Hotel’ almost a decade ago, are to bring us the ‘Ivory Beach Condominium Project’. Sales director, Mr. John Wood, opted for a
low key opening party but the event was no less impressive with fine European style food and excellent wines. The new projects, situated slightly north of the Ambassador Hotel, Na Jomtien, promises to become one of Pattaya’s most highly prized residential developments.
ing projects in Pattaya, ‘The Cove’, recently hosted a special afternoon for disadvantaged children with lots of food, games and goodies on offer to ensure a fun packed afternoon was enjoyed by all. Into the evening, and selected real estate
brokers and possible clients were invited along for a cocktail party. The cocktail parties are to become a regular
Bangkok Airways rejoices the sixth year of winning Skytrax
Best Regional Airline Asia Award for 2009 Bangkok Airways breaks another record with repeated success in winning the annual assessment of the World Airline Award as the “Best Regional Airline” six times in a row since 2004. This year, the sixth, was announced earlier through the World Airline Awards poll conducted by Skytrax (www. worldairlineawards.com) following the airline’s recognition on the top rung in the regional category since 2004. Mr. Keerati Chantree, from Bangkok Airways’ Frankfurt
Office, recently represented the company as he received the award at the Aircraft Interior Expo in Hamburg,
Germany. Meanwhile, M.L. Nandhika Varavarn, the airline’s vice president for
Indian holiday company supports Thailand Recently, the ‘Fun Holiday Instant Reservation Pvt. Ltd’. India, met up with the Pattaya press at the Ice Bar, Amari Ocean Tower. The company, which was established in 1993, is a hotel and resort destination marketing company, attached to many hotels and resorts in India and operating as their marketing office. The company is networked with in excess of 600 travel agents and 300 corporate companies from India. ‘Fun Holiday’ provides turn key travel solutions to corporate businesses and to travel agent for individual travellers. In 2000, the company started marketing ‘MICE’ movement in destinations like Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Dubai, Sri Lanka etc. in a big way. In the last two years
the company has entered the Thailand market with the assistance of a main tour operator from Thailand, Phenoinfin Co., Ltd. In the years 2009
and 2010, Fun Holidays will put maximum force into marketing Thailand in India and plan to host various events with the focus on bringing a minimum of 2000 tourists to Thailand through their own source. Fun Holidays operates with professionalism and is headed by Mr. Anand Sandil, Managing Director & Mrs. Darshana Sandil, Director, both of whom are assisted
Shooting Range has Grand Opening In continuing endeavours to ensure Navy personal are ready for any crisis and trained to the highest possible level, a new shooting range was recently opened at Pramaha Jessadaratchao
Base, Plutaluang, Sattahip, by Rear Admiral Suwit Tararoop, Commandant of Royal Thai Marine Corps. Commander of the 1st Infantry, Captain Ekkahan, welcomed the honoured
lent food supplied by the well known Amari Hotel Resort. As the ‘Cove’ nears completion, it will have its ‘Topping Off’ ceremony next month, the developers are moving along quickly and expect the project will be finished by early 2010. corporate communications, spoke on behalf of the company that, “It’s definitely another year of excitement for all of us at Bangkok Airways for winning, once again, the Best Regional Airline Asia Award 2009 from Skytrax. This year’s achievement naturally makes us Asia’s one and only winner of the Best Regional Airline title six years in a row since 2004 – unfolding the years of dedication to excel in a complete airline service under the ASIA’S BOUTIQUE AIRLINE brand,” said M.L. Nandhika. by Mr. Ashutosh Rawal and his team of 40 staff. Mr. Sandil is a post-graduate from the field of commerce and tourism with 30 years experience in marketing for various products on a national and international level, he has been actively attached to the tourism industry for the last 20 years. With his wide experience managing hotels and resorts in India and abroad he can utilise his experience as a marketing advisor. He is socially well connected and he believes in hard work and sincerity. At the age of 55+ he is very active and believes that one should work a minimum of 12 hours a day. He has fascinating ideas to promote Thailand and loves Thailand as a destination.
guests and gave a short speech on the benefits the new range will offer the service personal. He enthused that better training facilities offered Navy personal the opportunity of not only improving their shooting skills, but with that comes, discipline which leads to healthier minds and bodies. This new training facility will be a great help in the ongoing battle to train Navy personal to the highest standard for possible deployment in the southern provinces, and breeds a feeling of comradeship between the serving officers and enlisted men.
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Sheraton Pattaya Resort packages stylish spa experience
As the global financial crisis and its fallout continues to take its toll on personal stress levels, Sheraton Pattaya Resort has launched a refreshing new antidote with a suitably multi-front approach that promises to quickly restore you to a sense of wellbeing and fun. The new Spa and Recreation package combines world-class treatments at the resort’s deluxe Amburaya spa with guests’ choosing from the pick of what Pattaya has to offer in terms of topquality leisure and recreation experiences and activities. Guests can choose one of four shows and excursions; • Elephant Trekking - A visit to the Elephant Village will include a rustic backto-nature elephant trek. • The Tropical & Botanical Garden Leisure Trip - Plant lovers may prefer a visit to the nearby Nong Nooch Garden with its expansive, beautifully laid-out tropical botanical gardens. • The Sanctuary of Truth - Heritage connoisseurs can indulge their interest at the Towering Castle, a definitively Asian vantage point meticulously carved from solid teak with breathtaking views across the countryside. • Tiffany Show - A generous slice of glamour, guests can choose tickets for the Tiffany Show, the original transvestite cabaret which is especially guaranteed to take people’s minds off
more concerning matters. Meanwhile, the healing half of the package comprises a blissful two hours spa session comprising three treatments within the serene confines of Amburaya Spa. Start with a 30 mins Marine Algae Envelopment body wrap and as your skin is teased to new levels of cleanliness and softness, move on to a 60 mins Amburaya Embrace massage that will leave you feeling as supple as a yoga master. Finish off with a 30 mins Skin Light Facial for that glowing film star sheen to your complexion. The package is offered at a knock-down inclusive rate of THB 4,900++ per person or THB 8,600++ per couple from 1 April – 30 September 2009. Advance bookings are recommended. For more information or reservation, please call 038 259888 or email:spa.amburaya@ sheraton.com. Address: 437 Phra Tamnak Road, Pattaya, Chonburi 20150.
Lighting the way forward with Solar
It has taken its time but the Green Revolution is here in a big way and none more evident than in the recent automobile rescue package conditions delivered by both President Obama and Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Through Northern Thai and Eastern Gate (EG) we may just be seeing the revolution beginning here too with the introduction of green, solar powered products. Could it be that in a global market being ravaged by recession that a healthier, cleaner world
could emerge as a bi-product through greener initiatives?... Providing Hot Water and Ornamental Garden appliances Northern Thai and EG have been given marketing rights for the domestic market by Technology Green Solutions and this will see customers here able to buy a diverse range of green products, be that to generate hot water, provide light for the garden or power a water fountain. John Seymour, MD of Northern Thai, is positive of
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Pattaya Business Seminar Bangkok Airways adds third Calls for Foreign Quota daily flight to Phnom Penh Increase in Thai Condominiums with the Blue Ribbon Class
Participating in the seminar are (from left) Pattaya Business and Tourism Association President, Jamroon Vitsavachaipan; Pattaya City Mayor, Ittipol Khunpleum; Tourism Authority of Thailand Chairman, Weerasak Kowsurat; Knight Frank Chartered (Thailand) Director of Residential Department, Frank Khan; Raimon Land Director of Sales and Marketing, Henri Young; and Chulalongkorn University Head of Research Division for Elderly-Friendly Housing Environment, Department of Housing Faculty of Architecture, Assoc Prof Trirat Jaruthat.
Panellists called for an increase in the amount of condominiums foreigners can buy in developments in Pattaya during a recent halfday seminar, “Approaches to Bolster the Tourism and Real Estate Sectors in Pattaya”, organised by luxury property developer, Raimon Land, and the Pattaya city administration. The seminar, held on Friday, 27 March, acknowledged the double-barrel effect that the global financial crisis and Thailand’s political and social instability is having on Pattaya’s economy, and encouraged businesses to adjust their strategies to successfully weather the storm. Pattaya City Mayor Ittipol Khunpleum opened the forum, stating that his first priority is the tourism sector, and his administration has been urging businesses to stay up to date on the policies designed to boost tourism in Pattaya and help the residents of the city. “Pattaya is a well known tourism destination not only in the region but throughout the world. The challenge for us now is to entice tourists to stay for longer and visit us more frequently,” Mayor Ittipol said. “To do this we need to keep working hard to develop the city and its infrastructure to make them feel comfortable and welcome so they feel like they want to extend their stay
with us.” Given the clear link between tourism and property investment in Pattaya, the natural consequence of attracting visitors to stay longer is for them to live in the city – with the retirement market presenting a key opportunity. Panellists, including executives from Raimon Land PLC., Knight Frank Chartered (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Central Pattana PLC. and the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, suggested that increasing the foreign quota at condominium developments would stimulate the property market and the economy, and create the structure to attract investment from the home retirement market. They said increasing the quota could attract an additional THB6 billion in sales across ten current projects, while pointing to the strong international demand that still exists, as seen in the jump in foreign enquiries into projects in Thailand, many of which have filled their 49% foreign quota. Raimon Land Director of Sales and Marketing, Henri Young, said: “In 1999, the government put a special policy in place that opened up the foreign quota for a limited time to encourage investment. Perhaps the current administration could consider doing the same in response to current market conditions.”
this venture,"I've always believed solar power has huge potential but, until recently, it was an expensive option. Now advances in the technolgy mean it is more affordable, more efficient and available to everyone." Property Maintenance from cleaning pools to buidling extensions Not wishing to stop at that, Northern Thai have also expanded their services within property maintenance with
the introduction of this sector headed up by Satnuan Sudcha. John explains, "Satnuan's a good all-rounder capable of turning his hand to most building projects. We have extended our range and can do everything connected with a building." For more details on both solar products and/or property maintenance, contact John Seymour on 038 267141 or Email email@example.com.
Bangkok Airways launches its third daily flight between Bangkok and Phnom Penh, together with the airline’s new business class – Blue Ribbon Class (BRC) – on all flights servicing this route. The new service is hoped to stimulate the tourism business between the two countries. Promotional Business class fare for Bangkok – Phnom Penh (R/T) is 9,900 Baht. (Starts from 29 March to 30 June 2009) The fare is ex-
clusive of Airport taxes, Fuel Surcharge and Insurance. For more information and reservation, please contact Bangkok Airways’ Call Center- 1771 or visit www.bangkokair.com
Fire prevention and fire fighting training program
The Ministry of Labour recently organised a fire prevention and fire fighting training program for night venues, hotels and department stores to ensure they are aware of, and act upon; the new Ministry of Interior act for the safety of employees due to come into effect on November 21st, 2009. The new law requires all business operators have a fire prevention program to protect the lives of employees and clients. The new measures must be easy to understand and have clear
and precise instructions and step-by-step instructions on evacuation. Owners will also be responsible for ensuring that the premises are inspected at least once a year, that staff are trained in the act of fire prevention, that proper training in the event of a fire being discovered should be outlined and emergency evacuation training should be undertaken at least once a year. The recent training seminar took place at the Ambassador Hotel with many business owners attending.
BOI hosted New Directions for Eastern Investment for investors
The Dusit Thani Resort Hotel in north Pattaya was recently the venue for a seminar organised by the (BOI) Board of Investment, entitled ‘New Directions for Eastern Investment’. The seminar was presided over by Mr. Charnchai Chairungrueng, Minister of Industry, with Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, and other local officials welcoming the 600 government officials and business men, both Thai and foreigners, on
behalf of Pattaya City. With full support from the government, 2009 is ‘Thailand’s Year of Investment’, and this seminar informed those attending of the new policies, rules, laws and regulations that are coming into force in the near future. Guest speakers included the BOI Secretary General, Department of Industrial Works, and the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare. by Nana
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Pattaya Marriott joined Earth Hour
Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa took part in global efforts to save the environment when it turned off the lights for Earth Hour. General Manager Somsak Tanruengsri (far right) was joined by Marriott associates and guests to switch off all nonessential lighting at 8.00pm on March 28 2009. Tens of millions of people in more than 2,700 cities worldwide took part. Guests at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa who pledged not use electricity in their rooms during Earth Hour were given a Food and Spa discounts. Earth Hour also marked the start of Marriott International’s Environmental Awareness Month. Running throughout April, the event aims to celebrate the company's commitment to environmentally responsible operations, raise awareness of environmental issues, and involve associates in environmental activities.
The Charity Club of Pattaya
Christina & Malcolm Boden of The Charity Club of Pattaya presents certificates of appreciation to U.T.S. & The Queen Victoria Inn. The next charity event hosted by the Charity Club of Pattaya will be on Tuesday 21st April Celebrating St.George’s Day at the Caddy Shack (Nr the old Harley Bar). Contact Christina or Malcolm for details and tickets or Keith at the Caddy Shack. Christina 0895454185 Malcolm on 089 7441040, firstname.lastname@example.org. In photo, Vic King owner of the Queen Victoria Inn with Malcolm Boden Charity Club of Pattaya.
Dusit Thani Pattaya donates to temple
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Bachelors gather at Moooore Bar & Grill
Popular bachelors were welcomed by Cathel Brett, Mooooore Bar & Grill Manager. The bachelors enjoyed a lunch at the bar during their visit to Pattaya. Pictured from left to right; Chalak Chewakasemsuk, Krit Chawakul, Toon Mahadumrongkul,Cathel Breatt ,Kan Kantathavorn, Satjakaj Chitpungtham, Ekburus Srisanit and Nattaphon Ratnipol.
Outstanding Employee of The Year Amari Orchid Resort & Tower
5-Star Ocean Tower inspection by The Oriental Tours France Dusit Thani Pattaya led by its General Manager Chatchawal Supachayanont pay a visit to Jittapawan Temple off Na Klua Road in Pattaya City to bring donations of cash and basic goods. The visit is a monthly gesture as part of the hotel’s programs to serve the community.
Playing ‘Russian Roulette’ with your health The leading tour agent team from France, The Oriental Tours, was recently warmly welcomed by the Management Team of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya, including Mr. David Cumming, General Manager (4th right), and Mr. Simon Dell, Executive Assistant Manager – Rooms Division (1st left). The VIP guests felt right at home at the exclusive executive Horizon Club in the 5-star Ocean Tower of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower. The group was delighted with the resort and its 5-star facilities!
Liam’s Art Gallery hosts a talented visitor
Guest speaker at the Pattaya Expats Club, health consultant Pascal Deville, explained to members the philosophy behind the Pattaya Nutrition Club. Pascal started his presentation by reading the definition of good health as laid down by the World Health Organisation, and explained that ‘good health’ is a complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely an absence of disease or infirmity. Through the Pattaya Nutrition Club, Pascal offers free advice on your health and will show you the way to lead a healthier lifestyle. During his presentation, he explained, “Living an unhealthy lifestyle is far more dangerous than playing Russian Roulette, now is the time to make those changes”.
Sukishi self service restaurant is fun dining
What better way to round off a hectic week of work, or golf, than to pop into Liam’s on Soi 5 on the lower side of Pratumnak Road on a Friday evening, to enjoy a glass of wine, relax and peruse some of the finest art from Thai and foreign artists? From 6.00pm each Friday evening, no two nights are the same and recently they hosted an extremely talented Bangkok artist and a ‘charcoal art specialist’. He was watched in amazement as he deftly completed lifelike portraits of some of the visitors in around 10 minutes. His eye for detail and incredible skill makes him very sought after, with a permanent exhibition in Bangkok.
A new dining experience recently opened its doors at the Tesco/Lotus store situated on the corner of Sukhumvit Road near Thepprasit Road. This new Asian style eatery allows you to cook your own unique blend of meats and vegetables, etc. in your individual hot-pots, whilst you can select extra servings of mouth watering delicacies as they pass before your eyes on a continually passing conveyor belt. This is a new dining experience, ‘with a twist’, and well worth parking your trolley next time you’re doing the shopping then check it out.
Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya, led by Mr. David Cumming, General Manager recently celebrated its annual ‘Outstanding Employee of The Year’ Dinner at Sudtangrak Restaurant, Jomtien Beach. Khun Chayapat Deekaew (5th left, standing), HR Officer, was the diligent recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Employee of the Year Award. He was congratulated by his fellow colleagues.
Suphannahongse Awards 2009 Best Actress, Khun Koy Ratchawin and Khun Pae Arak
The Suphannahongse Awards 2009 Best Actress, Khun Koy Ratchawin (3rd right) and Khun Pae Arak, (4th right), warmly welcomed on their recent stay at the exclusive executive Horizon Club in the 5-Star Ocean Tower of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya, by Khun Dhaninrat Klinhom (2nd right), Director of Public Relations. In photo, from left to right: Khun Weerawan, Executive Horizon Club Guest Service Agent, Khun Rasamee, Executive Horizon Club Manager, Khun Pae Arak, Khun Koy Ratchawin, Khun Dhaninrat, Director of PR, Khun Rujiraporn, Executive Horizon Club Guest Service Agent
Keen Carrefour shopper
Often amused by the number of ‘things’ one of our fellow workers can transport on his motorbike, we were delighted recently to see him completely outclassed by a local lady on her weekly shopping trip. With around 12 shopping bags containing every imaginable household item; We couldn’t see a new kitchen sink, but we wouldn’t be surprised to find she had one. This lady truly amazed our photographer with the amount, and weight, of goods, she managed to take home in one trip.
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Happy Birthday Bea Goodbye Nova Lodge
Ms. Bea Grunwell recently celebrated her birthday in style at Restaurant Casa Pascal with her close friends. She, like all the other guests who celebrated their birthday at Casa Pascal, was given a free birthday cake and a special surprise gift from Restaurant Casa Pascal. In photo are Chef Pascal Schnyder, presenting a special surprise gift to Ms. Bea Grunwell for her birthday.
Grand opening of the Pattaya Nails Spa
The new Pattaya Nails Spa recently opened to provide the very best treatments for nails and toes along with other services that include coffee or tea treatment, pedicure, Acrylic nail extensions, Axxium gel treatments, FX nail art, etc. to name a few. The new store which features OPI products is located at 333/14 Moo 9, soi Yume, Nongprue, and they can be telephoned on 081-423-0111 and 087-516-1707 for further information on prices and services.
On 31st March 2009, after 16 years, Nova Lodge Hotel has changed its name to Centara Beach Hotel. Seen in picture is Nova Group’s CEO, Rony Fineman & his staff, at their farewell party. Nova Group will open its Four Star Nova Gold Hotel in November 2009, also in 2010 Nova Group will open its first property in Bangkok. Nova Hotel Bangkok as well as in Pattaya, will soon open Nova Jungle Hotel & Nova Platinum Hotel Phase 3.
Universal Supermarket now open
Universal Supermarket is now open at the Bali Hai Plaza and managed by Mr. Yuri, who has more than 10 years experience in supermarket management. Universal Supermarket offers quality foods and drinks from all over the world. They want to make sure that they select only the best for the customers.
700 visitors attend conference
Bangkok Pattaya Hospital hosts PBTA meeting The world acclaimed, Bangkok – Pattaya International Hospital, can always be counted on to do their bit for the community and are also very strong on public relations. The hospital recently hosted a dinner meeting for business and tourism delegates. This annual general meeting was held to elect new office bearers for the year ahead, and President Jumroon was re-elected for another term.
Sixty Chinese tour operators visit Pattaya
Around sixty ‘Chinese Tour Operators’ recently descended on Pattaya in an attempt to dispel the negative media propaganda written about Pattaya, and allow the operators to see for themselves the facts about our wonderful city. The tour which it is hoped will be widely reported throughout China will help to squash the adverse myths hopefully see Pattaya reported as a preferred holiday destination. Special conferences were held at the Jomtien Holiday hotel off Jomtien Beach Road, which were supported by City Hall and tourist officials and Pattaya’s tourist police officers. It is hoped that with such visits being organised it will greatly benefit the businesses of Pattaya involved in the tourist industry.
The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) recently organised a huge one day conference at the Pattaya Dusit-Thani Hotel that was attended by more than 700 visitors. The seminar stressed the importance of foreign investment, tourism and high-tech industries for the further development of the nation. The opening address was given by the Chonburi Governor and noteworthy officials included the Minister for Industry Khun Chanchai Chaiurungroeng, and the BOI Secretary General, Dr. (Mrs.) Atchaka Brimble.
‘Odd couple’ spotted at the Amari
One of the most anticipated fun nights out in Pattaya is to dress in your best bib and tucker and enjoy a thespian evening with the Pattaya Players Theatrical Group. This relatively new theatre troupe, are proving to be a very professional amateur group and their recent adaptation of the famous stage play, ‘The Odd Couple’ was no exception. The play was particularly hilarious as it was the ‘female’ version which many believe is funnier than the original. The gala dinner event was held at the Amari Hotel Ballroom, and the cast and behind scenes workers were all very gratified by the positive response from the audience.
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by Peter Lloyd
I often say I enjoy receiving emails from readers, even when they disagree with my views. I had a few interesting emails in response to my recent article lamenting the demise of Nigel Cornick, and praising the previous advertising of Raimon Land which rehabilitated Pattaya’s international image (whilst also selling the company’s high priced condos). Some local concerns emerged from these emails about Pattaya’s perceived over-development and the state of the real estate market generally, and I thought I would repeat some of these interesting comments. One correspondent was highly critical of the construction of some of the mega projects in Naklua which he felt were unsightly. He felt the City’s planning rules needed tightening to more strictly control (or improve) access and services to some of these big projects in Pattaya, for the benefit of all residents, which I think most people in Pattaya would agree with. One reader thought Pattaya was already overdeveloped and that my suggestion of removing the 49% foreign ownership restriction would be a disaster for the city,
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Pattaya’s (Over)-Development as foreign developers trample on each other in their rush to build. He was also concerned that selling more units to foreigners in
hope for an end to all the greed and speculation”. In fact he may be assisted by the ill winds of the global economic downturn which
It’s a concrete jungle out there
developments where one nationality might predominate, may create an international “ghetto effect” in some developments. I have already heard of some reluctance amongst Thais to buy into developments which seem to be popular with certain foreign nationals, but my correspondent also suggested other foreign nationals are shunning developments which are perceived as being aimed at specific nationalities. He finished with an antideveloper flourish: “I just
may do the job for him. Another reader wrote to me, concerned about the active promotion and selling of condos in developments “even though they will never be built”. Of course, they may LOOK like they won’t be built, but there may be good commercial reasons for this and many may simply be mothballed until economic conditions make them financially viable again, but his point, from a consumer’s perspective is a good one. People pay deposits in the good times, and don’t expect
In the last edition of Pattaya Today, which only records some of the many serious crimes in a two week period in the City, there were reports of a number of fatal road accidents involving negligence or worse, a number of stabbings, three deaths by shooting, two injuries by gunfire, and a whole host of drug busts, and I don’t think they covered all of the five separate shooting incidents in Pattaya the night the music festival ended. And of course, we all know of people who are themselves victims, or who witness serious incidents, where people are set upon, mugged, robbed, held up, beaten, or threatened, on the streets of the City (sometimes in major tourist areas like Walking Street) but who
either refuse to file a crime report, or if they do, the crimes are not reported in the press because of the sheer number of serious incidents in the City. In the days that followed the last edition of the paper, a British man was killed whilst being pursued by thieves on a motorbike in Soi Siam Country Club, more bag snatches were recorded in the City and some more stabbings and shootings occurred. The list goes on, but there in lies the problem. There ARE NO LISTS. Nobody seems to collate crime statistics in Pattaya and if they do, they are not published. If the powers that be want to do something about the crime rate, we need to know what it is first, and rather than
have Chinese whispers about crimes reported and unreported, and a local press which can’t accurately report on the true level of crimes, maybe deferring to advertisers, maybe to officials, maybe even because too much crime is depressing and boring to read about and their pages would be full of nothing but crime, maybe it’s time for monthly crime statistics to be produced by the police or City hall. This could be done at a local press conference, where they can talk about trends and hopefully highlight improvements in the crime rate and the clear-up rate, and be more closely questioned about crime in the city, so we can all (Thais and foreigners) have a better understanding of it.
huge delays in the building process, where their money is in limbo, as times get harder, with no start date in sight. It is possible that some developments may never be built as the recession takes its toll, and the phrase “buyer beware” has never felt so pertinent. My reader’s advice, with which I would personally concur, was only to buy condos which are built, and then the uncertainty about will it or won’t it get built and if it gets built what will the finish and quality be like when it is completed (always a big worry in Pattaya it seems) simply vanishes. As does the question of what is it worth when it’s finished. Trying to predict the market in 3 years’ time, to decide if the price you are being asked to pay per square metre will be a fair reflection of value when the development is built was always difficult. Now it is near impossible.
The Promenade at Nong Khai
I have just come back from a trip up to Nong Khai, with my wife, to visit her family for their annual Chinese ancestor celebration, which I really enjoy taking part in. Spending your day in a cemetery sounds a bit morbid, but in fact it is an enjoyable look at another culture, and how they treat death, and the food is superb, as a huge picnic is prepared, and I meet relatives I only get to see once a year. Nong Khai is one of my
favourite places in Thailand. For me it doesn’t get much better than sauntering alongside the flat Mekong River, looking over to Laos on the opposite bank, the hot sun beating down on me from a deep blue sky. Everything always seems right with the world when I am up there. And when I come back, revitalised and relaxed, I have a more enjoyable time in Pattaya also, which is part of the reason I travel so much.
One of the worst features for me of living in Pattaya is the preponderance of nasty looking, battered, converted pickup trucks, usually travelling in convoys of two or three vehicles, going so slowly on the city’s roads that they cause traffic jams, all blasting out the same unpleasant advertising at an unacceptably high volume. Usually it is for Thai boxing or some other cheap-looking promotion. Certainly I wouldn’t say this lowest form of advertising, usually aimed at the lowest common denominator, lends itself to premium branding, or would be likely to attract the (interested) attention of many tourists. When you combine the irritation value with what these blaring truck are usually peddling, I reckon it is an own goal to use them. And so it was with some surprise recently that I saw a convoy of these clapped-out, low-rent trucks rattling at a snail’s pace along South Pattaya Road, holding up traffic as usual,
and aurally assaulting anyone unlucky enough to be within a mile of their noise, blaring out advertising for a promotion at one of the poshest hotels in Pattaya! Hmm. Either someone in the market-
ing department, left to use their own initiative, got that badly wrong, or times are indeed hard and advertising costly.
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A Plea for Moderation and Sanity I have experienced continual breaks in my Internet service from TOT for more than two years. I live on the end of Wong Amat Road and there is obviously too little capacity. I call TOT and they send a service rep who fiddles with my router and tells me they will check
Dear Bruce, It’s always distressing to hear of the demise of someone who was a well loved community member. Our publishing of your sad news will be broadcast and passed on to those who knew Jim and will have the opportunity to commiserate with his son, Thanks again Bruce for notifying us about Jim. Bertthomas@yahoo.co.uk Dear Editor, I have once again been ripped off by yet another unscrupulous Thai landlord for my supposedly returnable rental deposit. Any suggestions?
the lines. But the same on and off service continues. I had a professional come and check my speed and wiring and was told that my incoming service does not even equal a standard modem in speed while I am paying for “High Speed Internet”. I would think it a crime to collect for a product that is not being delivered. But all I get from TOT for two years is “we will check your lines”. Gary Hacker Dear Gary, Sadly internet services in Pattaya leave much to be desired, It may just be that the service engineer is merely fobbing you off with a lame excuse because he’s inept, A recent urban rumour has it that a great deal of bandwidth is being diverted for the new G3 service, If I were you, I’d go in and see the manager and tell him about your professional’s advice and if they can’t improve your service, demand a reimbursement. Gentle people.. You may not have learned of the passing of a favourite Pattaya resident, so I wanted to let you know that JIM TULLY passed away March 12, 2009 in Hawaii. Jim and I learned the Vietnamese language together in 1967-68, and served as civilian advisors in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. As many who met Jim later can attest, he was a great fellow, always with a witty comment and upbeat observation and a twinkle in his Irish blue eye. He was a favourite member of our CORDS I training group. Those who wish to send condolences to his son may contact him at this address: Tangi Tully 7157 Naakea Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96825 Ph. (808) 285-8537
Dear Bert, I’m afraid this practice of not returning a rental deposit is all too common in Thailand. Landlords of this sort make a fortune from foreign tenants and frequently dream up some ludicrous excuse for not reimbursing bilked tenants, usually property damage. I suspect you didn’t get a receipt, or if you did it was probably in Thai and may evenhave contained get out clauses. Such individuals rely on foreigners giving up, so be persistent and even report it to the Tourist Police, attempting to get them to come and give you moral support. Next time, get an agreement in English and Thai specifying that you want a reimbursement at the end of your contract or you won’t stay there. Victor Flood, South Pattaya. Dear Editor, I was appalled at the recent Red Shirts’ assault on the prime minister at the Royal Cliff. When are these hooligans going to learn some respect? Dear Victor, We all here at Pattaya Today share your indignation at the attack on PM Abhisit, as we’re sure do many of our readers. It’s not easy to come up with easy solutions, though. The sad fact of the matter is that many of the UDD supporters join the ranks for no other purpose than to cause mayhem, having little or no interest in the political issues, very much in the same vein as football hooligans. It’s also true that the rank and file are drawn from the urban and rural poor whose degree of selfcontrol or standards of acceptable behaviour are not high. They may too be drawn into the emot i o n a l l y charged atmosphere of the mob and loose any individual restraint. It’s frankly up to their leaders to exercise a modicum of control before the authorities are forced to take more draconian measures
As foreign guests in Thailand it might be said that we have no right to comment on the political situation and if we’re not content, we’re perfectly at liberty to return to our countries of origin. But, frankly, it’s very difficult to hold one’s counsel when the premier is almost lynched by manic UDD Red Shirts, more aptly ‘Red Devils’, who he’d tried to seek refuge from in Pattaya, but who had relentlessly pursued him, nevertheless. One has to admire the aplomb and sangfroid of the beleaguered prime minister, after effectively being held hostage along with his ministers for several hours in the Royal Cliff by a 400-strong mob of apparently manic Red Shirts on April 6; he’d obviously learnt some valuable lessons on the playing-fields of Eton. Soon after, he was besieged by 50, largely female, protesters who had stormed after Abhisit’s BMW, hurling plastic bottles when it stopped at traffic lights. Then, when Abhisit was transferred to police SUV for his own safety, the stick-wielding protesters surrounded it, wrenched open the door, attacked the driver and bodyguards and broke the back window with a motorcycle helmet. To this assault on his dignity, Abhisit coolly responded “I did not panic. I can still work normally”. Apparently, the inability of the police to forewarn or adequately protect the premier resulted in the Pattaya police chief being transferred to an inactive post for 30 days! PM Abhisit, however, staunchly avoids a draconian response to what is increasingly becoming mob violence, inflamed by Thaksin’s rebel rousing. Instead, Abhisit favours a softly-softly approach, evidently sympathising with the dictat of French Revolutionary, Comte de Mirabeau, that “No measure of outrages shall bear down my patience” and advocates conciliation, which, unfortunately, both Thaksin and the Red Shirt leader, Jatuporn Prompan, have rejected, declaring “the situation now is beyond negotiation”. Abhisit did counter Thaksin’s recent strident calls for revolution, however, announcing on TV “We cannot allow a civil war or a people’s revolution” and warned Bangkok UDD protesters rallying on April 8 that “If the situation leads to a riot, the government cannot stand still”. Thaksin, who seems to becoming more Napoleonic by the moment, personifying an Orwellian Big Brother figure and a god-like icon to his acolytes, is never seen in person, just staring out of video-screens, pontificating and maligning all and sundry, whilst hiding, Scarlet Pimpernel-like, in Cambodia. His latest ‘Two Minutes’ Hate’ video diatribes have been directed at certain Privy Councillors, notably the revered Prem Tinsulanond, accusing them of instigating the coup, which ousted him. Their spokesman, Privy Councillor Pichitr Kullavanijaya, has retaliated by citing the corruption of Thaksin’s government and its infringements of free speech, further slating Thaksin for his audacious avoidance of jail, and demanding his prosecution, both for lese-majesty slights against the monarchy, and his Cayman Islands money-laundering. The scenario is becoming polarized into one of cynical selfserving in contrast to ethical resilience. Again, Abhisit, apparently following Comte de Mirabeau’s avowed intent - “girt with my conscience and armed with my principles, (I) would brave the universe” – is exploiting the game of Eton Fives. Thaksin has played his service, but according to the rules, Abhsit’s “first cut,” i.e. return, doesn’t have to be made until he gets a service to his liking. That this is so is borne out by PM’s Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey’s declaration that “We will not sow social conflict and we will not respond to Thaksin,” and unlike Thaksin “The government will neither use the media as a political tool nor use force against protesters”. Despite the Red Shirts’ constant clamouring for PM Abhisit to dissolve parliament and hold elections, Abhisit remains adamant that his government must stay in power to resolve the pressing socio-economic problems, for only by determined governmental action and manifest transparency can international confidence be restored, especially by improving Thailand’s sovereign ratings to encourage the acquisition of the foreign loans necessary to stimulate the economy from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and Japan International Co-operation Agency. As for the Red Shirts’ myopia, Comte de Mirabeau’s admirable advice to the common people says it all “Be firm, not obstinate; courageous, not turbulent; free, not undisciplined; prompt, not precipitate”.
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by Bee McConville
Some of you might be a little mystified when looking at homes to buy or rent when the information states ‘European kitchen’, particularly
if you are looking at recently built properties. Surely all houses and condos have such a kitchen, which we can safely assume means a modern kitchen with sink, drainer, cooker, worktops, cupboards and all other things that
anyone might expect to find in a kitchen ‘back home’? However, a ‘modern kitchen’ is not what you would normally find in a traditional, and sometimes not so traditional, Thai home. If you were to visit a Thai home in a rural area, or even one of the older type houses in the heart of Pattaya or Bangkok, more often than not you would find the kitchen away from the house itself. It tends to be quite a simple space
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If you can’t stand the heat …..
which is open to the air and definitely without air conditioning! The main feature is the ‘cooker’ although it is nothing like the cooker you would have in your own kitchen: no knobs, no temperature control, no oven, no extractor, no gas, no electricity….. Most of the cooking is done using a charcoal pot which is placed under a circular opening in a
Rather than a fine array of kitchen units, a Thai kitchen only has a couple of cupboards in which to store kitchen utensils, dry food, herbs, spices, pastes and sauces such as nam pla (fish sauce), oyster sauce, soy sauce and sweet chili dipping sauce. Needless to say, there would be no fridge, so all the ingredients needed for a day’s cooking are bought fresh from the market each morning. You may find water filled saucers under the feet of any free standing cupboard, which is a failsafe method of keeping the ants at bay, something that modern kitchens generally fail to do. Thai kitchens also do not necessarily have sinks with running water. If this is the case then the brick built stove upon dishes will be done as which a wok is placed. A they are on street stalls, spare sack of charcoal is which is using two bowls always kept close to the of water – one to wash cooking area so that if and one to rinse. Thai it runs out in the middle washing detergent is of a cooking session, the slightly different to that cook can just grab another used in the west as it is handful and lob it onto the embers in the pot
specially formulated for use with cold water. It is directly applied from the sponge onto the dirty dishes rather than being squirted into a bowl of hot water. Clean, soapy dishes are then rinsed in clear water before being left to dry in the fresh air. If the kitchen has electricity then you certainly won’t find kettles, microwaves, blenders, coffee machines or toasters, but you will find the ubiquitous rice cooker. In fact, this is the one kitchen item that you are guaranteed to see in any Thai kitchen whether in the town or country, modern or traditional. It is also the one item that any Thai moving abroad will make sure they take with them. So why is it that Thais place their kitchens away from the house? Well if you have spent even a short time in the Land of Smiles you will know that the majority of traditional Thai dishes contain pungent spices.
And if you have ever walked past a street-side open air kitchen while chilies are being fried, then you will know that if you accidentally inhale the fragrant fumes it
observed that many Thai people bought take-away food from the street so must be reasonably well-off as they could afford ready-cooked meals rather than preparing
results in a coughing fit and runny eyes. So imagine if that happened in the closed space of your kitchen/diner every day! Common sense dictates that the tasty but toxic fumes are best kept away from all living areas in the house, so the bottom of the garden seems like the most sensible location. A friend of mine who was visiting from England
dishes at home. However, as most of the people buying street food live in simple rooms or small shop houses which have limited cooking facilities and which don’t have the luxury of an outdoor kitchen, then it is quite clear that it is the desire not to be suffocated by fiery fumes that drives the streetfood scene, and certainly not wealth!
Are you one of those people who just stop? You know, when you are walking along the pavement or along Beach Road do you just stop? I know it sounds a bit weird but I come across these people all the time. There I am, walking in my brisk British fashion trying to get from A to B and trotting behind the crowds of people who are doing the same thing, and then an individual or a couple decide to just stop and block the whole pavement. They just stop, exchange a few words, or decide to make a phone call and that’s it – log-jam time! You can’t go around them as that would mean wading into a line of illegally parked motor bikes or committing suicide by stepping in front of a swerving baht bus so you just have to
stand still until the said stationary individuals decide to move on. Now you can’t be rude and
at their senseless stillness. The only sensible method to deal with this is a polite but loud ‘kor tod’ and a swift
resort to road rage tactics with a ‘get a move-on you brainless bastards’ as we are in Thailand and that is definitely not the thing to do. Neither is a shove in the back and a quick barge past because, despite how you feel, these innocent obstructors are not conducting a personal vendetta against you and are blissfully ignorant of the fact that you are seething
mime to demonstrate that there is a pedestrian tail-back reaching into the distance. However, if they are Korean this just won’t work and you will have to attempt to pass them in any reasonably polite way that you can muster. Now these inert people don’t just perform their acts on pavements, because these are the very same people that will stop just after
they have stepped off an escalator, which causes real problems for the following crowds, as there is just nowhere to go at the top of an escalator is there? And they also perform this act when stepping out of lifts: doors open, crowds attempt to exit lift but are blocked by bloody Bill and Ben just standing there deciding where they are and where they want to go. And again, you have to smile, indicate the fact that there are other people in the world and attempt to pass politely when really, on the inside, you are screaming ‘for heaven’s sake just move’ only with far more obscenities included!!
As the charcoal pot is the sole source of heat used in a Thai kitchen you will appreciate that there is no tradition of baked food in Thai cuisine. Unlike the traditional home baking of the west, which includes pies, cakes, puddings and pastries, all Thai food is cooked on top of the heat source, rather than in it. This means that all the food is cooked quickly, which keeps in the flavours and natural goodness of the dishes.
I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie
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Fool in Paradise
He was a cocky cockney and over a few drinks he told me he was in Pattaya to find a bar to purchase. He said he had managed bars in London for thirty years but was now sick of the English weather and wanted to set up a business here. When he saw me roll my eyes he defended himself by saying there was nothing he didn’t know about running a bar. He’d been told all the problems ‘other people’ have had with that particular enterprise but he was too smart for that. He knew how to do it properly. That was the only time I ever saw the guy and I sometimes wonder how he is doing. Did he in fact open a bar? Is he still in Pattaya? There are other guys who come here with no bar experience whatsoever, apart from being a regular customer in one, and buy into the business. I would like one baht for each time I’ve heard a new bar owner say, “It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make me rich, as long as it pays for itself.” I’d guess 100% of them got the first part right, but there are doubts about the second. So what personal qualities does it take to be a successful bar owner in Pattaya? Should you have a resume packed
by Frank Thring So there I was, standing like a shag on a rock at the Dolphin Roundabout at the northern end of Second Road wondering where to go next, when it hit me. No, not a baht bus, but the idea to traverse the length and breadth of Pattaya North Road. On the plus side, I hadn’t done it before. On the negative side, not a lot of bars. On the plus side, it would be good exercise. On the negative side, maybe no bars at all. But the positives won, so let me take you on a journey to point out the things you miss along Pattaya North Road when you whiz by in your car or on your motorbike. First, on the right is an undercover market which
He also took direct charge of a stock take at the end of each month. Every bottle of booze was counted and he entered the figures into his computer. According to logic, the amount of booze they had at the end of last month less the sales for the current month should equal the amount of booze remaining. But it didn’t. For the previous six months there had consistently been a discrepancy which was larger than expected and appeared to be completely random. Every business has to allow for breakages, small thefts, some undocumented freebies and some stock that goes missing for no apparent reason. That is to be expected and he had set a tolerable limit. But his missing stock was well over that and spread across his entire inventory. For instance, there would be 30 bottles of Heineken missing, 24 bottles of Carlsberg, 20 bottles of Singha, 3 bottles of Mekong plus two and a half bottles of Black Label unaccounted for. It was as if someone with varied tastes went through his stock room with a shopping trolley. That’s what convinced him it was organized and calculated, because someone was deliberately spreading their
theft across a range of products in the hope that relatively small losses from each would not arouse suspicion. The first possibility was the stock boy, but he quickly ruled that out because the lad was scrupulously honest, didn’t drink, seemed to have few friends and had been working for him for more than a year without so much as a hint of disloyalty. The only other possibility was the staff, but he couldn’t work out how they were doing it. They were not allowed to go into the stock room and every day the check bins balanced more or less with the cash. He was baffled, but kept quiet about it in order to watch each night in the hope of catching the culprit. A few weeks later, on a quiet Sunday afternoon, there were no customers so he decided that the area behind the bar needed a good cleanup. He ordered the idle staff to move some of the furniture, grab some cleaning gear and give the place the once over. When they moved a small chest freezer away from the wall, he noticed a piece of paper that had been on the floor under the freezer. Picking it up, he saw it was a ‘check bin’ dated a couple of
months earlier. That couldn’t be, because all his dockets were sequentially numbered and all had been accounted for in his computer reconciliation. But this bin was numbered nothing like the ones he used. He said nothing and took the tatty bin to his private office. At first he thought perhaps it had blown in from a nearby bar, but when he checked the handwriting against his own receipts, there was no doubt it was his very own cashier who had written it. Then he remembered the cashier had been recommended by one of his service girls, “She same same my sister,” and commenced work at about the time the stock began to disappear. Now he had the two prime suspects and knew their modus operandi. That night in the bar, as he watched and waited, he noticed the service girl suspect was very keen on serving one particular table of three farang customers. She would pounce every time they wanted to order a drink. After an hour he went over to the table to introduce himself and, while doing so, casually glanced at the dockets in their cups. Sure enough, one cup contained
dockets numbered nothing like the others. He grabbed the guy’s cup saying, “Mate, this is your lucky night. There is a problem with your check bins so what you’ve bought so far is free. I’ll take these and get you all a drink on the house.” He brought the service girl to the cashier’s desk, slammed the cup down in front of them and sacked them both on the spot. Neither protested because they could see their game was up. It had been simple. The cashier kept a ‘special’ receipt book at her desk out of sight. The service girl would select a customer, one that would spend up big but not be a bell-ringer. When she gave his order to the staff behind the bar, she would signal the cashier who would write up the ‘special’ bin. When the customer ‘checked bin’, the cashier would keep that money and the dockets separate. After work, the cashier would take the extra money and the phony dockets with her and divide the proceeds with her accomplice. All the money in the register matched the receipts and, if the missing booze was questioned, there were plenty of other people who could be responsible. It is said that even the smartest criminals make a mistake sometime and the only thing that went wrong with their plan was one dropped docket. My question to any would-be bar owner out there is this: Would you have worked out the scam? Would you have even bothered? If you answered “no’, then perhaps the Pattaya bar business is not for you.
The Irish coffee making guy pushed a trolley to our table, tossed things up in the air, set things on fire and really put on a performance before handing me the tall glass. It wasn’t cheap either, but
extremely good. I’ll have to leave it there until next time, when I’ll be back – drenched to the bone - to wander the rest of North Road up to Sukhumvit. Have a Happy Songkran!
his wife or girlfriend in, say, a late afternoon Thai cooking class for a few hours while he goes shopping for a fishing reel or left handed screwdriver. Just an idea. Before proceeding, I’d like you to do something for me. Get to a computer, bring up Google Earth and zoom in on the satellite image of North Road. Then, using a set square, compass and what you remember from your geometry classes at school, calculate the point on North Road which is the furthest away from any form of cover, such as shop awnings, doorways or even trees. Mark that spot with an ‘X’. That is where I was standing when the heavens opened and the rain began to bucket down! But I digress. Across on the right side of the road is
Ruenthai OTOP Center with plenty of well-crafted genuine Thai products and souvenirs to keep you entertained for hours. Next is the World Gem Collection. I have never been inside but it must be firmly on the tourist map as it seems popular with organised tour groups. Then we come to Pattaya City Hall, the nerve centre of this bustling city, with the large Thai flag flying out front and the silver archway across the road telling motorists the date, day and time; in case they forgot. On the left is a Tesco Lotus supermarket open daily from 9:00am until 11:00pm. Next door to City Hall is a Thai House restaurant. This I have been to, and can wholeheartedly recommend it to tourists. On the night I went with a group of friends, the Thai cultural show and dancing was splendid and the food excellent. Not the cheapest place to dine by any means, but well worth a visit. They served the best Irish coffee I have ever tasted, and it came with its own show.
The Bar Business
with extensive experience ‘back home’ or would it be better to know absolutely nothing and learn as you go? I don’t know the answer but suspect there are points for and against each argument. The following is just one example of what bar owners could be up against. A decade ago, a mate of mine ran a bar in Soi 7. Both he and the bar are long gone, but I remember one incident he related which really opened my eyes as to how clever you need to be to stay profitable in such a cut throat business. With some accounting and computer knowledge, he did all the bars accounts himself. Each morning, the receipts for the previous night would be left with him and he would go through each ‘check bin’ and enter the details into his computer. Then he would check the cash and, naturally enough, the two totals should match. He was a stickler for accuracy and had told the staff that any shortfall would be made up from their tips. Being fair, he also promised that if there was any extra, it would go towards their tips. For almost a year this system worked well and discrepancies were never more than plus or minus 100 baht.
is worth a look and I can recommend the restaurant on the corner which has good food at reasonable prices. On the opposite corner on the left side of Pattaya North Road is Best Supermarket, a great place for all your grocery needs when you don’t feel like going to the larger shopping centres. Not far away on the left is Thai Garden Resort and the famous Moon River Pub, possibly the only bar on North Pattaya Road. If you like live music and a good night out, this is a place to try. In a shop house a little further on is the Pattaya Cookery School. I mention this because it occurred to me there are a lot of foreign couples holidaying in town at the moment and a thoughtful guy might like to enrol
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L E G A L c o r ne r today
Vol. 8 No. 15 16 - 30 April 2009
The alcohol control laws To be wet or dry that is the question for the Songkran festival
By: Mr. Ponthep Werachon, Thai Solicitor & Mrs.Darunee Werachon, Thai Solicitor & Accountant of WERACHON LAW OFFICE, 315/304, Moo 12 Theppasit Road (Soi 12) Nongprue,Banglamung,Pattaya City, Chonburi 20260, Kingdom of Thailand Tel:(038)304 084,(038) 251 533Fax: (038) 304 027 Mobile: 081 423 4255,089 889 6483, Website: www.thaisolicitor.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The right to pursue the happiness is declared in the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights which corresponds to the dream of most expats in Pattaya who assert the cultural values “Who does not love wine, wife and song will be fool for his long life”. Lord Buddha doctrine us to use the moderation to lead our life. Nothing is all black and nothing is all white. Unfortunately, many people in Thailand misinterpret the moderation doctrine by break-
ing the five commandments which include the abstinence from alcohol drinks. You may see many expats in Pattaya wearing the amulet of Lord Buddha but sitting with a glass of beer in many beer bars in the Walking Street. In the western world, there was a clear consensus that while alcohol was a gift from God, its abuse was from the Devil. There is a say that “Drunkenness was condemned and punished, but only as an abuse of a God-given gift. Drink itself was not looked upon as culpable, any more than food deserved blame for the sin of gluttony. Excess was a personal indiscretion” Thailand is practically a secular state to enforce the code of morality as the laws of the nation. The mentality of “Mai Pen Rai” is the national philosophy which guarantees the liberty of people to enjoy their hedonism. In 1917, the temperance movement in the USA put the significant pressure on the government to approve the 18th amendment which prohibited
the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol consumption. In the reality, the bootlegging activities became rampant with the huge incomes without tax.
“The deputy prime minister who is the Chairman of the National Alcohol Policy Board always enjoys his hedonist life style with wine and politics”
The untouchable Al Capone ended up in jail for tax evasion by the attack of the IRS who was hungry to share these clandestine incomes. The temperance movement in Thailand who successfully protested against the listing of Beer Chang in the Stock Exchange of Thailand becomes
Little creative minds at work
by Miss Rikke and team – PA2 PA2 has this second half term been working with the theme “Animals”. We mainly worked with farm animals which are familiar to most of the children. All the children recognized the chicken, the pig, the sheep and the cow, but animals like the duck, the horse and the ox were new to some of them. We had lots of fun trying to copy the sounds of the different animals, and we made a lot of art-work which came out very well. Our milk box chickens were probably the funniest ones, but all our farm animal art looked very sweet. Samples of each farm animal art-work have been displayed in our class, so if you want to see the children’s little master-pieces done with so much creativity, please stop by and have a look! We looked a bit upon pond/
lake animals as well, and got to know about strange creatures such as the turtle, the frog and the dragonfly. We have had a great second half term, and have focused a lot on art/craft activities. I’m truly amazed by the children’s skillfulness! They managed to create a lot of beautiful art-pieces – many of them independently, and some with only a little
help. Next term we will focus more on numbers, colors and shapes, but it will be combined with art/craft activities which really interest all the children. Creativity is very important for all our wonderful children. It opens the mind to new ways of “thinking and doing”. It develops independence and self-awareness, and keeps you happy in heart and mind!
controversial for their attempt to ban alcohol during the Songkran festival. The ban or prohibition of alcohol in Thailand is mainly on the sale, while the consumption is culpable only in some circumstances because it may be in violation of the fundamental rights under the constitution. The main laws are the Alcohol Control Act 2007 and the Announcement of the Military Junta No.253 dated 16th April 1972. The Alcohol Control Act 2007 by the announcement of the Office of the Prime Minister controls the sales of alcohol by specifying the prohibited time and places to sell the alcohol. The prohibited times are during the time from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m to 12 p.m. in each day. For the important four Buddhist religious days, the sales of alcohol are absolutely banned. However, the Songkran festival during 12 to 14 April is not considered as a religious day. The reason of this tolerance is based on the economy
which comes from the consummation of alcohol. The deputy prime minister admitted that the ban will definitely provoke the sale of clandestine sale of alcohol. The election days are also the dry period required by the electoral laws for people to be sober once they exercise their democratic rights. The problem for most expats in Pattaya is the ban for the consummation or drinking of alcohol. The concept is that Thailand is a free and liberal country to pursue the rights of happiness. The consummation of alcohol will be punishable only in cases you drive the car or motorcycle with the excessive limit of alcohol in your blood, OR you drink alcohol in the places prohibited for alcohol under Section 31 of the Alcohol Control Act 2007, i.e., temple or monastery, school, hospital or public park, etc. Section 43 of the Land Traffic Act amended in 2007 empowers the police to inspect any wet or drunken driver of car or motorcycle. The test
for alcohol concentration can be made by either breath or blood or urine testing. The breath testing equipment will be primary used by asking the wet or drunken driver to blow into the testing equipment. The limit of the alcohol in the lung is measured in milligram. The “breath analyzer test” will have their measurement of milligram in percentage. If the alcohol test cannot be conducted the breath testing equipment, the drunken driver will be sent to the nearest hospital for blood or urine testing. If you are sober enough, please try to be nice and talk clearly with the police. They will be always tolerant with you. If it is found out that the alcohol in your lung or blood is over the limit, you will be sent to the police station within six hours for further investigation. It is advisable to enjoy your wine, wife and songs at home. You will be the most happy man in this Songkran festival.
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Amor 15th Anniversary Amor Restaurant is offering a 15% discount on everything throughout the month of April. Also, for the Mango season, a delightful selection of Mango drinks, main course dishes and desserts are available. For more info, visit their website at www.amorrestaurant.com or call 038.710.680. Located at Pattayaland Soi 3, South Pattaya. Decorum 10th Anniversary Decorum Furniture & Decoration celebrates their 10th year anniversary by offering their customers, free design on house and condos. For more information, visit their shop at South Pattaya Road next to Friendship Supermarket or call 038.410.763, 038. 420.203 Jazz Pit Pub Live entertainment every day, except Tuesday, at Jazz Pit Pub featuring Jazz Pit duo Rein on Vocals and Thomas on Guitar. All musicians and jazz singers are welcome every Monday with the weekly Jam session from 8pm to 12mn. Located on soi 5, beach road Pattaya. Free Character Portraits at the new Gubai Art Gallery Gallery owner and fine artist Jieng Sae Jern is offering a special invitation to visit the Gŭbái Art Gallery on Thursdays from noon to 6PM for tea, conversation and your own free character portrait. Jieng Sae Jern was born in China and, with his family, fled to freedom in Thailand during the Cultural Revolution. He has returned to China for extensive study in classical arts which is reflected in his eclectic and contemporary applications. He has a deep interest in creating works which allow a western perspective to touch the spirit of traditional Chinese artistic expression. The Gŭbái Art Gallery is on Third Road between South Pattaya Road and Tony’s Gym. Call Khun Jieng on 083.990.5346 for more information. Casa Pascal & Poseidon Restaurant Free Flow Wine Buffet Kim and Pascal from Casa Pascal & Poseidon have once again brain stormed what could be the best suitable culinary offer for you. No worry, no hurry! Free Flow Wine Buffet , a wonderful way to enhance your meal ! You can sample all of
the wines , and it is à discretion (free flow)! Schlemmer Wine Buffet, 2 different white and red wines from Europe, 195 550. Culinary Wine Buffet, 4 different white and red wines from around the world, representing wonderful wines from excellent winemakers, 340 p. bottle 385 p. 8,5 dl 890. Gourmet Wine Buffet, 2 different white and red Wines from around the world. Special selected wines, usually not offered by the glass. Famous for their superiority and taste, 800 1750. Greg’s Kitchen With over 30 years experience, chef Greg Sulis has the very best of British and international cuisine at Greg’s Kitchen on Second Road (just before Bangkok Bank, opposite Soi 6 or Yodsak). Generous portions and top quality menu. Said to be a favourite stopping place for British embassy staff! Try Greg’s Kitchen Light Set Menus (served all day). Great value only 299 B. Located at 2nd Road Opposite Soi 6. Call 081.254.3624 www.gregskitchennorthpattaya.com Live Jazz at Manhattans Manhattans Restaurant & Bar is the hottest new venue in Pattaya for lovers of great live jazz. Saturday nights in the cocktail bar, customers can enjoy the spontaneous fusion of a jam session featuring a variety of talented local musicians. The entertainment starts at 7.30pm until 11pm. On the first Saturday of every month, a jazz concert in the restaurant featuring top-drawer guest singers and the superb Manhattans Band. To complement the fabulous music, Manhattans Executive Chef, Steve Manning creates unique cuisine for each event. The next jazz concert is Saturday 2nd May. Manhattans is proud to present Steve Lowry (vocals & trumpet) & The Manhattans Band. Enjoy 3 hours of sensational jazz & blues classics. To make a reservation call 038 259 790 or visit www.manhattans-pattaya.comor visit www.manhattanspattaya.com Crab Craziness at Mantra Mantra delights in presenting you with regal Alaskan King Crab for your dining pleasure, this April! Revel in a diverse and sensationally seductive menu brimming with sushi, salads, spicy chilli options and perfectly baked or poached creations. Let Superchef Supachai put
yet another deserving smile on your face! For reservations contact 038.429.591 or email an enquiry & be sure to visit www.mantra-pattaya. com Deep Splash at dusitD2 baraquada A spectacular body paint performance by Belvedere every Friday nights from 17 April, 8 pm at deep bar, dusitD2 baraquada, Pattaya 2nd Road. Free admission, enjoy Belvedere Vodka at only 2,500 THB net a bottle with free flow mixers. Also, enjoy 20% discount on dusit best rates for one week advance booking when booking through www.dusit.com/ d2pa. Call 038.769.999 for more info. Pattaya archery club The club shoots on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 10.00 a.m. and finishing around noon. Anyone is welcome and coaching and use of equipment is free for beginners. Phone Eric on 089 535 1193 or visit www. pattaya-archery-club.com Pattaya International Ladies Club The PILC April coffee morning will be held on Tuesday 21st April from 10.30 am at Pan Pan Brasserie, Thappraya Road. Members, guests and ladies of all nationalities are welcome. Reservation is necessary by 2.00 pm Saturday 18th April. Please contact Alvi Sinthuvanik (alvi_ email@example.com) on 081.864.5754 or Connie
Kwok (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 087.784.9151. Also, the annual Trivia Night will be held on Saturday 2nd May at Bangkok Pattaya Hospital. The fun starts at 7.00 pm (doors open at 6.30 pm) and teams consist of 6 people. Ticket price is 800 baht and includes buffet dinner supplied by Jamesons. This event is sponsored by AGS Four Winds. For tickets and reservations, please contact Kavita Lamba (email@example.com) on 087 618 5117 for Sam Wilson on samwilson102@ hotmail.com. Choral group starts Two expats living in the Pattaya-Jomtien area are now forming a choral group for both fun and performances. Contact Len on 087.783.5079 or email him at praglenus@ yahoo.com as all interested are welcome. New Ecologies art expo A contemporary art exhibition comes to Pattaya at the Sheraton Pattaya Resort, in conjunction with Gallery Opium and art critic Brian Curtin, January 29 to April 25. Themes include globalisation, rapid development, capitalization, cultural identity, political instability etc. Contact Brian Curtin on 089 163 8102 or Alan Kirkland Roath on 038 303040. New Ecologies challenges our perceptions of what’s going on. Onward with Optimists The Optimist International Club of Thailand is now meeting at Shenanigans, 2nd Road, at The Avenue lifestyle mall. Meeting times noon on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Further information from Drew Noyes on 084 111 7999 or drewnoyes@ gmail.com Cafe New Orleans All You Can Eat for 299 baht plus. Sabado night, an evening for Pinoy and
friends of Pinoy, at Cafe New Orleans, Pattayaland soi 2, every Saturday night. Filipino food and unlimited soft drinks. Salamat Poo!! Basketball at Tony’s Mixed age basketball – pick up games. Monday and Wednesday evenings 5 pm – 7 pm or later. Tony’s new top floor gym on 3rd Road at South Pattaya Road, across from fitness centre. Take elevator to 5th floor, covered and lighted court. Phone 086 596 0966 (Jack). ‘Hot Rock’ at Hard Rock Hotel The best rate offer from Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. From as low as THB 2294++ per room/night. Get your gear ready to go and avail of this limited, Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya only offer. Enjoy a Rockin’ stay at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya in Deluxe room (Breakfast Excluded). You can rest assured with our best rates guarantee… Just book through www.hardrockhotels.net. For more information, please call reservation center 038.428.755-9 British embassy office There is now an office of the British consulate in Pattaya. It’s located in the row of shop units immediately outside the Pattaya immigration bureau, Jomtien soi 5, next to the Yingchit money changer and a few steps from the Meesen coffee shop. Office hours 9.00 a.m.-11.30
a.m. weekdays exc. public holidays. Zumba Fitness at Steps & Rhythm New Zumba Fitness class for Beginners starting in April at Steps & Rhythm Dance Academy on Mondays. Please call 089.544.4842 for class schedule and prices and further information, or e-mail us at info@steps-and-rhythm. com El Duo at Cafe The sensational Filipino El Duo appear exclusively at Cafe Royale, Pattayaland three, every Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturday from 9.45 pm till late. Regular bar prices and no admission charges. The area’s most popular duo singers and entertainers. Royal British Legion The Chonburi branch meets at Tropical Bert’s, opposite the Bangkok Bank on Second Road and adjacent to Soi Yodsak. You don’t need to be ex HM services to join but must share the Legion’s principles. There’s a get together every Sunday. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. Free Thai lesson The Pro Language Thai Course has been designed and structured to meet those with no or limited Thai. Covers both conversation and reading/writing. Free introductory lesson available by phoning 038 4899 225 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org 2 days before you wish to start.
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Ludlum, DeMille, or Greg Iles. Any idea if they exist? Wordman
by Kris & Noi Do you have a question about customs, culture or life in Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi at: PTPrivatePosts@yahoo.com Dear Kris & Noi, I wanted to buy a book for my Thai girlfriend (you know how devoted Thais are to reading proper books!). She doesn’t read English, so I was hoping to find something interesting in Thai translated from an English language novel. I couldn’t find anything in a couple of secondhand bookstores, so I looked for newbooks. I found a few novels in Thai but even those written by farangs had those cartoontype characters on them or in them. Because my girlfriend likes spy stories and mysteries I was hoping to find something by popular authors such as
This interesting letter set us off searching the bookshelves. With the Thai people’s abysmal reputation for ignoring any books that don’t contain cartoon pictures, we had always thought that, apart from obvious media-hyped exceptions such as Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code, books by modern spy and mystery authors weren’t printed in Thai. However, we actually did find some, but very few, and unfortunately none by those you mentioned. Nevertheless it’s a nice idea to encourage your girlfriend to broaden her reading. We would suggest that you enquire at any of the major book stores here, who may be able to advise you as to which writers are available in Thai language; you should also make an internet search. Incidentally, we did notice
that some translated books appeared to be as expensive as their western originals, which would deter many lower-paid Thais.
Dear Kris & Noi, I think the man who wrote about waking up with “dogs” was really out of order. I too have sometimes wondered the next day why I picked that particular girl. But I made my own choice, it isn’t the girl’s fault that I was too pie-eyed to think straight. If the girl’s been good to me I treat her with respect, and if she wants to stay and have breakfast with me that’s fine, and I don’t care what my mates or other people think. Most of us are ancient farts anyway, how can we describe any woman as a dog? The funny thing is some of the plainest girls have given me the best times, sexually and for companionship. Too often the sexy, beautiful stunner turns out to
be so full of herself that she treats the occasion purely as a cold business session. All right, I know it is just business, but it’s nice to kid myself for a while that the girl actually fancies me for my charm. At my age I’m grateful to any girl who gives me pleasure, whatever her looks. Harold Many expats do talk about service girls as if they are farmers at a cattle market. You hear comments about the skin must be fair, legs slender, no silicone, small noses, no stretch marks, beautiful face, and so on. Of course, the punters are paying the money, they are entitled to look for exactly what they want, but by only opting for surface beauty for what, after all, is usually a very brief encounter, they often miss the diamonds in the rough. Many of the less pretty girls have the best
Fr Ray Children’s Village operated by the Fr Ray Foundation Today members of the Rotary club Jomtien-Pattaya handed over several pieces of playground equipment to the children at the Fr Ray Children’s Village. The Fr Ray Children’s Village is located just beyond the Maprachan reservoir, off the Siam Country Club road on the way to the Thai Polo Club. The Village is operated by the Fr Ray Foundation. It opened in Semptember 2008 with 4
houses and will expand to 20. The purpose is to provide homes for children who have no home. These are children who have been orphaned, abused or neglected by their parents. Each house has a mother and an auntie who give the children love and care. For many of these children it is the first time in their short lives that they are part of a family with loving brothers and sisters. The children
will not only learn to live as a family but also as part of a community. All visitors are welcome to visit and spend time with the children. The Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya has been very generous in donating 150,000 baht to the Fr Ray Foundation, 75,000 baht of which was used to purchase playground equipment, such as swings, slides, climbing frames for the children at the Village. The children spend
all their play time swinging, climbing, sliding and having lots of fun. The Fr Ray Foundation has been working for the poor and underprivileged for more than 35 years. It now cares for more than 850 children and young adults with disabilities. It is very grateful for the support that the Rotary Club of JomtienPattaya continues to give to the poor and underprivileged in Pattaya.
Vol. 8 No. 15 16 - 30 April 2009 personalities, and give the punters far better service than some of the arrogant beauties, who don’t bother to work too hard when horizontal, as they know they can pull just about any man whenever they want. Some of the plainer girls do very good business with punters who know them well and prefer a good time to just showing off with a beautiful starfish on their arm. Dear Kris & Noi, Some years ago, when those “Gun-Free Zone” signs were dotted around Pattaya, my little boy asked if it meant he could have a free gun. Maybe he was right, as nowadays it seems that guns in Pattaya, if not free, must be very cheap, as every week we read about them being used. Not just crooks and gangsters, now we often have drunken or angry family men settling disputes like a wild west film. What I find most scary is that guns are being used by teenage gangs, who use them even more indiscriminately than the adults. How do young people obtain them so easily? As there
are laws against possessing weapons, couldn’t a special police unit search all gangs whenever they congregate, before they go off on their shooting sprees? Billy The Kid Many people believe that incidents involving guns are increasing, but maybe official figures would dispute that. The gun-toting teenage gangs have only sprung up in recent years around Pattaya. Whatever laws Thailand has concerning the ownership of weapons don’t seem to be very effective because every man and his dog would appear to be able to obtain a gun if required. Placing a few hundred gun-free zone signs around the city would create a good photo opportunity for some officials, but gun-toters wouldn’t bother to read them. Perhaps we will end up with having to go through a metal detector before entering bar areas—that should encourage customers. A guaranteed prison sentence for anyone possessing an illegal weapon could be a deterrent, and in the case of a teenager, let the parents share the cell.
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Rules Rules Rules
by Alan S. Brown
Every society has its set of rules, laws and customs that its citizenry must live by so that order and peace are maintained. Most residents and visitors respect these regulations out of deference for the rule of law and out of fear of being sanctioned if they don’t. When you’re a visitor, long-time or short-time, some of these customs seem confusing, strange and even bizarre. Yet, wanting to be good guests, we try to learn what’s expected and comply. So, we stop at red lights (even though natives seem to be exempt from this rule); stand up for the King’s anthem at the movies and always wear our helmets when we’re riding a motorbike. Some rules seem a bit archaic and take some getting used to. Recently, when I went to the checkout line with a basket full of items, at Carrefour, I was informed that I wouldn’t be able to purchase the 800 baht bottle of wine I had chosen. Of course, I was flattered that I could be mistaken for
being underage; but, the cashier explained that as it was now 2:02pm, I would be unable to purchase any alcoholic beverages until 5pm. Apparently, the sale of all booze is banned from 2pm to 5pm, daily, to prevent wayward tykes returning home from school from buying the fire water. Maybe, instead, they could enforce the rules of checking ID cards to verify age. Anyway, wouldn’t a little cherub sporting his or her school uniform holding a large bottle of beer raise some hackles at the check out line? So, I, a man who has passed sixty, can’t buy wine, because school is out! Oh well, I went to a local bar, where they could serve booze, and cried in my beer. Consumer protection seems to be in its nascent stages, here, in our beloved Land of Smiles. Basically, if you buy it, it’s yours. If you try to return it, you’ll experience the twelve circles of hell. (I think I added a few circles.) My friend became the proud owner of a new
mobile phone which had every bell and whistle one could imagine. You could surf the net, watch local TV, download music and videos and even take high quality pictures. The only flaw was that the device wasn’t so great at
appointed time, the clerk gave him back the phone and said it was OK now. I’m sure that you’ve guessed that nothing changed. It still dropped calls after thirty seconds or so. Frustrated, my friend brought back the
making and receiving telephone calls. It had the nasty habit of disconnecting in the middle of a conversation. My friend brought the phone back to where he purchased it as it was under guarantee. The clerk took the device and told him to return in a week. At the
phone, again, and demanded relief. The clerk offered to buy back the phone for 50% of what he had paid for it. Predictably, my friend wasn’t thrilled by this solution. Why shouldn’t he get a full refund? The answer was simple: it was a used
Vol. 8 No. 15 16 - 30 April 2009 phone; and it wasn’t working properly, anyway. My fitness center has lots of rules, too. Once when I returned the locker key, the plastic tag attached to it was cracked. I was fined 100 baht even though it had been given to me in that condition. If you lose a key, you’re fined 100 baht. If you want an extra towel you have to “rent” it. If you bring in your own water or diet coke, it’s confiscated. Oh, and there’s a sign in the locker room that says: You must take a shower after you leave this room and before you enter the swimming pool. Hmmm, wouldn’t it make more sense to take a shower before you leave the locker room? Of course, we all know that prostitution is illegal and doesn’t exist here in Pattaya. However, if you do take someone off from a bar for some horizontal calisthenics, you damn well better make sure she is over eighteen. Then, there are the more serious rules and regulations such as those that govern property ownership, immigration, etc. From all the advertisements and commercials
in the media and on TV, you would assume that buying a home is as easy as apple pie. Of course, it turns out that, technically, farangs can’t own land and there’s a labyrinth of rules and procedures before you can actually take “ownership” of your new palace. I’ll leave the details to the real estate and legal sections of this publication. If you want to open a bank account, you must first get proof of residency from Immigration. If you don’t have a retirement visa, a work permit, or the like, you need to regularly leave the country to get a new visa stamp. Besides enriching the folks who organize “visa runs” to the border, for this purpose, I’m not all that sure what this accomplishes. Of course, if you are lucky enough to hold a retirement visa, you need to report to Immigration every ninety days to tell them your address. Well, reasonable or not, it’s best to try to follow all the local rules and customs. If you don’t, you may well end up at the Pattaya Hilton; and I don’t mean the one they’re building on top of the new Central Mall.
Demetrius Cotto Confronts the Extinction of the Scroll
or The Scroll’s Demise A Shakespearean Tragedy
(Scene: A villa in the suburbs of Rome. Time: 104 C.E. A Roman aristocrat, Demetrius Cotto, is relaxing in his garden. He calls his slave boy, Lucius.) Cotto: Lucius! What ho, Lucius! (Enter Lucius.) Lucius: You called, my lord? Cotto: I did. Bring thou to me a scroll from my scriptorium. I wish to read the Iliad. For I would be reminded of Achilles’ wrath, and of the fall of Troy. Lucius: Aye, verily, my lord. (Exit. Returns, carrying a book.) Here thou art, my lord.
Cotto (staring at the book): What’s this? What squalid trash afflicts my rheumy eyeballs? I asked thee for a scroll, whelp, not a sheaf of scraps. Lucius: This is a new invention, lord, a product of our technology. The papyrus scroll is obsolete, outdated, soon to be extinct. To supplant it, the gods have given us this wondrous innovation, wrought by unknown hands: sheets of parchment, bound together, in a mating most auspicious. In short, a codex, also called a book. Cotto: Tush! Pah! A fig for it! What are these stinking strips of goatskin, tied akimbo at the edge? They look like rags. Shall a man read rags? Away with them! They offend the civilized eye. Lucius: Listen, lord, and stand amazed. Those sheets, which thou despiseth so, are called pages; bound together, they are called a book. The scroll hath now been superseded by this marvelous medium. No longer dost thou have t’ unroll thy cumbrous scroll, and roll it up again. No longer must thou grip the spools in both thy hands, constantly unrolling from the top, rerolling from the bottom, inflicting toil and strain upon thy tender tendons. Nay, by Jupiter, thou canst hold this little volume in one single hand alone, and flip the pages merrily. Cotto (crossly): I care not for these poncey baubles of a shallow and degenerate age. This foul thing shall not defile mine elegant scriptorium. Away with it! I yearn to hold a noble scroll, stately and venerable, hallowed by centuries of scholarly use, exuding the pleasant fragrance of old papyrus. I love t’ unroll and reroll it leisurely, according to my sweet pleasure. For the scroll hath an ancient dignity that shall never be usurped by thine impudent upstart “book.” Lucius: O my lord, do not disgrace thy faithful slave by being so Jurassic. My fellow slaves will laugh at me. They’ll say my lord is retro. Why, all the local noblemen are queueing up to buy these newly crafted books. The scroll is an antique, my lord! Cast thou off this vain attachment to the relics of the past! Get with it, dude! I mean, my lord. Embrace the future, please, I pray thee! Cotto: What, naughty lad! Wilt thou insult thy master? Lucius: Please chill thou out, my lord, I do but seek t’ upgrade thee. The book is more convenient; lo, it taketh up less room, is less cumbersome to manage. Thou canst mark important passages by dog-earing the pages. Canst thou dog-ear a scroll? Behold, a dog-eared scroll would be a dog indeed, and fit for only kicking. Why, sir, this
invention hath foredoomed the scroll to quick extinction. It soon will rule the reading world. Cotto (grumbling): Thou’rt very glib of tongue, thou rascal boy. I’ll give thy book a look. But I doubt that I shall like it. Lucius: Far greater things are yet in store, my lord. For there is in town a soothsayer who hath predicted many wonders. Now thou canst read of fierce Achilles, and how he slew brave Hector; but in centuries yet to come, men will view their clash upon a TV screen. Cotto: What blighted brain hath spawned this fevered fantasy? Lucius: In truth, my lord, the soothsayer hath spoken. His name is Julius Vernus. He saith that in time to come, bold Hector will be played onscreen by Eric Bana, and Achilles by Brad Pitt. Cotto: What barbarian names are these? Lucius: They are in a language yet unborn, my lord, belonging to a future age. In our fair Latin tongue, they are Hericus Bana and Bradleius Pitto. And there will be yet more prodigious marvels t’ astound our second-century brains. Why, the book itself, which thou despisest as an upstart novelty, will in time to come be superseded. Five thousand books will be contained in one small doohickey,
held in the hand and read through the miracle of electronics. Cotto: What tushery and pap is this! Thy soothsayer is a madman. Must I then give up my beloved scrolls for a heartless doohickey? Lucius: Not yet, my lord, for that is yet far off. Cotto (grumbling): Let be, then. For now I shall try to read thy book; but methinks I will detest it. Lucius: Farewell, my lord. I go to water the geraniums. (Aside, to audience:) Alas, I did not tell him of the soothsayer’s most dire prediction: that in time to come, his surname, Cotto, will be famed through the world—not as a symbol of great learning, nor civilized ways and gracious living—but as a brand of toilet bowl. S. (for “Shakespeare”) Tsow can be flamed, preferably in iambic pentameter, at email@example.com, except when he’s on the cotto.
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Dining Out at Café New Orleans
Café New Orleans, a culinary landmark for over 10 years on the eclectic Pattayaland Soi 2 (13/4), serving fine Cajun, Creole and American cuisine is a beautiful, romantic, but casual restaurant in keeping with the laid-back atmosphere of Pattaya. Yet the food is of the same style as found in some of the finest cafes and bistros that abound in San Francisco, Santa Monica, Las Vegas and Sydney.
You can order anything from its famous Rack of Baby Back Ribs and imported steaks to special gourmet entrées, side dishes and deserts. The salmon and pumpkin ravioli is made fresh in its kitchen as are all desserts – chocolate soufflé, tiramisu, cheese cake, chocolate moose, chocolate pie, Mississippi mudcake, pecan pie, and other calorie-ridden indulgences. Café New Orleans choice of seafood preparations are extensive…New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque, Oysters Rockefeller, Bon Femme, Kilpatrick and New Orleans Style, Seafood Jambalaya, Salmon - Grilled or Blackened and, of course, Lobster Thermidore.
Chefs coming from some of the top restaurants in Manila prepare Filipino dishes such as Sinigang, Adobo, Pancit, Crispy Pata, Bangus, Tinolang Manok, Bistek, Dinuguan, Lechon Kawali, Menudo, Lumpia and a lot more. The wine list is extensive offering Champagnes, reds and whites from all over the world. And don’t get put-off by the ambiance, the superior food quality or the fine personalized service. Café New Orleans means “Fine Food at Affordable Prices”…with the emphasis on “Affordable”. So if you want a true dining experience in an atmosphere where you can watch Pattaya and its plethora of interesting people at work and play… visit them …. you won’t be disappointed! Café New Orleans is open daily from 3.00 in the afternoon till midnight. Telephone 038-710-805/6. Mobile 08-1923-8028. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them at www.cafeneworleans. info And this time of the year they have a super special promotion . . .
Cafe New Orleans Manager, Mr Michael Tolentino
SUPER SPECIAL PROMOTION All You Can Eat BBQ RIBS for 495+ Baht only. Includes Soup of the Day, Salad available ALL DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~
Experience the best of “Lutong Pinoy” every Sabado (Saturday) Night “ALL YOU CAN EAT FILIPINO FOOD plus unlimited soft drinks for only 299+” It’s a special evening for Pinoy and friends of Pinoy!
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Pattaya property market attempts to adapt to leaner times The current property market trends in Pattaya have shown a distinct shift in favour of the rental sector, especially since the radical reduction in Russian expressions of interest in sales. They do remain active, but are few and far between. Major developers all seem to have downsized, attempting to adapt to the anticipated constraints of shrinking economic growth and concentrating on their virtually completed projects, most of which have rescheduled their completion dates. Many are offering incentives, from furnishings to more flexible payment terms and some, like Raimon Land and the Waterfont, are sourcing al-
ternative mortgage providers after the Bangkok Bank withdrew its mortgage facilities to foreigners. Others, like The Beaches at Bang Saray, are offering 5% annual rental guarantees for five years to customers who have paid up to 40% of the purchase price or 6% to those who have completed 60%, added to their already significant capital appreciation values. Real estate agents in general are really having to demonstrate creativity and determination in the face of falling sales. Cees Cuijpers of Town & Country Properties relates that in the halcyon days, a typical sale could be clinched in three days, whereas
today it’s sometimes taking as long 45 weeks! The customers are apparently opting for rentals in the interim and shopping around very cautiously in what has definitely become a buyer’s market. The upper and lower ends of the property market are still selling, but apparently the middle range is suffering. It’s encouraging, however, to see a renewed interest being taken by UK buyers, a British overseas property consultant, Azure Overseas, recently gave Pattaya a vote of confidence, despite what it termed “the country’s tumultuous political landscape”. On the developer’s front, of the upper end developments, Ocean’s Edge appears to be the most successful. Wim told Pattaya Today their development is behind by 6 months, but will be broken into two stages, C & D being finished first. Market stimulation will be matched to the shape of the economy and the market. They have sold a number of units in the last three months, no cus-
tomers have tried to break their contracts, but they envisage a tough time if the economy contracts, but should survive if customers fulfil their payment schedule and they are attempting to stimulate local Thai demand. Of the high rises, David Walton of the Waterfront gave me his usual enlightened and objective opinions. The project is adapting proactively to the market turndown and is still selling. The project will definitely complete in the 2nd half of 2012, albeit 9-12 months late due to a re-evaluated the construction. Proactive innovative measures include pioneering an Escrow facility to bolster confidence and minimise risk, along with favourable payment terms and engaging an international currency mortgage facility. The project remains an outstanding investment opportunity and is “becoming leaner, more efficient and concentrating on core business” in anticipation of a market consolidation in 2009. Terrence Collins of the
boutique Vineyard project is also experiencing a sales slowdown, but has sold to several Russians and reports exceptional customer satisfaction, with several considering making second purchases as investments due to the project having seen capital appreciation of 50% in its first year. Mario Kleff of the Wandeegroup, Pattaya’s most acknowledged architectdesigner-builder, appears to be the only property
concern really thriving, appearing recession-proof, with new mega-projects in Russia and 5 local condominium orders in Q1 2009, to augment his ongoing portfolio, which includes such leading developers as Heights Holdings, as well as unique private villa devlopments. Mario’s outstanding innovative work inspires trust and confidence and he only accepts reliable, self-funded developers.
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PATTAYA STYLISH LIVING
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Raimon Land contracts Bouygues Thai to build The River – Bangkok’s most exclusive riverside condominium development Luxury property developer, Raimon Land, has signed with Bouygues Thai, the local subsidiary of leading global construction conglomerate, Bouygues Construction, to
carry out the main building works at The River, Bangkok’s most exclusive riverside condominium development. This phase of the project, which commenced in
late 2008 with a targeted completion date in the first quarter of 2012, is the main building works for the 72- and 42-floor twin residential towers together with a five-storey podi-
(From left) Raimon Land’s Projects Manager, Gary Holden; Director of Construction, Neil Hutchinson; Development Director, Gerry Healy; and Chief Executive Officer, Hubert Viriot along with BouyguesThai’s Managing Director, Jean-Marie Verbrugghe; Deputy Managing Director of Development and Marketing, Paisal Shusang; Project Director for The River Substructure, Supachai Muangmaiprae; Structured Finance Director for Dragages Hong Kong Ltd, Arnold Chan; and Project Director The River Superstructure, Jean-Jacques Largent.
Local student takes on extreme marathon challenge to help Thai children Nick Wright, a final year student at Cardiff University, will take part in the ultimate endurance test for distance runners when he runs the Namibian 24 hour Ultra Marathon in Africa, on Saturday 11 April 2009. Nick will be running for the Thai Children’s Trust, a charity which raises funds in the UK for disadvantaged and vulnerable children across Thailand and hopes to raise £3,000. Nick’s amazing adventure will take him into the northern Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world and the largest and most remote National Park in Africa. This will see him run 126km in 24 hours – the equivalent of three full marathons run back to back. The Cardiff University student chose to raise money for the Thai Children’s Trust after hearing about them from his mother, Sue, who works closely with the charity and has experienced first-hand the work they do. The Trust provides a home, education and a future for over 1,500 children, and reaches out to thousands more
through health and nutrition projects. Nick has been putting in large amounts of training for his marathon. He is a keen sportsman and in September 2008 he and a friend cycled the length of Britain, from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Just last month he took part in the Thames Path Ultra Marathon where he ran 50 miles in seven hours 45 minutes. Nick hopes his hard training will stand him in good stead as he tests himself against the extreme African heat. Says Nick: “I will be completely self-reliant from the start of the race until the end, and will need to carry food and equipment on my back. The run will be tough but the knowledge that I will be raising money for needy Thai children will certainly provide me with great motivation and ease some of the pain I am sure! “ Anyone interested in supporting Nick is asked to visit his sponsorship page at http://www.justgiving.com/nickwright4. The Thai Children’s Trust is now the larg-
est UK charity focusing solely on Thailand; supporting projects in Pattaya, Rayong, Nong Khai in the north, the Tsunami area in the south and Burmese refugees in the west of Thailand. Visit www. thaichildrenstrust.org.uk for more information. Sponsors wishing to make a donation by cheque are asked to make the cheque payable to ‘The Thai Children’s Trust’ and to send to: The Thai Children’s Trust, 124 North End House, Fitzjames Avenue, London, W14, 0RZ. Tel: 020 7602 6203. The Thai Children’s Trust changed its name from the Pattaya Orphanage Trust on 1 January 2009 to reflect a wider remit across Thailand, beyond the city of Pattaya. The Thai Children’s Trust helps orphans, disabled children, children with HIV, tsunami survivors and street children - providing a home, an education and a future for almost 1,500 children, and reaching out to thousands more through health and nutrition projects. The Thai Children’s Trust is a registered charity 1085407.
um comprising a total of 105,000 square metres of sellable floor area. Raimon Land’s Chief Executive Officer, Hubert Viriot, said the company was pleased to extend its working relationship with Bouygues Thai, which will ensure that the building is delivered to the buyers at the original high specifications and standards. “We selected Bouygues due to their considerable worldwide experience at similar prestigious high-
rise buildings that they delivered on time and within budget, which is especially significant to our clients during the current economic climate,” Mr Viriot said. Bouygues Thai are currently demonstrating the quality of their construction at Raimon Land’s Northpoint development in Pattaya. Bouygues Thai Managing Director, Jean-Marie Verbrugghe, said: “I am extremely pleased to be
extending our relationship with Raimon Land for the construction of Bangkok’s most iconic condominium project that will transform the Chao Phraya River area into the most exclusive residential community in Bangkok.” The 851-unit The River condominium project is the focal point of Raimon Land’s overall initiative to develop and promote an upscale lifestyle community along the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
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Woman Killed By Mad Pit Bulls Three pit bull terriers terrorized 4 family members in their rice mill compound in Nakhon Sawan, recently. Raksina Techawatanabamrungkij had gone to let the dogs out of their cage at midnight, but when she didn’t return her mother went out to look for her and found the daughter mauled to death by the vicious canines. They then turned on the mother, granddaughter and son before two were shot dead by the grandfather; the other escaped. Fireman Dressed As Spiderman Saves Autistic Boy An 8-year-old autistic boy threatening to leap from the windowsill of the third floor balcony of a special school in Bangkok was saved by the inspiration of a resourceful fireman. A fireman called to the scene and overhearing the boy’s mother tell police that her son was a Spiderman admirer, immediately donned a super-hero costume, used in fire exercises, and successfully coaxed the awestruck fan down from his perilous perch. Cope Tiger 2009 Teams Provide Free Rural Health Service Foreign Air Force medics, engaged in the Cope Tiger 2009 Exercise, have been teaming up with Thai and Singaporean dental and optometry teams and touring Thailand administering free dental and eye care to the rural poor. At an improvised clinic in Barr Lum Nong Kaew, hundreds of grateful patients, suffering from long neglected dental and eyesight problems, were given swift relief. Other donations included computers, school supplies and water jugs to give schoolchildren safe drinking water. Lese-Majesty Offender Given 10-Year Jail Sentence A 34-year-old ex-oil engineer was given a 20-year jail sentence, later reduced to 10, by Bangkok’s Criminal Court for lese-majesty offences under the controversial 2007 Computer Crime Act. Suvicha Thakhor, using an internet pseudonym, had apparently posted a video clip and information on the YouTube website deemed derogatory to the royal family. Commenting, the Campaign for Popular Media Reform’s Supinya Klangnarong, feared the verdict could have a negative impact on internet freedom. Burmese Refugee Backpack Health Teams Help Needy Compatriots 500,000 displaced Eastern Burmese villagers, many suffering from malaria, malnutrition and land-mine injuries, are receiving medical aid from impromptu Burmese refugee health teams organized from Thai border towns. Medical backpackers brave Thai border guards, jungles, Burmese troops and bandits to surreptitiously set up a network of tiny mobile clinics to minister to their needy countrymen. Since 1998, seven medics and one midwife have been killed and dozens more have been captured and beaten, according to human rights reports.
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Murdered Brit Yachtsman Found Maybe! Contradictory reports are emerging concerning the body of British yachtsman, Malcolm Robertson, murdered by Burmese fishermen. Whereas Satun Provincial Governor, Sumet Chailertwanichkul, claims the body has been found, officials monitoring the case later reported only debris from the yacht had been seen. The finding of the body is crucial for the fates of the 3 teenage pirates as they can only be charged with murder if the corpse is found, otherwise they will face manslaughter charges. Water Supply Situation Crucial American academic, Professor Ramesh Kanwar, speaking at the Climate Change Impact Conference, recently held in Pattaya, stressed the need for an adequate and safe water supply to meet all 21st century needs in response to global warming and increased levels of environmental pollution. Out of the 6.5 billion people worldwide, over one billion lack access to safe drinking water and a further 2.5 billion lack suitable sanitation systems to avoid waterborne diseases. Spa Cenvaree Wins Best New Spa Award Spa Cenvaree at the Centara Grand Hotel, Bangkok, was acclaimed “Best New Spa – Thailand,” in the Asia Spa & Wellness Festival 2009 Gold Awards. Spa Cenvaree cost Bt45 million and features ultra-contemporary Thai interiors based on the four elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water. The spa has 15 treatment rooms, the latest hydro facilities, an infrared sauna, science-based slimming technologies, an open-air sala, a nail salon and the Lifestyle on 26 Fitness Centre. Government May Bail Out GM General Motors Thailand may get Thai Government financial help to build a Bt15 billion diesel engine plant. “We will support the company if they survive back home,” Deputy Prime Minister Korbsak Sabhavasu said. The state-run Export-Import Bank of Thailand may help arrange loans. GM Thailand has cut 30% of its workforce as part of its plan to cut 47,000 jobs, and expects output to drop 57% in 2009 to about 45,000 units. Europeans Still Rate Thailand Thailand remains attractive to Swiss and Italian investors despite the global economic downturn, with total investments of Bt3.47 billion in Q1, 2009. The investments are primarily from manufacturing, businesses, including energy-saving products, animal feed, electronic parts and international procurement centres. BOI Secretary-General, Atchaka Brimble, said European investors still see Thailand as one of the most attractive destinations in SE Asia, adding “Some sectors still see prospective opportunities, such as green technology and agro-industry.” Clueless In Thailand A Chiang Mai housewife recently emailed a national daily bemoaning the disinterest of her son, a typical student, towards the recent parliamentary censure debate or red shirt rallies. Additionally, “he doesn’t know the head of Cambodia’s name and thinks Hungary is next to Canada”; facts he’s disinclined to learn, only being interested in “lottery numbers, TV soap stars and the football pages, but still thinks the government should pay him to learn”, she complained in exasperation. Abhisit to Defuse Preah Vihear Temple Issue After several border skirmishes between Cambodian and Thai and troops, in which four Thais were killed and several Si Sa Ket border incursions made by over 100 Thais, PM Abhisit Vejjajiva promised to try and ease the tension over the Preah Vihear Temple with Cambodian Prime Minister Hunsen during the ASEAN Plus Three Summit this week. He reiterated that he would ensure, however, that Thailand didn’t lose its territorial rights. ABAC Poll Exposes Bent Traffic Cops An Assumption University survey conducted using a sample of 2,228 motorists in Bangkok and the provinces of Ayutthaya, Chanthaburi, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Ratchaburi,
Nakhon Si Thammarat, and Songkhla has discovered that 25% of the respondents committing traffic offences have been forced to pay bribes to traffic police manning road checkpoints, in addition to paying traffic fines to the state. PTT Branches Out Into Foreign Mining PTT, Thailand’s top energy firm and largest listed company, is to diversify beyond its core gas and oil businesses and search for new foreign business acquisitions in the Asia-Pacific region. In its already substantial foreign portfolio, it has already acquired Australia’s Coogee Resources, which it bought for US$170 million in December, 2008, and intends to enter the coal and salt mining sectors by buying part of Australian Mining Straits Resources. Privy Councillor Strikes Back at Thaksin In retaliation for Thaksin’s video attacks on the privy councillors that he blames for the coup which ousted him in 2006, Privy Councillor Pichitr Kullavanijaya recently launched a blistering counter attack. Pichitr demanded by what right the fugitive ex-prime minister thinks can avoid his jail sentence, why he hasn’t been prosecuted under lese-majesty laws for mentioning the monarchy improperly several times, or been taken to task for laundering his money in the Cayman Islands. Six Senses Spa’s Ascendency Phuket’s new Six Senses Destination Spa is claiming to be the premier spa of the 21st century, eclipsing previous claimant, Chiva-Som Spa. Glamorous and admirably exclusive Six Senses has the teal-green Andaman Sea, natural sexiness, with its whitewashed stone, thatch and feng shui-inspired sensuous curves, villas set within sweeps of swishing lemongrass and shady palms, fabulous alfresco bathrooms and sexy plunge pools, acres of cool indoor and outdoor living areas and that’s not counting the truly magnificent spa treatments! 5-Kg Bomb Devastates Narathiwat Market Two policemen and five civilians were injured in a bomb attack by a suspected militant group recently in the insurgency-torn province of Narathiwat. The 5-Kg Bomb, hidden under a fuel tank of a motorcycle, exploded at dawn in the Narathiwat City Market that was crowded with villagers shopping. It is miraculous that there were no deaths from this callous attack as insurgents ramp up their independence campaign, increasingly targeting civilians. Finance Minister Says Foreign Loans Crucial Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij is forecasting truly dire times ahead if parliament doesn’t back government plans to raise US$2 billion in foreign loans from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency. Without the government’s financial and economic stimulus, the economy could contract by 8-9%, plunging over 2 million into unemployment. Korn maintains Thailand’s financial and fiscal position is currently strong enough to handle more debt. Licensing For Foreign Banks Planned A brave new financial development aimed at liberalizing Thailand’s financial system by granting new banking licences to foreign banks in a four-year plan to increase competition may start later this year. Currently unrepresented foreign banks will be able to apply for licences and those licensed but restricted to single branches, like Citigroup and HSBC, will be able to expand. Restricted services, including micro finance, Islamic banking and trust banks, may be granted licences as soon as 2011. Public Debt Management Office Optimistic The Public Debt Management Office contends Thailand’s sovereign ratings outlook may improve in the near future due to international rating agencies’ optimistic upgrading from negative to stable. Political risk has eased since Abhisit’s government took over, despite ongoing UDD protests, and the Bt116-billion-stimulus programme should help alleviate the impact of the global crisis on the economy, plus Thai banks remain strong because they hold fewer toxic assets than those in the West.
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House prices ‘could fall by further 55 per cent’
by Simon Philbrook House prices may fall by a further 55 percent and there is a “very real probability” that Britain will be bankrupted, a leading investment bank has warned in a private note to clients. People who bought buy-tolet flats are expected to “begin panic selling” and the average home value could drop below £100,000. The predictions in a 298page report from Numis Securities, a City investment bank, are the bleakest yet on the deteriorating state of the British property market. House prices have already fallen by about 20 per cent over the past year. However, in the note written last month, Numis said: “Despite UK house prices already having fallen 21% from the peak, we do not believe that the correction is anywhere near over. A statement made in this column in early 2008. “Our core headline forecast is that UK property prices remain between 17% and 39% overvalued based on fair valuation. Moreover, history has shown us that when property…which has experienced a price bubble corrects, the price tends to fall below fair value for a period of time, as confidence in that market remains low. Prices could fall a further 40-55% if the over-correction was as bad as the early 1990s in our view.”
The report warns that “city centre flats” and “new executive homes” are likely to record the biggest reductions and describes investing in buy-to-let property as a “poor man’s hedge fund”. “It is the action of these amateur investors over the next few months which we are most concerned about,” the report says. “We expect some to begin panic selling their portfolios, with the peak volume as is almost always the case with private investors, being at the market trough.” Yesterday, Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, warned that the world is facing the most difficult economic conditions for “generations”. However, the Numis report is scathing of Government attempts to help the economy. “The Prime Minister and Chancellor have publicly stated that they want banks this year to lend at 2007 levels,” it said. “We think this is a crazy policy, given that too much debt was one of the prime reasons why the economy has its current problems.” It also criticises the huge debts being run up by the Government to pump money into the economy. Yesterday, John Lewis, the retailer, said that the £12.5 billion cut in Vat has not made “any long term difference at all”. Well, no surprise there! The Numis report says: “The bankruptcy of the UK is a very real probability as the UK Government is trying to stimulate a greater debt burden in a grossly indebted economy. We believe the scale of the macro imbalances in the UK means there is no prospect of a recovery in 2009 and we
expect the UK to be mired in a deep recession through all of 2010.” Last night, the Conservatives said that the Numis analysis increased the pressure on the Prime Minister to apologise. Grant Shapps, the shadow Housing minister, said: “This is a devastating critique of the Government’s record and how Gordon Brown’s credit bubble will lead to a mountain of debt, a wave of repossessions and negative equity misery. Labour Ministers must take direct responsibility for fuelling buy-to-let speculation. “Gordon Brown’s fingerprints are all over this economic wreckage and he should now have the decency to at least apologies for his mistakes.” Yesterday, it emerged that the number of borrowers falling behind with their mortgage repayments has already doubled in the past year. According to Moody’s Investors Services, borrowers more than 90 days in arrears have increased to 1.5 percent of all home loans compared to 0.6 percent a year ago. UK Property Protector MBMG’s UK Property Protector is a unique product that is designed to benefit anyone who has property assets in the UK. • The product acts as both an investment and an insurance solution, which protects UK property owners against the loss of equity due to falling house prices. • It is designed to protect UK property owners against falling house prices in the UK by acting as a hedge that relates directly to the UK House Price Index.
• Property Protector is intended to secure the current value of UK property assets, whilst also giving investors the opportunity to benefit from the depreciating UK property market. • It is aims to protect UK property owners against the current down-turn in the market, which many people believe could last another 5 years and result in huge losses. Why Property Protector was created A large number of people who own UK property have expressed concern about the devaluation of their UK property; this is understandable considering that anyone who currently owns property in the UK is aware that their property will have lost value over the last year. Some people are already claiming that their property has reduced by 20%, but also that they now cannot sell their property due to the uncertainty in the UK property market. It has been a long time coming, but the UK property bubble has finally burst; and it seems we still have a long way to go before the house price situation stabilises. It has been obvious to many people for a long time that UK property has been seriously over-valued, this has been due to many contributing factors which have ultimately resulted in the current dive in house prices. The trend is set to continue, some market experts have predicted that it may take at least 5 years for the current down-turn to stabilise and some people may lose up to 60% of their property’s value. We at MBMG believe that this scenario is possible
Insecticides that work Want to control cockroaches and other household critters? Notice, I didn’t say “Want to get rid of those darn cockroaches?” That is next to impossible. But you can control them to the point their presence will be few and far between if you diligently maintain a well thought out pest control program. Application Methods and Suggestions: 1. Crack & Crevice Aerosols use an applicator tube inserted into cracks and crevices injecting highly concentrated insecticides dissolved in an inert gas that quickly evaporates leaving only insecticide on the surface. These residues last longer than standard liquid insecticides. They are safe and effective when used properly. RECOMMENDATION: In Thailand, try “CHAINDRITE 1” crack and crevice spray. Look for a white, black, and orange spray can. Attached
will be a metal tube for injecting the spray into cracks. I have used this spray very successfully for over six years. It will immediately stop invasions of ants and cockroaches, and is also effective for spot treatments on termites. It does have some odor, so if odors bother you look for an insecticide that is odorless. They can also be effective. 2. Bait Stations should be placed in areas where cockroaches are found (mostly kitchens and bathrooms). 3. Aerosol Spray Cans and Foggers. These are for surface and air space insecticide applications. They are contact insecticides that have little or no residual effectiveness. This means you will have to apply them much more frequently than the liquid insecticides. 4. A Pistol Grip Readyto-Use Sprayer with attached hand pump is for coarse broadcast or band spraying over large areas.
5. Dust Applicators. Handoperated “dusters” deliver dusts for crack and crevice treatments. The dust penetrates deep into the void area with a long residual life. What can you expect from different types of applications? Liquid formulations degrade quickly in hot, moist conditions. Dust applications must remain dry. Bait stations last longest. Crack and crevice insecticides are the most effective. Treatment Locations: Kitchen, bathrooms, crawl spaces, basements, laundry rooms, and any other room where food and/or water is available. Apply spot treatments in all cracks, crevices, baseboards, ceiling trim boards, refrigerator compressor/fan area, under sinks, around tubs, behind wall hangings including pictures and wall hanging water heaters, openings around pipes including utilities entering the
house (telephone, electricity, cable TV, and water), around windows and doors, textured ceilings, undersides of drawers, curtain rods, and drapery rods. Apply a band treatment to all external entry areas, especially entry door thresholds, and to the entire perimeter of basement and other slab construction areas (garage, porches, sidewalks and stairways). Reapply as needed. Caution: Avoid insecticide contact with surfaces that food will contact. Never apply insecticides so that food, dishes or utensils can become contaminated. When using any insecticides, be sure to read and follow all label directions for use. Cockroach Management Make every effort to reduce water, food and shelter available to the cockroaches. Don’t leave food or water standing on dishes or in the sink overnight. Eliminating food and water will make insecticides more effective.
and it poses a real threat to anyone that owns UK property; even if the analysts and experts are wrong it is fairly obvious that many people have and will continue to be exposed to falling house prices. If people cannot sell their property and have to suffer from their assets depreciating, the best thing to do is to hold on to the property and protect their assets from devaluation. This is why MBMG’s UK Property Protector was created; to protect UK property owners. How does it work ? MBMG’s UK Property Protector works by hedging against the devaluation of UK property prices; it does this by directly tracking the UK Property 350 Index. The UK Property 350 Index provides an accurate guide to changes in the UK property market, and acts as a good indicator for changes in house prices. UK Property Protector secures the value of any property by creating a Derivative Option that retains its value against the UK Property 350 Index. This may sound complicated but the principle is quite simple and can be better explained using the following example: 1. Mr Smith has a property which is currently worth £200,000; but he is worried that his property may lose value and may lose 40% over the next 5 years, which would mean his property would then only be worth £120,000 and would result in a loss of £80,000. 2. He decides to protect the current value of his property by investing in the UK Property 350 Index, which closely
tracks house prices in the UK. The value of the premium is always 5% of the property value, so in this case the premium would be £10,000. 3. The Option can be exercised at any time and effectively allows him to sell back the Option for its original value i.e. £200,000. Despite the fact that the index (and his property) may have fallen by 40% and now only be worth £120,000. 4. Let us assume that his property has devalued by 30% and is now worth £140,000; Mr Smith now decides to exercise his option and reclaim the lost equity due to the fall in house prices. The calculation would go as follows: £140,000 (current property value) + £80,000 (PP Payout) – £10,000 (PP Premium) = £210,000 If the property was to devalue by 30%, he would have protected the initial value of the property; whilst also benefiting from a 5% increase in his total assets due to the Property Protector pay-out. ttttt For those wanting more information on this or other financial topics then please contact Simon on simon@ hamptonsthailand.co.th The above data and research was compiled from sources believed to be reliable, however, neither Hamptons International Mortgages (Thailand) Ltd nor its officers can accept any liability for an errors or omissions in the above article nor bear responsibility for any losses achieved as a result of any actions taken or not taken as a consequence of reading the above article
Determine which formulations or compounds will work for you. Your management plan should consider the activities of people and pets. If making a major application, schedule the treatment so everyone can be gone for a length of time. The control program you select should be the least hazardous to you, your family and pets. Least Toxic Control Tactics 1. Continually reduce the availability of water, food, and harborage. 2. Reduce humidity with dehumidifiers. Empty buckets frequently. 3. Use baited sticky traps. 4. Use baits like gel formulations containing hydromethylnon, such as Maxforce® Gel or use bait stations containing hydramethylnon. (Remember, the baits will work better if sanitation is good.) 5. Use desiccants (silica aerogel and diatomaceous earth) or boric acid in dry areas, such as under appliances or in wall voids. The desiccants and boric acid may not work very well with oriental cockroaches because they are usually found in moist areas
where humidity is high. Dust formulations can be used in wall voids and other places where people and pets cannot disturb them. Once in place, the chance of exposure to humans and pets is small. 8. When using a crack and crevice insecticide, exposure to people and pets is reduced. Remember: It is possible for cockroach populations to become resistant to insecticides. If control is poor, you may want to periodically change the type of insecticide you are using (rotation). What if the insecticide you use doesn’t work? Regardless of the product, sometimes an insecticide fails to control cockroaches. The reasons for the failure of a specific product are not always known. If you use a product and it does not control the cockroach population like you expected, try something else. It could be that you have a resistant population of cockroaches, or perhaps the level of sanitation needs improvement or additional caulking of cracks and crevices should be done. The important thing is; never give up.
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What is food, exactly?
by Mr Pobaan
An eavesdropper at Khao Talo Towers, our humble residence to the south-east of Pattaya’s advancing sprawl, would be unlikely to witness dissent on the big things in life. On the major issues, my wife and companion, Mrs Pobaan, and I are as one. Where to have dinner, how long to tolerate an appalling film before walking out of the cinema or binning the DVD, how to avoid getting a soaking during Songkran (stay at home) – these are all things that are decided calmly and to the satisfaction of both parties without argument or rancour. It makes for a loving and peaceful environment. Those are the big things I’m talking about. On less momentous matters, the views of my sweet wife and myself can be much more, shall we say ‘contrasting’. Take food, for example. I have a fairly clear view as to what constitutes an edible
item and therefore qualifies to be admitted into the temple of my body. This view has served me well throughout a long and healthy life. It is known to me that there are some people on this planet who consider that eating lightbulbs, razorblades and so on can be part of a balanced diet and also a sure-fire ticket to notoriety courtesy of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not down at the Royal Garden mall. But for the purposes of this week’s column we will consider such behaviour as aberrant. Back to the definition of food. What is food? What do humans eat? When all’s said and done, we eat plants and animals. Why? Because that’s all there is. (Vegans, keep quiet at the back.) I could list a whole inventory of plants that I would consider edible matter – basically, as long as it’s not a cactus or a tree, and it doesn’t taste of aspirin or seem likely to kill me, then I’m up for
scoffing more or less any vegetable matter. Even when I’m not a particular fan – I’m not wild about mangoes, for example – I defend the sanity of anyone that chooses to eat what is clearly a decent, wholesome food. It’s pretty much the same with meat. Pork, chicken, fish and so on, suitably prepared and tastily cooked – that’s what I call food. And that’s the end of my list of what humans eat. No more. Finito. Full stop. ‘What about feet?’ the lightness of my life enquires when asked to check the completeness of my list. ‘Feet?’ ‘Yes, feet.’ And this is where the disagreements begin. You see, I deliberately omitted feet from my list of what constitutes proper food. That’s because – and I can’t stress this too strongly – feet aren’t food. A chicken’s foot, revealing the bird’s evolutionary origins as a grubbing
little dinosaur scrabbling around in the Jurassic dirt, is made of bone, a whole lot of sinew and tough, rough scaly skin. Oh, and claws. Previous to being deceased, the owner of a chicken’s foot used it to walk on and scratch. Depending on the domestic arrangements chez that particular chicken, this could have been on soil, mud, dirt and, without question, poo. None of this adds up to a potential culinary treasure, I think you’ll agree. An honest description of the foot of a chicken – its structure and history – would not, or should not, encourage you to want to pay 20 baht to have three of them put on a stick, dipped in sauce, thrown on a barbecue and presented to you for your delectation, would it? Look at it this way. Your humble columnist Mr Pobaan is a reasonably well constructed individual. Should I find myself stranded at sea in a lifeboat, miles from land, and draw the short straw, I’d like to think that I’d take the bullet with the
knowledge that my thighs or arms had provided my fellow survivors with an excellent steak meal - albeit sans mushrooms and chips - tiding my erstwhile chums over until help arrived. Should rescue be delayed and my companions be forced to tuck into my feet, I could hardly agree to take part in the strawdrawing lottery in the first place. I’d sulk in the stern, hoping for a passing flying fish to flop into the boat and become lunch. And it’s not just hens. My teerak actually takes pleasure in consuming the feet of ducks... and even pigs. ‘No,’ I remonstrate in vain. ‘A pig’s feet are not food. The clue’s in the name. Pig’s feet are for trotting, not for eating. If they’d been meant for the table, they’d have been called snackers or nibblers, not trotters.’ My lovely wife is not only drawn to the southerly parts of animals. She also looks hungrily north. The same victims are involved – pigs and poultry – plus fish. Cheeks, lips, beaks, eyes, all are picked apart and consumed with enthusiasm, accompanied by hungry slurping noises. I tell her: ‘If it can look at you, it’s not food.’ My beloved smiles as she sucks
another eye-lens from the head of some previously disapproving-looking bream and crunches it noisily. ‘What would you do with the heads and feet, then?’ she asks challengingly. And there you have it. In a world of inappropriate consumption and waste, surely anything that constitutes a use for what others discard can only be good, even if it means serving up boiled trotters on the Pobaan table. And I’m reminded again of why she is my teerak – not because we are the same but because we are complementary, which is another word for different. We are Jack Spratt and his wife. I eat the fish, while the light of my life consumes the head (also sharing the fish, of course). Together, we lick the platter clean. Khun Pobaan’s by-theway Would the person or persons unknown who chucked a bucket of water over Mrs Pobaan’s head as she was leaving a beauty salon on Pattaya Tai during last year’s Songkran festivities please note that the hairdo cost 300 baht and she was not amused. Not again, please.
A child dies every 15 seconds by Chris Gibbins PR Director, Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya
“Waterborne illnesses kill a child every 15 seconds and underlies much of the world’s disease and malnutrition.” reported Ann Venerman, executive director of UNICEF, in a recent global health report. Members of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya have long realised the health problems poor quality water is causing locally and is actively raising funds to install clean water filters in schools in an effort to help eradicate these dangers. To date, mainly in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Eastern Seaboard and others, they have already equipped 23 schools, at an average cost of 80,000 baht for each installation. Now, with
local and international assistance, they are about to start work on a further eight schools, the total benefiting many thousands of pupils, staff and families. The Community Services Chairman of the Rotary Club of JomtienPattaya, Philip Wall Morris, said how pleased he and his fellow members were with this latest development. “We have received generous assistance from other Pattaya Rotary Clubs, as well as from Clubs in the U.S.A and Ireland. The Rotary Foundation international fund has also contributed $6,000, bringing our total raised to $17,000, about 600,000 baht. As always, we in Rotary work freely, so every baht will be invested in the project”. He continued, “In many schools the water being consumed comes straight
from a well, without go-
ing through any purifica-
Happy pupils filling their containers to take safe drinking water home
tion system whatsoever, as they lack the funds to install filters. The Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya wants to fit as many of these comprehensive systems as possible, thus safeguarding the pupils, teachers and other staff from exposure to the many waterborne infections and diseases that are prevalent in Asia. The bonus to this is that we are helping not just the schools, but many families as pupils are allowed to take water for home use in the screw top containers we have supplied in the past.” Philip went on to explain how they went about an installation. “First we have to find the schools, and after establishing a needy school has been found we then meet the head and governors to discuss the project. Once they’ve agreed a sample of the water is taken and
analysed. For example, at one time we found a dangerously high lead content in two schools water supply, which proved to come from the plumbing, not the well. So we replaced all that pipe work and the storage tanks as well.” “When the best position for the filters is established, estimates for additional plumbing and building are obtained, the contracts are placed and we then supervise the work up to the installation of the filters. All very time consuming work, but the results are well worth the effort.” The Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya has an “at cost” arrangement with the filters suppliers Lomatec. Their latest state-of-theart system requires virtually no maintenance and should remain effective for many years to come.
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by Richard Bunch So, 2009 is Year of the Ox, but is the year that Open Source software makes and impact on the traditional strongholds of Microsoft and Adobe for instance? It’s probably too early to tell but there are good reasons to think that this may well be the case, not just here in Thailand but globally. First we need to understand the philosophy that Open Source is all about, this is software that is developed sometimes by a single developer, sometimes by a group and sometimes within a traditional commercial company but the developed software, including its source code is available free for anyone to use. The are both pro’s and con’s for adopting the Open Source Software (OSS) and these essentially are:The Pro’s 1. It’s Free – Now and you can use it in the same way down the line. 2. The software is often developed by a single developer and frequently there is an e-mail address or form to contact the developer and it is not uncommon to get a response within 24 hours 3. There are often user Forums where you can interact
with other users and both derive and contribute information. Whilst these are on the whole excellent, the search capabilities sometimes are too basic and can get terse responses from ‘geeks’ 4. Generally speaking, the better OSS is as robust if not more so than its commercial rival 5. Tweakable – because the source is there it is possible to tweak the program for individual or company requirements as well as fix any bugs 6. One OSS can spawn another in a slightly different flavour, take the Photoshop replacement Gimp, which spawned Gimpshop 7. The OSS code being available means that it can be reviewed by peers which can lead to improved security through the process. The Con’s 1. Obnoxious community members – some members consider themselves above dealing with mere mortals of users and can be flippant when a new user asks what appears to be a basic question. Whilst it is true they like to get involved with interesting questions they probably haven’t got the best customer care skills. 2. Whilst there is undoubtedly a good deal of choice for
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OSS replacements there are still some areas that remain deserts by comparison, try finding a CAD program or accounting software and you’ll find it is not so easy 3. Because OSS is free developers can choose the priorities that things are dealt with and this can lead to the more interesting stuff from a developers viewpoint being done before that which is more crucial from a user perspective but rather dull to the developer 4. For a company previously using a commercial package there will be a cost involved with the learning curve needed to become fully conversant with the new OSS product, though this shouldn’t be too great as the main structure tends not to be too different from the commercial models. So now to look at some of the popular options that are available to you now. In this we will only look at applications not Operating Systems. One of the best and most used applications would have to be Microsoft Office in one of incarnations and flavours. The more used parts of this like word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, drawing and database are well catered for in OpenOffice.org http://www.openoffice. org, though some parts of the Microsoft product are not so well catered for, OO’s Draw will provide some reasonable Visio like results, but it lacks the templates and some of the refinements. There is no component of OO that will provide you with an Out-
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look replacement, for this you have to look elsewhere, the best e-mail replacement is Mozilla’s Thunderbird http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/ this looks very different, as an e-mail client it is probably more user friendly and robust, my own PST file in Outlook having corrupted more times than I care to remember. Once it is configured it is very transportable by copying the entire profile directory. The Address Book lets it down and is rather basic but still functional, the one thing that I really miss in it is categories. The native Thunderbird does not have a calendar, but there are a number of addons available and one is Lightning which integrates the calender and tasks directly into the e-mail client. There are a number of other OSS’s that are available and are well worth a look at:1. Photoshop replacement try GIMP http://www.gimp.org, or GIMPshop http://www.gimpshop.com f 2. CD/DVD burning InfraRecorder http://www.infrarecorder. org 3. Acrobat replacement doPDF http://www.dopdf.com 4. File compression 7-Zip http://www.7-zip.org 5. ftp FileZilla http://filezillaproject.org 6. For web authoring try KompoZer http://www.kompozer.net 7. Screen capture Screenshot Captor http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/ screenshotcaptor/index.html
8. Remote Client UltraVNC http://www.uvnc.com or although not OSS but free TeamViewer http://www.teamviewer.com 9. Antivirus Clamwin http:// www.clamwin.com or free AVG http://freeavg.com 10. Free English / Thai dictionary Thai Lexitron 2.6 http:// lexitron.nectec.or.th/2009_1/index_en.php?q=common_manager/download a pretty good dictionary but one of the worst websites... In conclusion I think that the OSS alternatives have a lot to offer and are well worth investigating. In some companies the optimum would probably be a mix of both commercial and
OSS software. A good website to list some of the other alternatives that we haven’t discussed is http://www.osalt.com/ If you need any further information, you’re welcome to call into my Office located at 194/182 Moo 9 Paniadchang Soi 11, Central Pattaya, adjacent to Carrefour. 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 itguru@ itsthailand.org, you can also visit our website www.itsthailand.org
How to hunt for a home in Pattaya
by Khun Dee
Shopping for a home may seem like a difficult pursuit, particularly now--with seasonal rains intensified by Songkran revelers. But (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling) if you can keep your head dry while all about you are losing theirs to drinking and drenching, this might be the perfect time to hunt for a home in and around Pattaya. Most visitors now are here for the water party not for a house-hunting party. So as a shopper, you have little competition in the property market at the moment. Just arm yourself with an umbrella, a notebook, a set of lists you are about to prepare, and the proper focus. Improper focus usually is what makes shopping difficult for most home buyers. Too often they direct their attention to the wrong things (like that red wall, that filthy toilet, that striped comforter matched with plaid drapes). To help you refocus, prepare a list that clearly identifies. Actually, three lists. First give serious consideration to everything you want in a new home, and list each item in order of importance. Then make a second list of everything
you must have, i.e., features you cannot live without. The third list should reflect everything you do not want. These lists not only will help you make the right choice when you ultimately buy a home, they also will save you and your real estate agent countless hours looking at homes that are not right for you. Daarani and Ken had no list when they decided to search for a home in Pattaya. The minimalists had been living in a sparsely furnished apartment in Sri Racha for two years. White walls, white tile floors, a half dozen pieces of starkly-designed furniture and Thai artwork. That’s it. The couple was unprepared for the long search that awaited them. Their agent showed them homes with brightly-painted walls, appliances in vivid colors, and messy rooms overflowing with gaudy furniture. Some of the homes were beautiful, well constructed, and reasonably priced, but Daarani and Ken were unable to focus on what the homes looked like beneath the unacceptable colors, furnishings, and clutter. They could not visualize how new furniture and a few coats of white paint would
transform a green family room into their ideal living room. Eventually, they bought a condo while the building was under construction, and they were able to design it as they saw fit. The couple was able to conceptualize their future home better when looking at the blueprints than they could when viewing actual homes. And they are not unique. Many home buyers find it hard to look beyond the superficial when house hunting. It makes it that much more difficult to find your dream home if you cannot imagine the place in your colors, with your furniture, your artwork. You can retrain your mind to see past rich colors, unfashionable wallpaper, and worn, mismatched sofas, chairs and tables. Such refocusing is important because, if you are going to find a home that is right for you, you will need to step back and view each house or condo objectively. Learn to see each property not as somebody else’s home (where others have set down roots and perhaps raised a family), but as a physical dwelling—a shell that is meant to be shaped, renovated, decorated by you.
[As an aside to home sellers, keep these points in mind when preparing your home for market. Potential buyers can be put off not only by bizarre colors, clutter, mess and rooms overcrowded with furniture, but also by anything that personalizes the residence. Remove such items as family photographs, trophies, souvenirs, children’s toys and related items. Do your best to allow visitors to imagine themselves living in your home—with no distractions.] More than one Pattaya real estate agent has related how enthusiastic first-time buyers can get while house hunting. They often get caught up in the moment. There’s the excitement over the adventure of living in Thailand. The eagerness to own a home here. The rush of attention coming from home sellers, agents and brokers willing to do almost anything to get buyers to like them and their properties. But it’s important to repress your emotions and tune out vendor entreaties. Instead, take a dispassionate look at various elements of each property you visit. Take the time to thoroughly inspect everything, check all op-
erating systems, look into every nook and cranny. Pick up each rug to see what it might be hiding; examine the condition of the floor throughout the house. Open every door. Poke through the closets. And record your observations in your notebook, along with any other information you deem important—pro and con. Notes are mandatory to avoid confusion after seeing 20 or 30 different places. Some agents prefer showing vacant homes so that buyers are not distracted by antique Buddha figures and ornate spirit houses. Seeing through adornments, decorations, and appointments is the hardest part of buying the right home for some people. If you have a personal aversion to bright colors, prints, checks or plaids and you see a house with blue, yellow and orange walls, you may have trouble focusing on how beautiful the structure of the home is because you’re repulsed by one or another distraction. You might be tempted to turn and walk right out the door and miss a potentially terrific home simply because someone has different taste. That’s an excellent reason to
create a wish list of everything you want or must have in a property. Each time you schedule a first showing, pull out your wish list. When you find a place that meets your basic needs, then start to look for how many wishlist items it includes: Is there an extra bedroom and/or bathroom? Is there a double vanity in the master bathroom? Is there a garden, a deck or a view? Is there a separate laundry room? Can the kids walk to school or safely catch a school bus nearby? Are there any parks or playgrounds in the area? Is there a gas stove or even a kitchen? What is the condition of the house, appliances, roof, foundation, walls, mechanicals, wiring, etc.? Is the location convenient to work, shopping, friends? Is there enough storage space? Is there parking? Is it safe? These and other questions important to you must be asked before launching your search. And they must be answered before you fall in love with the house of your dreams. Focus on reality. Ignore the superficial adornments and embellishments. You will be much more likely to find a house that that is right for you.
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Signs - Lost in the Translation
In a Bucharest hotel lobby: The lift is being fixed for the day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable. In a Belgrade elevator: To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.
An ad by a Hong Kong dentist: Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.
A Russian chess book: A lot of water has been passed under the bridge since this variation has been played. In the window of a Swedish furrier: Fur coats made for the ladies from their own skin.
In a Paris hotel elevator: Please leave your values at the front desk.
On a box of a clockwork toy in Hong Kong: Guaranteed to work throughout its useful life.
In a hotel in Athens: Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 & 11 am daily.
Detour sign in Kyushu, Japan: Stop—Drive sideways.
In a Yugoslavian hotel: The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid. In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian orthodox Monastery: You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday. In an Austrian hotel for skiers: Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension. On a menu in a Swiss restaurant: Our wines leave you nothing to hope for. On a menu of a Polish hotel: Salad a firm’s own make; limpid red beer soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people’s fashion. In a Tokyo hotel: Please take advantage of the chambermaids. In a Hong Kong supermarket: For your convenience we recommend courteous, efficient self-service. In a Hong Kong dress shop: Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation. From the Soviet weekly: There will be a Moscow Exhibition of the Arts by 15,000 Soviet Republic painters and sculptors. These were executed over the past two years. In an East African newspaper: A new swimming pool is rapidly taking shape since the contractors have thrown in the bulk of their workers. In a Vienna hotel: In case of fire, do your utmost to alarm the porter. In Germany’s Black Forest: It is strictly forbidden on our Black Forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men & women, live together in one tent unless they are married for that purpose.
Not in Pattaya?
Swiss mountain inn: Special today–no ice cream. Copenhagen airline ticket office: We take your bags and send them in all directions. Moscow hotel room: If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it. Norwegian cocktail lounge: Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar. Budapest zoo: Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty. A notice in a Japanese hotel (ca. 1950): Please not to steal towels. If you are not person to do such, please not to read notice. Office of a Roman doctor: Specialist in women and other diseases. Acapulco hotel: The manager has personally passed all the water served here. Tokyo shop: Our nylons cost more than common, but you’ll find that they are best in the long run. Japanese instructions on an air conditioner: Cooles & Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your room, please control yourself. Car rental brochure in Tokyo: When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor. Two signs from a Majorcan shop entrance: English well talking. Here speeching American. A sign on the lion cage at a zoo in the Czech Republic: No smoothen the lion A Finnish hotel’s instructions in case of fire: If you are unable to leave your room, expose yourself in the window.
Out of the mouths of babes
Smart Mom A mother was walking with her four year old daughter one day when the daughter picked up something off the ground and started to put it into her mouth. The mother stopped her and said she shouldn’t do that. “Why,” asked the little girl. “Because it’s dirty. It’s been on the ground. You don’t know where it’s been. It probably has germs.” The little girl looked up at her mom with admiration and asked, “How do you know so much?” Thinking quickly, the mother said, “All moms know so much. We have to. It’s on the Mommy Test. If you don’t know it, you don’t get to be a mommy.” The little girl pondered this for a few minutes, then her face brightened. “I get it!” she said. “If you don’t pass the test, you get to be a daddy!” “Yup,” said the mom. Dumb Mom Not all kids think their moms are smart. Did you hear about the five year old boy who was sent to his room by his mother for having a bit of a tantrum and calling her dumb? After about fifteen minutes, the mother went to his room to see if he was repentant. She found that her son had regained his composure. He calmly and politely said to her, “But Mom, you really are dumb.” I’d Like to See That “Oh, boy! I’m glad you’re here,” the little boy said to his grandmother on his mother’s side. “Why?” she asked. “Because now Daddy will do the trick he’s been promising us.” “What trick?” “Well, he told Mommy that if you came to visit, he would climb the walls.” Child Psychology A new teacher thought she would use what she learned in her psychology courses. She said to her class, “Everyone who thinks they are stupid, please stand up.” After a few seconds, one boy stood. “Do you think you’re stupid?” she asked. “No, ma’am, but I just didn’t want you to have to stand there all by yourself.” Beauty A little boy watched, fascinated, as his mother covered her face in cold cream. “Why do you do that?” he asked. “To make myself beautiful.” When she began to rub it off, the boy asked, “Why are you doing that? Did you give up?” Grandma’s Age A little boy asked his grandmother how old she was. “39 and holding,” she replied. “Well, then, how old would you be if you let go?”
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See longer with shades PEOPLE are starting to outlive their eyeballs, say Australian researchers and the solution could be as simple as always wearing sunglasses. Professor Jonathan of Sydney University said people were living longer so new thinking was needed to slow the shedding of photoreceptors in the eyes, which cannot be re-grown. “Knowing what I do, as a result of years of work in this field, I never go outside without my sun glasses.” he said.
by Gerd Treuhaft Author of Goodbye Yesterday Britain set to be fat capital of the world ONE in three adults will be officially fat by 2012. New research lays bare the true extent of the obesity time bomb in the UK and predicts that Britain could soon overtake America as the fat capital of the world. Researchers used data from 1993 to 2004 from the Health Survey for England to predict future obesity trends and discovered that if rates continue to rise unchecked, 13 million people will be obese by the time London hosts the Olympic Games in 2012. But by 2015, it is estimated that 36 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women aged between 21 and 60 will be obese, rising to 47 percent of men and 36 percent of women by the year 2025. FATTIES of Britain prepare to foxtrot. The health secretary wants them to hit the dance floor to counter the obesity epidemic, writes Jonathan Oliver. Alan Johnson has been inspired by Strictly Come Dancing as he attempts to persuade the public to lose weight. The point about dance is you don’t have to be a professional “said Johnson in an interview with The Sunday Times. “You don’t have to be brilliant on your feet but it gets your moving and that is what all of us need.” He intends to create a “dance working group” including the ‘Strictly come Dancing’ judges, to expand the availability of dance classes to adult. Prices of London homes falls MORE than £ 45.000 was wiped from the value of the average London home last year according to new official figures. Prices slumped by 2.3 percent last December bringing the annual fall for 2008 to a record 12.9 percent, according to data from the Land Registry. The average price for a London home last December was £307.071 compared with £352.656 a year previously. London is cheaper than New York THE cost of living in London has dropped dramatically as a result of the recession and is now cheaper than New York for the first time, since 2002 according to research this week. London has fallen to the world’s 27th most expensive city from eight place six months ago, according to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit. At the start of last year and before the credit crisis hit, London was the third most expensive city in the world. According to the figures, New York is now the 23rd most expensive city from 39th six months ago, meaning that for the first time in seven years, prices in London for food, alcohol, utilities and clothing have dropped below those in the Big Apple. Migrants take Brit jobs MORE than a million workers from outside the EU have taken jobs in Britain since Labour came to power. They have taken nearly half all the available vacancies after being given permits to work here, with less than one in five of the jobs going to Brits. The figures from the Office for National Statistics show that between December 1997 and last year, jobs held by foreigners soared by 1,759,000 with 1,085,000 filled by non-EU citizen. Out of the 2.2 million new jobs, 49% went to people born outside the EU with just 19% going to home grown Brits. The statistics also revealed that 2.5 million of the 3.7 million immigrants aged 16 to 65 are from outside Europe. The figures were revealed to MPs as the newspaper, “Daily Star” continues to champion British Jobs for British Workers urging the Government to stop qualified Brits being sidelined in favour of cheap labour from overseas. No Miss Great Britain in 2009 BRITAIN’S oldest beauty pageant has become the latest victim of the credit crunch. Miss Great Britain, first staged
64 years ago, was due to be held in London last month. But organiser, Robert de Keyser, has called it off, citing the global economic downturn after failing to attract enough wealthy patrons to buy table space at the event. Britain faces a pension time-bomb BRITAIN faces a pension time-bomb as figures show one in four will be over retirement age in less than 25 years. Statistics highlights the strain to be placed on state pensions and hospitals, and the younger workers who will have to work longer to support them, an official report warns today. The future cost of looking after more than three million people who can be expected to live to 85 and more, well over double the 1.3 million over-85s today, is set to be huge. There were 9.5 million over 65s in Britain last year fewer than one in six of the population. The figure is set to rise to 16.1 million by 2O32, 23 percent of the estimated 71 million population and slightly under 70 percent of the 10 million population increase, between now and then, is expected to be a result of immigration. London ‘Greenest” capital in Europe LONDON is the greenest capital in Europe a survey claims. Experts analysed 34 European cities looking at investment in green technology and the attitudes of residents to technology, such as electric cars. The research by AT Kearney praised the City’s work in environmental uptake and councils’ efforts installing charging points for electric cars. Doze alarm The world’s first drowsy driver detection system will appear in Mercedes-Benz’s new E-class sedan when the car is launched this summer. “Attention Assist” monitors motorists behaviour and warns them with an alarm and a dashboard picture of a coffee cup when it senses a fall in alertness. Are married couples in a minority? MARRIED couples will be in the minority by next year as increasing numbers choose to live together out of wedlock, official figures show. Already fewer than half of women aged between 18 and 49 are married, compared with threequarters in 1979. And only half of all adults are married, down almost 10 per cent in less than a decade, according to the Office for National Statistics. A scientific study into match-making has discovered what most people already know, that men like younger women and women like men with money. Experts at two universities came up with their unsurprising conclusion after studying more than 400 lonely hearts ads, placed in newspapers and on websites. They found that most men value youth above all else, whilst women place most importance on their partner’s resources and high social status. As a result, men will often tout their intelligence and high income in the ads using phrases such as “large house” and “economically independent”. Of the 97 men who mentioned age in their ads only three were looking for an older partner. But 14 out of 16 women aged 20 to 39 were looking for an older lover. The study was a joint project between Oxford University and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Cocaine teens BRITAIN has the highest proportion of 15 to 16 year olds in Europe regularly using cocaine, a shock report reveals. Five percent of that age group take the drug, more than twice the EU average, of two percent Britain has nearly 400.000 “problem users” of all ages, says the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. And it warns that we are becoming an international centre for drug sales. Tories called the figures “disturbing”.
Do you trust the media? PEOPLE who trust the media are healthier; they also tend to be highly educated and female. Experts in Japan studied 39.000 people from 29 countries on the relationship between trust and health, slightly more than a half said they had faith in the media; this group was also the healthiest. British women have one of the lowest life expectancies BRITISH women have one of the lowest life expectancies in Europe researchers say. A study found that a British woman who reached the age of 50 in 2005 can expect to live for another 32.7 years, reaching 82 years and eight months. Our life expectancy trails far behind that of France and Germany and is on a par with the former Yugoslav republic of Slovenia. Out of a league table across the 25 European Union countries, Britain scored just 16th, only the poorer nations of Eastern Europe and Denmark had worse life expectancy. Experts believe our poor results could be partly due to high rates of obesity and lung disease. Previous studies have also shown that Britain’s cancer survival rates are among the lowest in Europe. The study was carried out by Professor Carol Jagger from Leicester University and published on the website of THE LANCET journal. Clever people live longer CLEVER people may live longer because they are more likely to follow doctors’ orders, a study suggests. Academics at the Medical Research Council studied more than 2.000 patients at risk of heart problems. Their verbal intelligence was measured and they were asked to keep a diary detailing how often they took their medication and explanations for any doses they missed. Those with the lowest IQ were two and a half times more likely to stop taking the medication, compared with those who had the highest IQ. Previous studies have found people with a high IQ are less likely to die from chronic diseases. East Europeans coming to Britain THE number of East Europeans coming to Britain to work fell to 165.000 last year, the lowest since eight former communist states, joined the EU in May 2004, but the number of foreign born people living here rose to 6.5 million, up almost 300.000 on the year before, Home Office figures showed last week. There was a 17 per cent rise in people from outside the European Union being allowed to settle here taking the figure last year to 145.000. Unemployment in Britain BRITAIN is suffering the fastest rise in unemployment in the developed world-with nearly one in 10 expected to be on the dole next year. Figures from the world’s top economic watchdog, warns the country is set for two years of savage layoffs. Unemployment which stood at 1.8 million last October could reach 3.5 million by 2010. The new forecast, the bleakest yet, has been issued by the Organisation for Economic-Co-ordination and Development Working too much LONG working hours could increase the risk of dementia later in life, a study has suggested. It found middle-aged workers putting in 55 hours or more a week, had poorer brain function than those clocking up fewer than 40 hours. Researchers tracked 2.214 civil servants who signed up to a long-term health study in the mid-1980s. Tests carried out on the volunteers in their 50s revealed those working the longest hours had lower scores in intelligence, short term memory and word recall. The study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, suggests the stress and exhaustion of working long hours could be as bad for the brain as smoking. The authors said. “The link between cognitive impairment and dementia later in life is clearly established.” Britain has some of the longest working hours in Europe, with five million people working unpaid extra hours last year.
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Weathering the financial storm so that you still have that investment portfolio!
by Craig Taunton In my last article we talked about the bear market and what we thought lay ahead so with this one let’s try address what you should or should not being doing to protect your investments. Firstly let me state that in my opinion (and I have been known to be wrong before) we may still be only halfway through this secular bear market! But that doesn’t mean there won’t be opportunities to profit, both on the longand short-side of the markets. And even if you don’t have a trader’s mentality it’s still not too late for you to hedge other investments in your portfolio against the probability of more market turmoil ahead. Paralyzed by uncertainty, how will you know when it’s time to make your next move? Many individual investors have a hard time navigating the twists and turns of the market, especially in today’s volatile climate. Cashing in on brief, but profitable up-
trends (and down-trends) isn’t easy, unless you are closely watching the market’s gyrations on a daily basis. Most investors just don’t have the time (or inclination) to do so. Many investors are shell-shocked by now. Paralyzed by fear and uncertainty they are glued to the sidelines ... waiting for the right time to make a move. Moving too soon could cost you dearly should markets plunge further. Acting too late will cost you a missed opportunity should markets rebound. And if you’re not very careful, you may get sucked in late to a rally ... just in time for the market to roll over again. This is just one of many bear traps you must be on guard against. Today’s market volatility is even higher than it was during the 1930s ... the worst secular bear market on record ... so you could easily get whip-sawed on your own in this market. But that’s where the guidance of a professional investment adviser can make all the difference for your portfolio. So let’s do a quick review of the state America (as af-
ter all this economy has the greatest world influence right now) is in: - The real estate market stinks, - The construction industry is crippled, - Unemployment is rising, - And businesses are hunkering down for tough times. And I am absolutely convinced it’s going to get worse — a whole lot worse — before it gets better. That of course has a lot of important investment implications ... especially if you agree with me. What You Should Consider Doing... Running for cover! The most important strategy to follow for 2009 is to increase your allocation of good old safe cash or putting your money into non equity investment bonds like property based ones that are not subprime affected, we have some great ones that have consistently returned around 10% during this entire credit crisis. How much depends on your situation. But I think anything less than 50 percent in cash or non equity bonds is a mistake.
Use every market rally, such as the Dow going above 7,500, as an opportunity to sell (even at a loss) and increase your cash. Investing with a safety net. If you do decide to invest in the stock market, consider one of the single premium life or annuity products that offer returns based on a percentage of a stock market index’s growth while protecting you from runaway losses. Buying some haywire insurance. I’m talking about gold and commodity based products. In the old days, gold was primarily an inflation hedge. But its role has changed. It’s now become a haven for investors seeking the ultimate in safety. I believe that gold should do extremely well if (a) the stock market gets clobbered, (b) the value of the U.S. dollar collapses, (c) the rampant government spending turns into rampant inflation, or (d) the global recession turns into a global depression. Frankly, I am convinced that (a), (b), and (c) are almost sure things. And I am very worried that (d) is a real possibility and here’s why:
The Fed Chairman, the Treasury Secretary and Congress have now done more to bail out financial institutions and pump up financial markets than any of their counterparts in history. But it’s not nearly enough and, at the same time, it’s already far too much. Two years ago, when major banks announced multibillion-dollar losses in subprime mortgages, the world’s central banks injected unprecedented amounts of cash into the financial markets. But that was not enough. Six months later, when Lehman Brothers and AIG fell, the U.S. Congress rushed to pass the TARP, the greatest bank bailout legislation of all time. But as it turned out, that wasn’t sufficient either. Subsequently, in addition to the original goal of TARP, the U.S. government has loaned, invested, or committed $400 billion to nationalize the world’s two largest mortgage companies ... $42 billion for the Big Three auto manufacturers ... $29 billion for Bear Stearns, $185 billion for AIG, and $350 billion for
Citigroup ... $300 billion for the Federal Housing Administration Rescue Bill ... $87 billion to pay back JPMorgan Chase for bad Lehman Brothers’ trades ... $200 billion in loans to banks under the Federal Reserve’s Term Auction Facility (TAF) ... $50 billion to support shortterm corporate IOUs held by money market mutual funds ... $500 billion to rescue various credit markets ... $620 billion in currency swaps for industrial nations ... $120 billion in swaps for emerging markets ... trillions to cover the FDIC’s new, expanded bank deposit insurance, plus trillions more for other sweeping guarantees. And it still, I don’t believe, will be enough. Total tally of government funds committed to date: Closing in on $13 trillion …. You do the math and ask yourself where is all this money coming from and this is just America we are talking about. Questions to the author can be directed to Craig Taunton of Haswell Pellant on 083 292 1793 or email ctaunton@haswellpellant. com
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Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: email@example.com Quick Tip Check the door seals on your refrigerator and freezer about every six months to be sure they are airtight. An easy way to test is to open the refrigerator door, hold a business card over the gasket, then close the door with half of the card inside the fridge. Now, with the door closed, try to pull the card out. If it comes out with little or no resistance, you may need to replace the door seal. Clog Blog Ever since we moved into our newly built home here we’ve been having problems with drains. All drains. We’re very careful about not pouring grease or anything else down the drains, and we have screens over each drain to prevent hair and other debris from entering. Nevertheless, the water backs up and sometimes just sits there for hours. As I said, it’s a new home so I don’t understand why we are having problems. Flooded Floyd Clogged sewers in newer construction homes often are caused by broken pipes and poor design or construction, Floyd (yes, even here in Thailand). Using the wrong fittings during construction or allowing too little slope in the drain run can cause the drain to become clogged. It’s best to have the problem checked out by a qualified plumber (get a recommendation from someone you trust). The plumber can unclog the pipe and, if necessary, replace pipes or fittings to prevent future problems. Stinking Stella With the recent rains, Andy, I have been having a problem with my young dog Stella. She’s been coming in from neighborhood treks soaking wet and smelly. (I can’t imagine what she’ll smell like and how she’ll look during Pattaya’s excessive Songkran deluge.) Any suggestions for what I can do about Matilda’s stench—other than bathing
her every time she gets wet in the rain or is subjected to a New Year blessing of holy water? Priscilla in PV The next time Matilda comes in from the rain (or Songkran revelry), just wipe her down with a sheet of fabric softener. One dryer sheet should do it for most dogs; it might take two for a German Shepard, a Great Dane, or other large dog. The scented sheet will instantly turn Matilda into a four-legged air freshener. This will work for your locks, too, whether you get caught in the rain or on those occasions when you simply have no time to wash your hair. Keep some dryer sheets handy during Songkran—especially since they also are effective in refreshing wet stinky clothing. Gold Mold A few months ago I purchased a gold-plated neck chain. Recently it has been giving me a rash around my neck and there are traces of green on the links, obviously a cheap copy. Is there anything I can use to clean off the mould and better still anything I can do to stop the problem reoccurring, like spraying with an aerosol varnish? If so do you know where I can buy the products? Cheap Charlie I have no special knowledge of jewelry, Charlie, but if I were dealing with such a mold problem, I would begin by testing a drop of household laundry bleach on an inconspicuous part of the chain. Let it sit for a few minutes to see if there is any change in the color or any damage to the plating. If not, soak the chain in bleach for 10 minutes or so, then immerse in warm, soapy water. Brush the chain thoroughly and rinse. That should successfully eliminate all traces of mold. To prevent future mold, I was going to suggest coating the chain with clear nail polish, but your suggestion for spraying with an
aerosol varnish may be an even better idea. It’s important that you wait until the chain is totally dry before adding the clear coat. I would suggest two coats; apply the second coat about four hours after the first. Look for clear, spray-on varnish at a local paint, hardware, or home improvement store. Jump Start I would like to know the proper way to jump start a car when the battery dies, Andy. My Thai boyfriend says that all four cable connections must be attached to those things on the top of the two batteries. But I seem to recall something about grounding one of the alligator clips to one of the cars (I don’t remember which one). Who is right and what else should I know? Kevin You win this time, Kevin. One end of the negative cable should be clipped to a clean, unpainted spot on the engine of the car with the dead battery, or to the bolt that holds the battery in place. Here’s what else you need to know: First attach the positive (red) cable to the positive post on the battery of the running car (with the good battery), and attach the other end of that same
cable to the positive post of the dead battery. Then attach the negative (black) cable to the negative post on the battery of the running car. Now, attach the other end of that cable to an unpainted spot on the engine of the other car. Check to ensure all clips are in place, then rev the engine of the running car while trying to start the car
with the dead battery. With both engines running, turn on the head lights of both cars. Then disconnect the cables in reverse order. That is, first remove the negative cable attached to the engine, then the negative cable from the good battery; then remove the positive cable from dead battery and, finally, disconnect the positive cable
from the good battery. (Do not allow the metal cable clamps to touch one another before all are disconnected.) Now you may turn off the headlights, but do not cut the engine of the car with the dead battery. It would be best to drive the car for 20 minutes or longer to help recharge the battery. --- Handy Andy
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MICKEY MOUSE FRIDAY NIGHT Losing a John not necessarily DART LEAGUE RESULTS TABLE a bad thing in Pattaya Softball The Coffee Shop Quartet turned up at Palmers expecting a win and a free beer, the Palmers Crew however had other ideas. With both honors resting on the beer, Palmers with nerves of steel and legs of jelly proved to be the thirstier side, leaving Blue Mountain with empty bellies. Stan’s Boys & Girls travelled into Bandit Country of Soi 7 to play Stars. Not shining brightly at all (I think Stan hit the dimmer switch), Stars lost both game & beer. Cheers regaling themselves with exaggerated stories of dart throwing brilliance on their way home (the baht bus driver informed me that this was the free beer talking!). A customized golf buggy was seen trundling along 3rd Road at 6pm on Friday evening, it was the Bunker Boys on their way to OK Corral. They have to leave early as the buggy only goes 5kph. Turning into Rongland the buggy backfired (can an electric buggy backfire or was it Pensioner Geoff?) and the horses tethered up outside OK broke free and scattered. The Posse, now unable to concentrate on darts lost both game & beer. The Mee Chew Crew sneaked into Helicopter Squadron Lines and surprised the still asleep Airborne Assaulters. The deciding match for the game win saw Simon (MCC) playing Pye, with Simon only just avoiding embarrassment to win the match. Helicopter regrouped, refueled, reloaded, and full of ‘R’s won the beer. Rob (H) hitting a 180. The Sunshine Boys went over to the dark side to have a go at Team Lucky Time. The game win resting on the final match with little On (TLT bless her cotton socks) beaten by a big bad man (Boo). The beer leg saw both teams requiring X1. After 60+ darts (I thought everyone was throwing left handed for a laugh) Tommy (RS) managed to ‘drop in’ to take the beer. Steve forgot to mention it, but last week Ron (RS) hit a 180. On a final match note, Lance was beaten very convincingly in his single match, and I only used 2 darts! DARTS.
Three Sisters Golf
by Paul Donahue
Maybe it was the April 7th blues or the threat of rain, whatever, the turnout was
sparse to say the least. Some of the regulars were back in the US of A, one was nursing a sore shoulder, and yet another was seeing a heart doc-
Bob Benda & Bill Thompson
The Bunker Golf Schedule
tor. Nonetheless, the diehards were on hand to challenge the Pattaya Country Club course. Challenge is the right word. There seems to be some sort of fungus attacking the greens that the Groundskeeper can’t get a handle on. Sending hundreds of workers out pulling errant weeds is not doing the trick. The giant mushrooms throughout the fairways makes it a bit difficult to determine which are mushrooms and which is your ball. Despite those problems Bob Benda came in with a 34, a bit low for Bob with Bill Thompson was right behind with a 33. Herbie recovering from a Parking Lot crash still came through with his spicy and regular dogs. The usual beverages were on hand to cool the players down. Register by 09.30am Return scorecards by 1830 pm Presentation @ 1900pm.
by Diego Wells
Unlike being a working girl on the mean streets of Pattaya, it seems that losing a John or two in Pattaya softball is a good thing. Our battered bunch of batters often have the pleasure of playing with a plethora of Johns on any given Sunday in Jomtiem. There is newly acquired John G. ( who has yet to really find that sweet spot on the field), Sriracha John (who is named for his current home town), John C.F. (dubbed for his fetish for Chickens), John Stockton (former Utah Jazz playmaker extraordinaire) and lastly John Q (named, because most of us can not spell his Irish surname which consists of a whopping 6 letters). There are also many a player without the J in the first name, but as our long time veteran Nick accurately spotted, “Everyone is a John in this town!”. So without further adieu, I give you the summary of our exciting Softball Sunday Double Header, led by our many Johns. Game 1 3 Johns and a Perry for pitching, took on a single John and a Diego on the mound. It started as a tight, defensive struggle with Perry’s team slugging their way to a 2-0 lead with their best hitting John (Mchugh, which often gets lost in translation and ends up being “Q”) stroking a strong double over Greg’s outstretched glove in left centerfield and knocking in another John (Mr. Stockton) from first. Not to be outdone, in the bottom of the first, Diego banged a 3 run homer over John G. in right center field, scoring both Sriracha John and Peter (no relation to a John). The teams both earned bagels in the second inning with strong defensive plays at third base by Rhys (3 Johns team) and Kevin (1 John team). In the bottom of the third, hard hitting Jason got even by bashing a ball deep to centerfield for a 2 run shot to regain the lead for the 1 John Diego team. In the fifth, the leading team pulled away, with a homer from Rhys, a called Triple (sort of like when Babe Ruth did it, but without the pot belly) by birthday boy returning Mark, and RBIs from Peter, Phil, Jason and Rhys. Then team 1 John Diego team shut them down defensively, with a great diving catch from Rocky in right.
A botched Perry run to first base earned him the new title of Charlie Hustle no more, as Sriracha John dropped the short toss from Nakata at 2nd, but our elderly gentlemen quit running before completing the run to first. He will probably never live that one down, maybe his advanced age is finally catching up to him? In the end a comfortable 13-4 victory for team 1 John Diego. Nakata was awarded defensive player
to give Perry’s team 6 unearned runs and find themselves town 9-5 after three innings. Phil hit a homer in the bottom of the fourth and RBIs from Josh, Diego, and the two Johns (Stockton and Q) gave them a brief 11-9 lead. But team 1 John Perry were too strong, scoring four in the sixth, and adding an insurance run in the seventh to win the game 14-11. Jason and Greg won co-mvp honors for their hot bats, while Rhys
Our FUN bunch of softballers after the double header
of the game, for his diving catches and accurate tosses at second base (his gift of free shish-kababs had the judges eating out of his hands, literally), while John Q and Jason shared honors for best bat of the game (Jason hit the ball better, but this is John Q’s last week , and the committee is throwing him a bone)! Game 2 A lot of Johns and other players got shuffled for the back end of Sunday’s double header. John G. and his buddy Howard from NY, left after game one, Perry and Diego switched sides, and Rocky went in for Jim/Bob at second, after he collided with Shawn in right field diving for a ball hit by Jason. As well, Nakata was replaced by Rhys and later Nick, after pulling a hamstring on yet another diving play at second base. So game two saw the 1 John (Sriracha) Perry team jump out to a three run lead in the top of the first due to the Texas blooper triple by Jason that took out Jim/Bob (and Shawn as well). Team 2 John Diego recovered with two runs in the second on hits from Scotty, Rhys, and Stevie (who is already missing Pakistan). In the third Perry and his John broke open the game with 6 runs on a comedy of errors by the other team. Greg’s short pop fly on the first base line was booted by the pitcher Diego and caused 2 runs to score. Rocky made an error at second, and Shawn added another at Right field,
was given defensive kudos for his strong play in RCF, a mere 15 years since his last time at said position. All in all, it was another glorious day of Softball in Pattaya. So why not get off your hind legs, and come and join the fun. It all starts at 1pm, in Jomtiem every Sunday, and we are still looking for a few weekend warriors to join us on the Diamond. (From Pattaya, take Sukhumvit to soi 85 turn left, follow road for 6 kms, turn left again at soi 15, follow that road for 1km, and right beside the small Pattaya airport you will find Jimmy’s field of Dreams), This week’s profile of an Athlete is the Boston Bomber, Mr. Johnny Mchugh. It is that time of year again, the time when our old seamen, ships out to sunny America, back to work for 6 months. Chief Engineer John Mchugh (or Q for those who can not pronounce his last name) is a mainstay at Pattaya softball and will be greatly missed. He plays hard, swings a mean bat, is steady with the glove in left field and doesn’t mind screaming the odd obscenity at incompetent umpiring. He is definitely one of our best all-around players with his only fault being, he is a Red Sox fan. We wish you well on the high seas my friend, and hope that you don’t get too fat working on those cruise ships. Safe travels Mr. John Q.
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Golf from the Travellers Rest
by Barry Hooper
Wednesday Quiz League
R4Q5 Q: Jazz and pop singer Buddy Greco was also well-known for playing what musical instrument? A: Piano. The Bunker appealed for drums. From Wikipedia: Buddy Greco […] is an American singer and pianist. The Bunker may have been thinking of Buddy Rich, who is a drummer. Appeal denied. R4Q5 Q: What name was assigned to several political movements and parties dating from the 1930s, most particularly the original fascist movement in Spain? A: Falange or Phalange. Shagwell appealed for Phalangists. Although this name means the members of the party rather than the party itself, Shagwell’s answer is close enough. Two points to them. R5Q6 Q: In regard to Greenwich Mean Time, the word “mean” indicates what? A: Average (i.e. noon GMT represents the average noon at Greenwich throughout the year). Rising Sun appealed for “mid-point”. The mid-point is not the same as the mean. Wikipedia describes the mid-point thus: the number separating the higher half of a sample, a population, or a probability distribution, from the lower half. The technical name for a mid-point is median. Appeal denied. R5Q8 Q: ‘Moonrakers’ is the colloquial name for people from which West Country County; this refers to a folk story set in the time when smuggling was a significant industry in rural England. A: Wiltshire. Bowling Green and Boxing Roo appealed for Cornwall. From Wikipedia: Moonrakers is the colloquial name for people from Wiltshire. The story goes that some villagers were trying to retrieve barrels of contraband brandy from a village pond, but when caught by customs men they pointed to the reflection of the full-moon in the pond and said they were trying to rake in a round cheese. The customs men thinking they were idiots went on their way. Appeal denied. R7Q10 [Picture of Beyoncé] A: Beyoncé. The Bunker were marked wrong for Knowles. Normally there is no appeal in the picture round, but I will allow this one as Beyoncé’s full name is Beyoncé Giselle Knowles. Two points to the Bunker. No quiz next week because of Songkran - next matches April 22nd: Derbyshire vs. Bunker, Londoner vs. Nervous Wreck, OK Corral vs. Boxing Roo, Palmers vs. Cheers, Rising Sun vs. Bowling Green, Shagwell vs. Stag’s Head.
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John on Top Form This week I am headlining a new boy on the block. His name John Stevenson. I personally have still to meet him. He seems to have eluded me all week so no picture I am afraid. However that being said John obviously dug out his top game and had two wins one after the other. The first at Phoenix on Thursday in the second division with thirty seven just edging out Greg Mason and then went one division better on the Saturday at our change of venue Greenwood with a solid thirty-three beating John Merritt by three. The day was hampered by a large storm coming through then turning about and coming back for a second session. This obviously did not put John of his game. However it has to be said that it must have affected many others as most scores returned were much lower than the norm. The picture honour this week goes to Robert wood after his fine thirty five point win on Saturday in division two at Greenwood beating Tristan Gilbert by just one. I asked Robert for his picture at the Travellers Rest long before the announcement of the winners because I could not stay back having to take a fellow golfer to the airport. Why do you want my picture was his response? Have I won or something? My answer was sorry I don’t know Robert but you’re a good looking fellow and it is your turn for a picture. I don’t think he believed me judging by the look on his face as I rushed out of the door and into my car. On Monday the 30th Khao Kheow was the venue. A fair turnout so just the one division. I was not personally in attendance and can only offer report from the results sheet. But I must say that the scores seem low so I can only assume that the course must have proved tough on the day. Mike Sanders came out on top with thirty-four followed by steady Eddie Townsend after fighting off Charlie Chance in a count back both on thirty-three. Fourth was Larry Bland who came out on top of a three way count back of his own with Larry Simpson and Ito Akitoshi. Five two’s on the day.
Robert Wood at the fifth, Larry Simpson and Eddie Townsend at the twelfth and Mick Flynn and Pat Hannifin at the seventeenth. On Tuesday the 31st it was off to Plutaluang playing East & West This is not always the player’s favourite course something I have never understood and so it must have been this day as the numbers were down. Scores were not that high either but Brendan Moore came out on top despite recent handicap cuts
Saturday Division Two Winner – Robert Wood
with a thirty-three beating Mark Krysi on the back nine count back. Third was Larry Simpson with thirty-two (he seems to be thereabouts quite regularly these days) Fourth was Ray Allison with thirtyone he also produced the only two on the day to take all the spoils. On the 2nd of April for the first outing of the new month it was yet another of our regular Thursday outings to Phoenix (Mountain & Lakes) Yet again the course was in excellent condition (although I did hear some rumblings about the greens being a little inconsistent) and yet another big turnout so three divisions. Division Three went to Larry Bland with 37 followed by Patrick Brown six back at 31 for second and Kay Molloy third at 30 (It is nice to see the return of the Molloys and the Jacksons from the Emerald Isle). Division Two was a win for John Stevenson with 37 leaving Greg Mason and Roger Wilkinson having a count back check out for the other two places with Greg taking the honours with his 31. Division One went to Hugh Byrne with 37. Brendan Moore second at 35 and Larry Simpson third 34 after winning the count back over Fergus Brennan.
As a slight diversion from the norm a prize was up for the best score on the day and the overall winner. This went to Gunnar Vangnes with his thirty nine pointer. Well Done Gunnar Saturday the 4th was a weekend visit to Greenwood (our regular course Green Valley had a major comp on) There was a fair turnout but the outing was severely affected by the weather with some players bailing out after nine holes but you always have the hardened few who carry on regardless. This however meant a very late finish and the presentation not able to take place until about seven thirty. This was to be John Stevenson’s day with his first division win (33) he also took the two’s all for himself. Second was John Merritt with thirty and third just the one back at twenty-nine was Mike Rushant. Division two was a fine win for Robert Wood with his thirty-five followed by Tristan Gilbert at thirty-four and Larry Bland at thirty-three for third. Detailed Results for the week – Monday 30th – Khao Kheow A&B Mike Sanders 34 hc 10 Eddie Townsend 33 hc 14 c/b Charlie Chance 33 hc 17 c/b Larry Bland 32 hc 18 c/b Tuesday 31st at Plutaluang East & West Brendan Moore 33 hc 12 c/b Mark Krysi 33 hc 31 c/b Larry Simpson 32 hc 09 Ray Allison 31 hc 10 Thursday 2nd April at Phoenix Lakes and Ocean Div 1 Hugh Byrne 37 hc 11 Brendan Moore 35 hc 12 Larry Simpson 34 hc 10 c/b Div 2 John Stevenson 37 hc 13 Greg Mason 36 hc 17 c/b Roger Wilkinson 36 hc 14 c/b Div 3 Larry Bland 37 hc 18 Patrick Brown 31 hc 24 Kay Molloy 30 hc 28 Overall Winner - Gunnar Vangsnes 39 hc 22 Saturday 4th at Greenwood A & C Div 1 John Stevenson 33 hc 12 John Merritt 30 hc 13 Mike Rushant 29 hc 13 Div 2 Robert Wood 35 hc 18 Tristan Gilbert 34 hc 16 Larry Bland 33 hc 17
“APRIL” 2009 Golfing Schedule for the TRGG (Please note that this list is provisional and is subject to alteration) Thursday Monday Thursday Monday Thursday
16th Phoenix 20th Emerald 23rd Phoenix 27th Bangpra 30th Phoenix
Saturday 18th Green Valley Tuesday 21st Treasure Hill Saturday 25th Green Valley Tuesday 28th Plutaluang
Vol. 8 No. 15 16- 30 April 2009
by Mick Ramshaw
Green Valley Another round of golf at Green Valley this time playing a Medal round saw Mashi just edge out Tony Robbins on a count back to win the A Flight and Gordon Melia took third place only one shot behind them. The cut was handicap 17 and in the B Flight we had Korean “Brus” come in with the best round of the day carding a four under par nett 68 to win by four shots. Brian Maddox took the runner up spot ahead of Jack Robertson who beat Geoff Hart and Reg Smart on a count back. Results: A Flight: 1st Mashi Kaneta (hcp 10) nett 73 2nd Tony Robbins (hcp 13) nett 73 3rd Gordon Melia (hcp 12) nett 74 B Flight: 1st Brus Ka (hcp 18) nett 68 2nd Brian Maddox (hcp 21) nett 72 3rd Jack Robertson (hcp 22) nett 73 Near pin winners - Don McPherson, Brus Ka, Gordon Melia and JJ Harney. Pattana Golf and Sports Resort It was close in the A Flight today where David Day just held off the charge from both Keith Smithson and Dave Harvey to win the A Flight by one point, Keith beating Dave on a count back to
claim the runner up spot. The highlight of the day however came on the par 6 hole on the A course where Mike Lloyd had an albatross 3 and didn’t everyone in the bar afterwards get to hear about it!!! In the B Flight Keith Allen scored 36 points to come away with the spoils, Geoff Hart was second four points behind and Martin Harvey
LOCAL SPORTS Green Valley Playing the first of two games at Green Valley this week Dave Harvey made a successful return to Thailand winning the A Flight with a huge 40 points, Keith Smithson playing off scratch held off the cahallenge from Paul Smith but only just, beating him on a count back to push him into third place. The three ball that teed off first took all the honours in the B Flight, PJ, Jack Gayer and Colin Stokes finished first
Three Sisters Golf
by Paul Donahue
Not sure if it was the change of seasons and the hot weather or suffering from problems associated with activities of the night before, but the turn out this March 31st was a bit sparse. Tee offs began, as usual, around 6:30 am. The greens presented some problems with the heavy dew on them that kept even hard putts from making it to the hole. Nonetheless, everyone had some good shots and a few even had some bad shots. Coming in to Caddy Shack II, the cards told the story. Pushing “untall” Paul Donahue out of first place was “Free Drop” Jim Hern coming in
Jim Hern & Paul Donahue with a 35. Paul’s 33 didn’t cut Ishinaga has gotten himself a it. This being the end of the new Convection Oven and is month means Jim will have making good use of it. Today his name engraved on the he provided really tasty sliced Three Sisters trophy. Herbie roast pork for sandwiches.
Golf fom the Cafe Kronborg Mike Lloyd (albatross) and Keith Smithson (runner up twice)
came third a point further back. Results: A Flight: 1st David Day (hcp 15) 35 points 2nd Keith Smithson (hcp 0) 34 points 3rd Dave Harvey (hcp 14) 34 points B Flight: 1st Keith Allen (hcp 26) 36 points 2nd Geoff Hart (hcp 21) 32 points 3rd Martin Harvey (hcp 21) 31 points Near pin winners - Martin Harvey, Keith Smithson, Dave Harvey and Geoff Hart.
second and third in that order to leave the rest scratching their heads. Results: A Flight: 1st Dave Harvey (hcp 14) 40 points 2nd Keith Smithson (hcp 0) 36 points 3rd Paul Smith (hcp 4) 36 points B Flight: 1st PJ Redmond (hcp 17) 39 points 2nd Jack Gayer (hcp 19) 38 points 3rd Colin Stokes (hcp 25) 37 points Near pin winners - Dave Harvey, William Macey, Mike Lloyd and Tony Robbins.
Golf form Tropical Bert’s
by Thomas Cotton
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This was one of those mornings that an organiser dreads. Half the players were going off to play in a matchplay, and at the early morning meet at Bert’s players dropped out like flies until at the end we were left with three groups only. Still off we went to Bangpra where we had changed our Tee Time from 1000 hrs to
ly apparent that the fairways were good but once off them it was rock hard. It was the same all the way around, and incidentally the monkeys are still there in force. At the second green as I was chipping, my cart got attacked and anything loose disappeared. Fortunately I had locked away my wallet in the most inaccessible pocket, but still lost several items.
so it was a double take. The scores on the day were excellent and Brian Gabe who played with our group shot 37 points and was not in the winners. So the winner with 39 points was Dick Warberg with Steve Hamstad close behind with 38 points. Then the night developed into one of the best at Bert’s for a long time, not hindered
Matchplay Team 1100 hrs as it was 300 Baht cheaper. Surprise was that we were not actually allowed to buy green fees etc until 1100 hrs. I have not known this before. The Course in addition was fairly empty. Off we went on time well nearly, and it was immediate-
Round over it was into the restaurant for a quick Rainbow Ice-Cream, still the best around, then back to Bert’s. Back at Bert’s we were joined by the members of the ‘Matchplay Team’ who told us the had just won by 3 to 2
Winners in the least by the fact it was ‘The Reporters’ birthday, and the bell was heard to ring more than once. We also had several aspiring singers, so all the old songs came out. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Mashi Kenata Dick Warberg Brian Gabe
by Derek Brook
Eastern Star ( Stableford) With ‘The Admiral” away on his annual migration to The USA it fell to the ‘B Team’ of Mike and Doug to lead a group to Eastern Star, a Course we have not played for some time, but as they say ‘A change is as good as a rest’. Reports say the Course was in reasonable condition with the greens quite good for this Course.
eford) Some days start different, this was one of them. As we were going to Green Valley the next day, I had to nip in the PSC and pick up the Vouchers. As only 18 were booked in I signed for 20, took the book and went home. Next morning bright and early, yes I know I am never early, or particularly bright, it was collect money for Competition and Greenfee as ‘The Admiral’ was away on his yearly visit home.
the first tee. When I say dash it was not that quick as we had a wait until we could tee off. Hot and bothered, who Me? well it was nice to get away. The Course was in it’s usual fine condition, and we moved quite well, and soon it was time to bring a fine day to and end and hope the hassle had not let the scribe down in his effort to win. Also it was really hot and we had more than one player suffering from the heat so you
Doug Maiko On the day we had two flights with in the A Flight the winner being Doug Maiko with 33 points with Per Olaf Baarli in second and Dave Neal in third on countbacks both with 32 points. In the B Flight the winner was Colin Swan with 35 points with Graham Buckingham in second with 34 points and Bon Nelson in third with 32 points.. Thursday The 2nd April 2009: Green Valley ( Stabl-
Derek Brook After 9 Greenfees were issued I was rather surprised to find I had only one left. Yes the ‘Book’ only had 10 in it. This meant a dash back to PSC and a zoom up to Green Valley. You would have thought I would have known better as I buy the Vouchers in bulk, but each Course has different methods. We live and learn. At the Course it was time to book in, issue the vouchers to those waiting and dash to
Anders Karlsen be careful out there. In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the winner was Derek Brook, alias ‘The Scribe’ with 36 points on countback from Doug Maiko in second. In third was Ted Morris with a fine 35 points as he was suffering with the heat. In the B Flight the winner was Per Anders Karlsen with 39 points ahead of Jan Lovgreen in second with 34 points and Art Bailey in third with 33 points. T.T.F.N.
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ull Moon and Legless: On Saturday night 25 April the 20th annual Full Moon Knee Walk will take place. I understand this annual festival of Thai rotgut ingestion is organised under the auspices of the Hash House Harriers (the drinking club with a running problem). If you happen to be out and about you may notice a group of around 20 or so very happy looking veterans of the bar stool making merry in a number of some of the longest-established places in Fun Town. The event is due to kick into life at around 6:30PM at The Haven boozer, noshery and sleeping palace (Soi 13) before moving onto the Shenanigans faux-Irish joint (The Avenue, Second Road), then down to Tim ogling den (Second Road), and into Patrick’s Belgian munchery in Central Arcade. Then it was onto Cafe Kronborg (Soi Diana Inn). After a relatively sedate start the mob will snake its way down towards the fleshpots of south Pattaya: first the Tahitian Queen chrome pole den (Beach Road), then Scandi beer boozer, the infamous Sierra Tango joint the Blue House (Pattayaland Soi 1), Pussy Galore and Sugar Shack boozatoriums (also in Pattayaland Soi 1), Kitten Club and Legs ogling dens as well as the Shamrock boozer and nosh house (all in Pattayaland Soi 2). Regathering their collective strength, the troops began the move towards Walking Street with the first port of call being the Misty’s ogling den in Soi 15, then The Sea, Naughty Girls, and Carousel chrome pole palaces (all in Soi Diamond), New Living Dolls 1, Peppermint,
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Dollhouse, Living Dolls Showcase, and Champion (all on Walking Street proper) before finally arriving exhausted and thoroughly wasted at Tahitian Queen 2 in Soi BJ, off Walking Street. No wonder it’s called a ‘knee walk’. Just how many are left standing by the time they reach the last house of alcoholic refreshments is anybody’s guess, although most of the guys are true veterans at the Thai rotgut ingestion caper. And they all get a tshirt, just to prove they were there. No room in the rafters: Two very different entertainment venues, but the same result. I wandered into the Secrets lounge lizard libation room (Soi 14, off Walking Street) on a mid-week evening recently in the hour before the witches become bar-finable, and thought there must have been some kind of special event taking place. Although the joint wasn’t packed, it was busy and the vibe suggested a lot of booze had been consumed by a decent number of people out for a good time. I then trekked around to the Windmill den of dirty damsels (Soi Diamond) where it was difficult to find a vacant seat. Amazing to think about the vast difference in dress code, for the working ladies, between Secrets and Windmill, and yet both joints were enjoying strong patronage. On the warpath: In the middle of March the Hell Club double-dine and dash establishment (Soi LK Metro) was raided by well-informed peelers. After discovering all sorts of material normally associated with persons of regular and enthusiastic sexual ac-
tivity: enough condoms to start a rubber factory, toys designed to stimulate erogenous zones, and a number of domesticated animals, the Hell Club found itself closed forthwith. As of the start of April the place remained closed down (even though there were erroneous reports of it re-opening within a few days of the raid) and almost certainly if it does manage to re-open it won’t be called Hell Club. Then, at the start of April the Kinnaree Club Sierra Tango for the well-heeled operation (between Soi’s 4 and 5 on Pratamnak Road) was caught up in a raid apparently organised with the help of foreigners using marked bank notes. The owner and manager were carted off to explain themselves and probably cough up a substantial wad of moolah to help keep the wheels of justice nicely greased. Could it be the fact the ASEAN meeting was taking place in Pattaya, and thus the eyes of the world would be focussed on our little sleaze pit by the sea, that’s driving this illusion of a clean up? Is it just the usual crackdown that always seems to happen at the end of the high season? Or is it deeper than that? No matter what the reason or reasons, the sensible operators around town are being a little more circumspect, especially when it comes to the kind of presence they have on the Internet. Re-arranging the deckchairs: Soi LK Metro has had quite a couple of weeks with a number of places being subjected to raids and impromptu inspections by the plod. Included among the places of interest were the above-mentioned Hell Club as well as the Champagne ogling den and, somewhat surprisingly, the once-more revamped Ice “this week we are a coyote den” joint. When I walked past -I think it was the very night the peelers went about checking the area- there was not a soul inside Ice. It’s gone from a chrome pole emporium to a coyote den, back to a den of the long-boot shuffle before once more attempting to break into the coyote market. Sadly for its owners, the place just hasn’t made much of an impact. I can only imagine the inspecting peelers wandered past the very open bar and became suspicious at the extreme lack of
activity inside what is clearly a plush looking boozer. Perhaps they thought it was an unlicensed morgue. Their suspicions were unfounded: there really wasn’t anyone at home. A study in pricing contrasts: What makes one place charge twice as much for a libation without alcohol, and 20 percent more for a thirst-quencher designed to cause the liver some angst? This is the contrast between the Papagayo and Club Blu coyote dancing dens, the former in Soi Diana Inn and the other on the corner of Soi Buakhow and Soi LK Metro. Both are well worth visiting, with a collection of professional wallet emptiers who have moved through the ranks from beer boozer to ogling den and onto the coyote caper. The music in Club Blu is louder than Papagayo, giving the latter a more intimate lounge lizard room feel. Papagayo is also more subdued with regards to lighting; Club Blu looks like it could be converted into a lighting shop at the flick of a switch. To come back to my original question: why does Papagayo charge 120 baht for a liver waster compared to Club Blu’s 100 baht, and why does Papagayo sting a lolly water imbiber 70 baht compared to Club Blu’s 35 baht. I can only assume the popcorn supplied free to customers is a lot cheaper than the pretzels and peanuts handed out to punters in Papagayo. Fedora not required: Talking of pricing, the Goodfellas laid-back lounge above Soi Lucky Star in Walking Street (formerly the 19th Hole) is not as expensive as one might think. Plenty of attractive hostesses, all of whom I’m sure are willing to help you empty your wallet into their purse, a few pool tables, and possibly the plushest Thomas Crappers in Fun Town, complete with some great photos festooned about the walls. Ace in the F1 hole: The Ace Cafe, situated near the Hanuman statue at the bottom of Thappraya Road, is once more hosting what management call their ‘Somdtam Sunday’s’ along with reducing the price of many of their house libations: liver wasters at just 50 baht a glass and Thai rotgut at a mere 40 baht. All the Formula 1 races are shown on a big screen, so petrol-heads are more
than welcome and their Issan damsels can chow down on the north-east’s primary culinary export for free. The moveable bar feast: Along Second Road the overall numbers of beer boozers are down with the closure of the small clutch opposite the Central Festival shopping centre and the little group just up the road from the Diana Inn hotel. Total loss in terms of numbers would have been about 10 bars. The Made in Thailand beer bar complex (located up from Soi Skaw Beach) has expanded in terms of numbers of bars, but looks a tough place to make a baht, especially if you happen to be located in the depths of the setup. The Best Friend beer bar complex on Beach Road has
been around since Hugh Hefner was in short pants, and I sat at a front bar there early one evening and counted no more than 20 patrons in all the 17 bars. Over a period of an hour or so the numbers barely doubled. More girls wandered in to take up a position on a bar stool and practice their standard English phrases: “Welcome, sit down please”, “Where you go?” and the like. It’s funny watching how many don’t even bother to look up when they shout out. With rents at 30,000 baht per month per bar it’s not hard to see why the only person with a smile on his face is the Thai landlord. Piece of Pith: Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
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Pattaya Today’ s Brainy Fortnightly Crossword
by Mr Mick
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1. SHOW DISPLEASURE
(5) 1. LIGHT – HEARTED ACTIVITY
4. AT THE REAR
(6) 2. BEGINNING
(7) 3. REQUIRE
10. FILM – STAR MURPHY
(5) 5. TYPE OF AERIALS
11. NINTH GREEK LETTER
(4) 6. TOLERATED
12. IN THE MIDDLE
(7) 7. PROVOKE
(3) 8. RECEIVE STOLEN PROPERTY (5)
14. MARK OF DAMAGE
(4) 13. THREE – PRONGED SPEARS (8)
16. ENDURED SUCCESSFULLY
(4) 15. FASCINATED
18. STUPID PERSON
(3) 17. ESSEX – GIRL’S NAME
(7) 18. PROVERB
21. ANCESTRAL GROUP
(4) 19. BURIES
24. STYLE OF PRINTING TYPE
(5) 22. BEAST OF BURDEN
(7) 23. SMALLAMOUNT
26. SUN – WORSHIPPER
12 13 14
to 9. Solution on page 47.
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:
It’s betted to pass The bridge world is divided into overbidders and underbidders, but it’s a wise thing to consider each deal on its own merits. You hold ♠ Q 6 5 2, ♥ K 10 7 3 2, ♦ 8 4,
1. Fear Where 2. Song Seed 3. Fools Size 4. Man Line 5. Two Away 6. Twin Tee 7. Over Finder 8. Leap March 9. Stop Weight 10.Horse House
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Form a word from the Jumbled Letters
7 4 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.
♣ A 6 and hear your partner open the auction with a bid of one club. Against silent opposition, you reply with a natural one heart and your partrner rebids two clubs. The opponents pass, so what do you bid next? Some players of modest
1. SACK LEN 2. LEST ROB 3. BOTTY CO 4. CLUE DEX 5. NEAR FIR 6. SON LEEC 7. FAIL PUN 8. RAZE RIB 9. LED WIND 10.E LIVERS standard might be tempted to bid two spades on the grounds that you always have to show a four card major suit. But this is just plain daft. If partner himself had a four card spade suit, he would have bid that in preference to rebidding his five or six card club suit. Another problem with bidding two spades, a reverse, is that it would be forcing to game. Ouch! A bid of two hearts isn’t so clever either. It would sug-
Find the word which, when placed after the first word & before the second To solve the puzzle, each row, column and word, will form two more words. box must contain each of the numbers 1 Example Field....Trap Answer Mouse 2
Answers ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... gest better hearts than you have and arguably a stronger hand. A bid of two no trumps is definitely a gambler’s option as you have no diamond stop and your partner’s restricted bidding (one club, two clubs) suggest a hand of modest points in the potential dummy. The answer is simply to pass. It your partner can manage eight tricks in his club suit, be content with a part score and don’t be greedy.
Solution Issue 14 B
N B A
1. Rest Fall 2. Crow Gain 3. Fan Wind 4. Head Fill 5. Shot Powder 6. Leg Less 7. Kid Kin 8. Flap Knife 9. Black Fit 10.Free All
ANSWERS Rain Bar Tail Land Gun End Nap Jack Out Hold
ANSWERS 1. ANAS NAB 2. RUN CART 3. I C U NOSH 4. QUIT ACA 5. LOCK BED 6. KENT LAB 7. REST FUL 8. COAL TIP 9. FRIES US 10.ROW WIDE
BANANAS CURRANT CUSHION AQUATIC BLOCKED BLANKET FLUSTER OPTICAL FISSURE WIDOWER
g o u r m e t cor n e r
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Win a dinner for two with the food lovers
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A Songkran Special Quiz
We’re a giving a drinks party over Songkran and I would like to serve something other than the usual crisps, nuts and cheese chunks. A quick, easy recipe that impresses is my request – any ideas? Regards, Jane. Think you know your custard from your sabayon? Test your knowledge with our great food quiz with a chance to win a free dinner with The Food Lovers. 1. This seafood is low in fat, high in complex sugars and proteins, and loaded with zinc, a key ingredient to testosterone production and hence, sexual performance for both genders. A. Lobster B. Oysters C. Mussels 2. What are ‘angels on horseback’? C. Prunes wrapped in Prosciutto D. Oysters wrapped in bacon E. Prunes on melted cheese 3. Where was mayonnaise invented? C. American B. England E. France 4. What flavouring is used in the liqueur Amaretto? A. Almonds B. Blackcurrant
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Dear Jane, we think we’ve got just the thing. The following recipe is simplicity itself and always gets compliments. It also makes a delicious light lunch or super supper dish. TOMATO AND MOZARELLA TART (Serves 4) 375 grams. Packet ready-made puff pastry 300 grams Baby tomatoes 250 grams Mozzarella cheese sliced 4 tbsps Mustard 1 tbsp Milk 1 bunch Basil leaves Olive Oil Enough for drizzling Preheat oven to 230 degrees C.
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Roll out pastry to about 3mm thickness. Either lay the pastry onto a large lightly oiled baking tray or cut into individual servings. Press a fork decoratively around the edges. Spread the mustard over the pastry and then add a layer of sliced Mozzarella cheese. Brush the milk on the outside rim. Scatter some of the basil leaves over the cheese and place the tomatoes on top. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden. Scatter with more basil leaves before serving. Delicious as a starter, light lunch or with party drinks.
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“Buono, Buono, Buono”
by Mick and Di The Food Lovers A more stunning location for this new Italian restaurant would be hard to find. At lunchtime, seated on the spacious terrace, the clear blue waters sparkle and shimmer while the golden beach glistens in the sunshine. At night the nocturnal vista is a joy; a star spangled sky shines down on the midnight blue ocean and ozone breezes stroke the senses. There are many reasons to visit Rimini and not all of them about the setting. Come here to enjoy a casual glass of beer and pizza, a sip of wine and an antipasti or to delve into their a la carte menu. This not only features the traditional dishes beloved of all Italian food lovers but contemporary creations from Master Chef, Giovanni. All chefs are unique. Their idiosyncrasies, disciplines, training and history make them individual. Some understandably adhere to their carefully crafted menus and do not welcome any request to change it an iota. Others embrace amendments and will gladly transform a dish to suit their diner’s preferences. Such a chef is Giovanni. He is a five-star chef who believes creativity is stifled by repetition and urged us to let you know that his menu is a guide line only. He aspires to create a new dish every day and is open
to your suggestions in his quest for creative cuisine. He will visit your table, listen to your partialities and then suggest a dish from the fresh, seasonal produce in his kitchen. If fish is your passion he will present you with a salver of the catch of the day for your own personal selection. Fish is the speciality here and is supplied (weather permitting) on a daily basis from the best fish market in Jomtien; direct from the vast ocean on the restaurant’s doorstep! Rimini is open for breakfast and lunch (of which more later) but it was for dinner that Mick and I drove down Jomtien Beach Road to meet with Giovanni and enjoy his seafood cuisine. Jomtien is a foodie hotspot these days and is now extending further down the beach. This restaurant enjoys a huge al fresco terrace
complete with a pizza oven and an unusual centre-piece of a rattan model of Italy’s legendary Vespa scooter. There is also an air-conditioned dining room but it was such a beautiful, breezy evening Mick and I chose a table overlook-
ing the picturesque Jomtien Riviera. Giovanni is an enthusiastic fisherman himself and is very knowledgeable about the local fish of Thailand. His personal pescatore had just delivered a batch of bright eyed Trevally fish and he offered to create a
special dish for us using this little known species. For appetisers we placed ourselves in his capable hands and relaxed into our chairs and let the ozone invigorate us as we sipped a glass of the very acceptable house Sauvignon/ Chardonnay blanc from South Africa. Shortly after we were served a platter of pristine fresh tuna carpaccio. It had been sliced into “melt-in-the-mouth” gossamer 9-denier slivers and accompanied by a cucumber and celery salad; it was as near to perfect as is possible. Giovanni’s signature fish soup followed bursting with zany profound flavours
from the sea. Plump, sweet shrimp, fish fillet chunks, tender coral coloured mussels, curly squid, clams and octopus swam in a delicious Neapolitan jus. Crab filled ravioli followed and then the awaited Trevally fish. It arrived precision seared and resting on a bed of roasted Mediterranean vegetables bursting with flavour and (coincidentally) resplendent with the colours of the Italian flag. For dessert, a zingy lemon sorbet put the finishing touches to this excellent meal. At present Rimini is offering a set priced lunch for only B.375. This includes either lasagna or any pizza of your choice (excluding Parma ham), a glass of wine followed by their homemade Italian ice cream plus coffee or tea. The set menu in the evening is priced at B.630 and features a choice of appetiser: deep fried squid and shrimp with tartar sauce, steamed mussels with black pepper, penne Sorrentina or spaghetti with fresh clams. Main courses are either pork chop or pan fried crispy sea bass followed by a dessert of ice cream and accompanied by a glass of wine. Menus may vary so check with the restaurant. If you’re looking for great Italian food, at a reasonable price in wonderful surroundings then Rimini should be at the top of your list. Located on Jomtien Beach Road. (From Soi Chiyapruk it is approx. 1.5 kilometres.) Tel: (038) 233 209 or email: rimini1953@ yahoo.com.
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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-2208)Mobility Scooters -- Free test ride at your home! Portable mobility scooters, latest models. Full service from Thailand’s mobility scooter specialist. Call 081 875 0860 or 02 964 8405-07, www.ecobrand. net, email@example.com for prices and brochures. Contact us now for your free test ride at your home! (ptfas-b1408) For Sale – Bedroom Furniture. 3 piece ensemble – Euro Oak (white oak), purchased at Index. Bed & Mattress – Perfect Mate Queen Size – Excellent Condition - 8,000 baht, Wardrobe (closet) – mirrored doors, two drawers – Excellent Condition - 9,000 baht, Chest of Drawers – six drawers, minor scratches and dents – Fair Condition - 3,000 baht. Package deal - 18,000 baht for all three. Contact Bruce 086 159 9491 (ptfas-j1508)BBQ for Sale Import USA 3 Burner, oven, temperature gauge, cast iron plate and grill, stainless steel trolley, new in the box. Cost 28,000 will sell Baht 20,000, 081 376 1773 (ptfas-h1308)27 Danish books (thriller,novel), baht 650. 087 100 5726 (ptfas-h1308)122 movies on VHS (James Bond, shawshank Redemption and many other good movies)1500 baht, 087 100 5726 (ptfas-p2407) Cheap TV’s. 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 to Plasma’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.
(ptfaw-hp1308)Wanted........ 2nd Hand Lounge Furniture, sofa, chairs, TV stand, coffee table, wall units, must be in good condition, 084 105 4533 Thai, 087 901 5229 Eng
Pets and Vets
(ptfpv-gk1608)Animal Lover Needed to Take Care of Very Gentle Medium Size Dog occasional weekends and twice a year for one month. First time will be between the middle of May and the middle of June. Rates of pay to be agreed with you. Please telephone George on 038 251 794, or mobile 084 783 7098 (ptfpv-s1508)Wanted: American Pit-Bull Terrier Bitch. 1-3 years old. Phone: Sean 087 818 8445. (ptm-s0808)Top-Dog Hotel. Boarding facilities for dogs, cats, etc. Jomtien Beach. Call (English) 086 154 0377, (Thai) 085 042 8811
Boats for Sale
(ptbs-a1508)Jet Ski for Sale. Sea Doo RXP 2005. Color Green/Black at 270,000 baht (can negotiate). Tel. 087 617 9 115 (ptm-1108)Paddle on Lake Mabprachan on Your Own. 9-foot single-person canoe for only 2,000 baht. Paddle and life jacket included. Call Les at 087 136 5925
Boats & Marine Wanted
(ptfbw-k1508)Outboard Motors Second Hand 200 to 300 H.P. For export. No problem. Cash paid immediately. PH 086 006 8390.
(ptm-p0409)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call: 081 762 8379 (ptm-1808)Swimming Pool, Bar, Restaurant. Big garden. Pool table, mini gym. Owner two-bed accommodation. 1mil bt. spent on refurb. Must sell now due to ill health. Hence reduced now to 1.7 mil bt. Reasonable offer accepted. 5+5 years reasonable rent. English: 086 148 7705 Thai : 084 926 4627 (ptm-d1608)Warehouse for Lease. 480 sqm. Showroom/ warehouse for lease on Soi Chaiyapruk 2. 500 Meters from Sukhumvit. Finished to showroom standard with aircon office. 25,000 baht per month / min. 6 month lease. (Eng) David : 087 013 5770, (Thai) Khun Nuch: 038 252 201
Classified Leading English Magazine Publication FOR SALE in Pattaya. Leading English Magazine in Pattaya for 7 years now is up For Sale! Staff in place and very low cost production makes this an ideal business for the right person. Health conditions forces the owner to sell this profitable publication. Particulars of purchase price and details will be given to serious inquiries. Contact James at 081 000 8192 or Email : firstname.lastname@example.org (ptm-1408)Newly Built Double Corner Shop House in Busy Part of Town. Perfect for Restaurant, Guesthouse or Office with XL terrace. Reduced to 9.7 million baht or best offer for urgent sale. Financing possible. Tel. 081 290 7310 or 086 303 6661. (ptm-k0008)Shop House for Sale/Rent. New 2 storey shophouse units for sale/rent. Located in Soi Khaotalo 9 (corner with Soi Kao Noi). 2bed/2bath/ kitchen/large balcony, 100sqm living space ideal for home and any kind of business. no key money 10,000baht/month. Call 038 413 551 mob.087 132 5600. (ptm-s1508)Company for Sale. Just upgraded, 3 years old. 30,000 THB. email@example.com, 083 597 5892 A serious ‘hands on’ investor requires a 50% share in a running, successful, well renovated and maintained 15 - 25 room guesthouse/hotel in a good location. Up to date accounts must be available. All replies treated with complete confidence. Email to – firstname.lastname@example.org Two office spaces for rent located on the 4th floor of a low rise building along Sukhumvit Road, in between South and Central Pattaya, 20 meters after Spanish Condo. Both spaces have toilet, unfurnished. The first one is 36 sqm., price is only 7,200 baht per month and the other one is 64 sqm. and the price is only 12,800 baht per month (FOR LONG TERM LEASE ONLY). Accessible to public transportation. For viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Office Space for Rent in Pattaya Today Building, along Sukhumvit Road in between South and Central Pattaya, 20 meters after Spanish Condominium. 152 sqm. on the front side of the building, unfurnished. Perfect location for business, accessible to public transportation. Available to move in on the 1st of May 2009. Price is only 30,000 baht per month (FOR LONG TERM LEASE ONLY). For viewing and more information please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Two Shops are Available for Rent. Good business opportunity at the excellent locations, nearby hotel lobby area at Ocean Tower & Garden Wing in Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, North Pattaya. Please call for more information at 038 418 418 ext. 701 (Ms. Supanee, Executive office) or email: email@example.com We Sell Going Concerns! If You Want Expert Professional Advice on Buying or Selling a Business in Pattaya TSBA Have a large selection of businesses available. Call Craig 087 077 0475 www.tsba.info
Bar /Guest House – Located just off the busy Soi Buakhao .There are five rental rooms and a busy bar with pool table . Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: firstname.lastname@example.org Pizza – An opportunity to purchase Pattaya most successful pizza delivery business. This business has been running many years and has always shown great profits. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: email@example.com Beer Bar- Very busy bar located right in the heart of Pattaya this bar makes good profits all year round and has plenty of foot traffic. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: firstname.lastname@example.org Bar/Restaurant-This business is for sale for less than the purchase price of the fittings, this is a genuine bargain as owner has to return home urgently. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: email@example.com Beer Bar. Great Location of Soi Buakao. Many regulars easy operation, Pool table, 2 TV, UBC&Cable, 4 Rooms upstairs for rent plus 2 rooms for own use. All licences current 3 years lease. Rent : 20,000 Baht/ Month Bargain 1.4 MB. Please Contact : 038 374 623, 0811 580 065 Thai Living: Restaurant at Hotel venue Inn, in Jomtien. An opportunity too good to miss out on. The restaurant already have a large existing customer base from, mainly from Scandinavia and has a high turnover. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ thailiving.net/ www.thailiving.net Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 Hotel Units and Villas for Sale and Rent Back. Fantastic investment for speculators requiring security. Call Barry 089 933 3583 Bali-Style Shops on Siam Country Club Road. Surrounded by 1,000 Homes. For Rent or Sale by owner. Perfect for Mini mart, Pizza Delivery, cafe, coffee shop/bakery, bar, deli, restaurant or retail sales business. Large outside seating and sales area. Front unit rents for 42,000 Baht per month. Back unit rents for 18,000 Baht per month. Entire building rent is 50,000 Baht. Will sell on 83 square wah, corner plot directly on main road for 8 million baht. Financing available. Includes air cons, refrigeration, cooking extractor hood, counters, displays. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. (PRT0102) This Boutique Restaurant extends out over the ocean about 50m, now being offered at 88million, this Restaurant offer’s living quarters out on the pier for over night stays. A large home across the street could also be converted into a Boutique Hotel with Ocean views. To me, it is an honor to be a part of this transaction. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com
Vol. 8 No. 15 16 - 30 April 2009
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HOUSES FOR SALE
We as Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. have a lot of emergency sales. This is a buyers market and we have dozens of fire sales!!!!!! Millions under the price of the developers!!! Act quick. We have a re-sale in a new 5-star housing project in Jomtien! Stunning two level designed house on 120TLW with 4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms. Asking price 18 Million Baht, 4 Million under the developer price. We have for sale a stunning house in View Talay Villas! Asking price 12 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. 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 Phoenix Golf Course. 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 this.....you must do yourself the favor of making an appointment for a private viewing. Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Down-payment! Six year Mortgage! 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. We have a re-sale in Phu Tara! Stunning two level designed house on a Rai of land for 29 Million Baht. 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. 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. 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! 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! 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! 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. Beautifully Designed Bali Style home for 15.5 Million Baht! This very nice three bedroom home is in one of the finest villages in Pattaya for foreigners wishing to have a familiar and safe environment, make sure to see this fine home.
CONDOS FOR SALE
Offer of the Month, The Park Condominium, Developers Price 55,000 Baht/sqm, Selling Price 45,000 Baht/sqm, 117 sqm, Type A, Building 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. NORTHSHORE 112sqm FOR 11.5 Million Baht………..Very high floor ‘05’ unit in NORTSHORE for the LOWEST PRICE POSSIBLE! Investment opportunity! I have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for two years. Buy a steady monthly income! 53sqm for 3.2 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/Month guaranteed two year income and 83sqm for 4.8 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/Month guaranteed income! Together for 7.5 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/Month two year guaranteed rental return. The rent is paid every three months in advance. EMERGENCY SALE!!!!! Royal Cliff ‘D’ Building High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 20 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Special Promotion in La Royalé Condominium! We have several units far under the developers price, starting from 8 Million Baht 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. 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. Splendid investment opportunity! For sale Tip-Condo for 1 Million Baht. Steady rental-income of 13,000 Baht/Month. The best quality renovation money can buy is only one of the many features in this condo. Act quick we have the Top-Corner 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. We Have Several Very Nice Jomtien 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! View Talay 6 46 sqm beautifully renovated Studio apartment for only 2.1 Million Baht. Just a 50 meter walk to the beach. Panoramic views over the ocean and the Boulevard. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Vol. 8 No. 15 16- 30 April 2009
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Classified Business Opportunities
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 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: 850,000 baht. 0296/SLN – Bakery & Shop – Located in East Pattaya with low rent on the premises. The business specializes in the baking of meat and fruit pies and has built up an excellent reputation with the local bars and restaurants around Pattaya. Sale Price: 1.1 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 0297/SLN – Bar & Guesthouse – Single, three storey shop house located in Central Pattaya. On the ground floor is a busy bar with pool table. On the upper floors are 5 rental rooms. Rent only 30,000 baht per month with long lease & No Key Money. Sale Price: 2 million baht. 0298/SLN – Bar with Rooms – Single, four storey shop house, located in a busy ‘foot traffic’ area, just of Beach Road. On the ground floor is a bar with 5 rental rooms on the upper floors. The current rent is 20,000 baht permonth. Sale Price: 2 million baht. 0263/SLN – Hotel & Bar – 15 room hotel with ground floor bar and kitchen. Located in high ‘foot traffic’ area just off Beach Road, South Pattaya. On the upper floors are 15 rental rooms all with en suite bathroom, air-con and personal safety box. Rent only 60,000 per month and NO KEY MONEY. Sale Price: 2.3 million baht. 0286/SLN – Pool Lounge – Profitable business located in Central Pattaya with bar facilities. Currently playing in 3 local leagues. Sale Price: 2.5 million baht. 0284/SLN – Hostess Bar with Rooms - 3 storey, double shop house located in a busy Soi in the heart of the ‘nightlife‘ action. Ground floor bar recently refurbished. Rent 30,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 2.75 million baht 0291/SLN – Pub/Restaurant with Rooms – Located in East Pattaya. On the ground floor is a Pub and Restaurant with a large kitchen and seating capacity for 100 customers. On the upper floor there are 3 large rental rooms with separate entrance. Long lease and NO KEY MONEY. Sale Price: 2.9 million baht. 0304/SLN – Restaurant, Guesthouse & Motorcycle Rental Business – Located in a single three storey unit in a busy ‘foot traffic’ area of Central Pattaya. Long lease & No Key Money. On the ground floor is restaurant and kitchen with 6 rental rooms on the upper floors. Included in the sale is 25 motorcycles for rental. 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. 0270/SLN - Furniture & Interior Decor shop - Incorporating a retail shop, which also offers interior decor project design for clients. The sale price includes all the 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: 5 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. 0300/SLN – Bar – Restaurant & Guesthouse – Double, four storey shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Central Pattaya. On the ground floor is a bar and dining area with modern kitchen facilities. On the upper floors are 16 rental rooms. Included in the sale is a motor cycle rental business. No Key Money and rent is paid annually in advance. Sale Price 7.5 million. 0301/SLN – Bar & Guesthouse – Double,, three storey shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Central Pattaya. The bar on the ground floor is unique in appearance & décor. Viewing is highly essential. On the upper floors are 7 rental rooms. Rent 55,000 baht per month payable one year in advance and No Key Money. Sale Price: 7.5 million baht. 0293/SLN – Pub & Restaurant - Profitable Pub & Restaurant located on busy main road in East Pattaya with dining facilities for over 50 people.. On the upper floor is the kitchen and 3 bedrooms for employees or the new owner. Included in the sale price is the land and buildings held in a Company name. Sale Price: 12.75 million baht. 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. 0294/SLN – Go Go Bar – Extremely profitable business located in the centre of ‘Walking Street’. Good staff and excellent long lease in place with a fixed rental for the period of the lease. Sale Price: 16.5 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.
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(PRT0097) Restaurant in busy Soi Baukao. 600,000baht. Take over this well established restaurant, serving both Thai and European Foods. With no Key money involved. Equipment, inventory all inclusive. This is a very nice investment don’t miss out on this one. Buyer is very motivated. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Walking Street GO GO Bars. If you are a serious Investor Looking at Number 1 Go Go Bars, then you need to Call Us. I have listings on top GO GO Bars that are not for sale “But Are”. Investor must qualify for showings. Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com (PLB0102) Walking street 2nd floor bar. View of the ocean, the road below. Plenty of room to grow sale priced at 950,000 baht. Low upfront deposits of 500,000 with 60,000 baht a month for lease. Call today. Making your Business our Business-Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to firstname.lastname@example.org (PHG0123) Don’t take my word for it go to our web site for this once in a lifetime opportunity priced for a quick sale baht 12,500,000 this 5star classy restaurant with an all Stainless steel industrial kitchen that could be guesthouse& restaurant with lounge, very nice rooms upstairs, Dbl shop house Beach front, Views, Views, lease at 60,000 a month can buy the two shop houses next door. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com (PLB0099) Another Walking Street Bar Priced to sell 90% inside w/3 pool tables. Large stage for everyone to share entertainment 2,200,000 all deposits paid and included in price for the first 2.5 years Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (PLB0095) MAKE PAYMENTS: Very Famous GO GO Bar with 80 seats, 240 sqm, 4 rooms above this well designed floor plan, like nothing else on this very, very 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 makes this very busy and profitable bar”, even in low season”, to much work for him…... Buyer is very motivated. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com
(PLM0003) Massage parlor on the back side of Walking Street, 4 star curb appeal, “very, very nice with all new furnishing, updated, renovated, store front location for only 3.3mill. Owner is ready to deal because of recent breakup. Lease is only (6,000), six thousand baht a month. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Jomtien Shop houses 5 of them together with Sea Views priced at only 3.6 million each. When every one else has a price on theirs at 5million, that makes these five a steal, with great sea views. These would make a great Guest house or even a shopping centre with rooms above. Top floors have View of Bangsare. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com. (PSH0108) Shop House in the busiest area of 2nd road, 36millon baht. Looking for a new owner to open a bar and restaurant with guest house. The building is for sale with chanold title. Owner will take everything with him making it easy to renovate at the same time lowers out of pocket expenses. Investors dream. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Koh Samui Resort. One of the world’s most Famous Islands now has a Prestigious Hotel available, at 50million baht for your spot in Paradise. With only five staff members 18 rooms and two retail stores makes it easy to manage All rooms have a 5 star quality, with Tv’s, fridge, Bar A/C. Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com Koh Chang Resort. Guys it doesn’t get any better than this. Own a piece of the Rock. To many facilities to list, owner wants to move to Northern Thailand. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (PHG0017) Guesthouse in an extremely busy location priced to sell at 25 million. This successful business has 4 floors and 14 furnished rooms in a very high demand location. You could have the number one business of any kind with this location. Internet, motorcycle rental bar, restaurant, or retail this is an immediate high volume business for you, call today. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com (PHG0127) Soi Boukhao single shop house. Five rooms completely furnished. Main Floor waiting for your ideas and marketing strategy. Priced at 6.5million, building included with title/deed. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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(PLD0537) Land on Suhkumvit Road, Pattaya area. Great exposure for your business. 2 plus rai with a building. Building must be removed. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com (PFO0001).Deluxe East Pattaya Factory. Two New factory buildings on 6.5 rai, interior has over 3000sqm. Both buildings already leased out for 400,000 thousand baht a month or can relocate. Two story apartment building for staff, a home for owners with swimming pool. Each Factory has luxury rooms on top floor for Managers. Making your Business our Business. Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (PHG0124) 600.000 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. Complement your business with Motorcycles and you have a winner. Add a 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 down. Making your Business our BusinessPremier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th (PHG0122) Jomtien walking Street- the best location in Jomtien can be your new business location where your clients can walk to the beach without crossing the road Great beach front views 5rooms with lounge 24million baht and you own the building too. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com (PHG0113) Want a Fabulous Luxury Hotel, restaurant for only 390 million, “act quickly!”. Great location, Two Go GO Bars & restaurant with spa facilities, not too mention one of the best locations in all Pattaya. Rooms are exceptionally equipped and furnished in a very impressive style with great imagination. Call soon this will not last. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
(PLB0097) East Pattaya guesthouse and bar & restaurant on very busy road just needs someone that understands marketing. email@example.com (PHG0033) This Hotel on Jomtien Beach is being sold under the utmost confidentiality, at 250million baht. Panoramic Sea views on all upper floors. Everything is Brand New yet, you will still enjoy immediate income from long standing client base. Fifty five rooms with Penthouse on top floor for owners or for rent. Forty Seven Staff members help you with your everyday needs. Beach front location, in the busiest area of Jomtien. In the heart of the night life. This is an excellent location for business. You want traffic check this place out. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Shop houses commercial store fronts for best pricing. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com Investors wanted for Commercial Real Estate Ventures. Major Investments over 50million, see what the Public can’t see. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (PLB0103) Pattaya, just off Beach Front rd, with 3 sides covered it could be enclosed very easily. Great potential, for this very large bar. Over 80 seats, very large bar area with a very large stage for a live band “closed now”, needs some repairs but, for 550,000 priced way under market value 200,000 deposit 25,000 a month. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com (PLB0092) 10,000 a month on this new Contract. 1,650,000, this is a giveaway at this price. This single shop house bar in a very busy soi off Jomtien beach road you won’t find a deal like this again. The owner has been there making money for the last four years, said he made a lot of money so he can sell for whatever he wants…Let someone else “ have fun”, that is what he said. Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th
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(PSH009) 10,000 baht. a month for this vacant shop house with Views. Needs lots of work in this hallow shell, but with beach views like this… And the price” My goodness!” it is a steal..! walk to the beach in 2 seconds. Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com (PHG0126) Beer Bar & Guest House With Two balconies overlooking the bar. Pool table disc jockey both. Flat screen TV, Large Kitchen that isn’t being used 27sqm . Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
(PHG0117) Very nice Dbl shop house Restaurant, 9rm Guest house w/pool table, 2nd one in on the sub soi with front road coverage. Perfect guesthouse for only 9.5mil @ 15,000 a month. Over 1.5 mill in profit without advertising. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com (PHG0116) Five story Double shop house with 10rooms. 22million, “building included”. Very nice restaurant and bar. Over 2.5mil a year in profit. Some financing maybe available Owner ready to retire. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Classified (PHG0110) Shop House Jomtien Complex. Lower retail store already rented out which creates a positive cash flow for this 4 story building. At 5.2 million it is a steal. The owner has moved to Bangkok. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com (PHG0102) 80 room Resort between Jomtien and Pattaya. 150,000,000 Make an offer, Plenty of room to make this a 5 star. Needs good management that knows what to do with this gem. Owner wants fast sale. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (PHG0107) 150million very private Resort style Spa with Theme park swimming pool. Very large ponds, bridges and Gazebos. Four two bedroom guest homes. Separate building with Theatre, Conference room, Fitness Center. Also included is very large 2 story home. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com
(PRT0098) Get a Pizza this. Pizza parlor with support. Long proven track record @ 2.5 million baht or can finance a new location. Your choice! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Investors wanted for projects over 100 million baht. If you are one of the few,and looking for real estate ventures, or an on going concerns, call now and find out what is really on the market. All Gold member investors must provide financial statement before viewing, “Non Public listings”. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com
Education & Training
(pta-tk0008)Do you Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. We speak Thai, English, German & Duetsch. (ptm-j1508)Spanish Translations and Interpretation. Spanish native speaker offers translation and interpretation services. Websites, contracts, official letters, manuals etc. Both for private companies and official institutions. Thai translations also offered. Call 087 047 0590 or email: Spanish_Consultant@yahoo.es Learn to Speak, Write and Read Thai ?!! Learn to understand what people are saying around you !! With a professional and experienced Thai teacher. Contact 081 466 7478, 080 635 1769 (pta-0406)TEFL Intercontinental, we are specialist in teacher training, a full 120 hours TEFL certificate course, we offer Guaranteed job & Work permit, Earn 36,000 Baht while you practice teaching for 2 Months. Please contact us at: 086 841 5976 or 038 406 640
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(pta-0406) Foreign Ladies: Speak and write ‘Beautiful English’ in the comfort of your own home or office, at your own speed, learning the social or business English you need. Training from English professor now retiring to Pattaya. Tel: 081 838 8163 for first discussion Pro Language we offer a variety of effective and enjoyable language courses. English, Japanese, German, Russian, French, Spanish and Thai course. For foreigner from beginner to advance including a preparation for the Grade 6 examination by ministry of education. 3 year ED Visa for full time students. Please call for Free Trial Lesson. Opposite Carrefour, Central Pattaya Rd. Tel. 038-489-225-7 Fax. 038-489 -228 www.prolanguage.co.th PROGRESS Language & Computer School: (Licensed by the Ministry of Education) Thai (1-5 Year ED (Student) Visa Available-Speak Thai confidently in 60 hours)-English (General and Business Conversation-Grammar-IELTS Test)Dutch (Inburgerings Examen)German (Start Deutsch 1-A1 Test)-French-Italian-SpanishRussian-Chinese-JapaneseKorean-Computer: Free Trial Thai and English Lessons 1 hour-Translation & Certification of all documents: North Pattaya Road (Soi almost opposite bus station to Bangkok) (Next to Lukdod shop) Tel. 081 577 2967, 038 370 263 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
House for Sale
(ptm-c0408)Bargain Opportunity. Luxury Bungalow Completed January 2007. Good location, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished,
Euro kitchen, aircon, etc. 24 hours security. Cost 4 million baht will sell for 3 million baht. Parking several cars. Tel. Thai 089 669 1507, Tel. English 085 934 5411 (ptm-d1508)Brand New Single House in Ponthep Garden Villa 5. Soi Crocodile farm (ready to move in) 2 bedroom 2 bathroom .56 Sqw of land (224 Sqm) 127 sqm living area. unfurnished without air cons. It has a nice garden with swiming pool view. price below the official price almost 300,000 baht .Sales price for 1,690,000 baht. Please call Khun Dao 085 286 4488 (ptm-e1508) This Truly is a Lovely, Extremely Well Finished Modern Tropical Bali Style Home. Nagawari development just minutes away from main Sukhumvit Road also area close to Jomtien Beach. This executive home features two spacious bedrooms, all ensuite, EuroepanKitchen, a private pool,sala, garden and much more...nagawari is one of the most luxurious estates in Pataya with very tastefully designed and built homes with private pools, close proximity to the beach. Nagawari (house 140 Sq.m - land 77 Sq.Wa) Single storey house. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, dining area, European kitchen, tiled floors, private pool, garden and sala.furnished and decorated, 4 airconditioners,hot water, UBC TV, Phoneline and ADSL Hispeed internet. not far from Jomtien beach and sukumvit RD, 24hr security. For rent long term 1 year. 50,000 Bath per month. Sale 7.5 M. Contact English: 085 120 1414, Thai : 081 899 1910, for more pictures please click link http://www.flickr. com/photos/35057008@N03/
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(ptm-k0008)Shop House for Sale/Rent. New 2 storey shophouse units for sale/ rent. Located in Soi Khaotalo 9 (corner with Soi Kao Noi). 2bed/2bath/kitchen/large balcony, 100sqm living space ideal for home and any kind of business. no key money 10,000baht/ month. Call 038 413 551 mob.087 132 5600. (ptm-1608)New Bungalow 48 TW, Good Location Close by Tesco South, Just 2.1M Baht. Euro build quality, superblock, granite tiles, stainless faucets, granite counter tops, very nice must see. Pictures at www.thisthaihouse.com. Maew 081 942 8680 (Thai) or Keith 084 352 2594 (English) (ptm-a1508) Bungalow with Staff/Guest Annex; 4 beds, 190 & 63 sq.m., 3/4 rai. Mapbrachan. Facebook andrewgjhoward@ yahoo.com ‘nearlyskint’ offers near 6.5m. 084 958 6569 (ptm-d1408)Mabprachan Gardens, representative properties in top Expat location for business on the Eastern Seaboard. Sale and Lease. Call 081 636 9289, www.chev-dev.net, agents welcome Soi Siam Country Club House for Sale. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished with European kitchen, UBC, cable TV. Includes double oven gas cooker and imported furniture from England. 50 sq. wah. 2.5 mil. baht including transfer fee. Payment Negotiable. Call 086 323 3523, 087 134 9669 Great Value “Quick Sale” Stunning Family Bungalow Next To New Golf Course. 9.8 mil negotiable. Very spacious with private swimming pool in large well kept garden. 3 beds, 3 baths and large lounge. Soi Siam Country Club (only 10 mins from Central Pattaya). Quality furnished throughout, European kitchen, high security alarm and electric gate. Don’t miss this one!!! 215 TLW. Call 089 607 9850
THAIHUS: New 2 storeys house with sea view, 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms, close to Hua Hin city, ready to move in, Price start from 6.5 Million THB. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. We Speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, English and Thai. THAIHUS : New 1 storey house In Hua Hin 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, Ready to move in, Price start from 4.2 Million THB. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. We Speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, English and Thai. Stunning Townhouse for Sale in a Famous Village in Soi TanNon. Only 4.8 Million Baht, 25 sq. wah under Thai Name. Have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 w/ jacuzzi) have heater, fully furnished, a very nice living room, dining room, have Euro Kitchen, 4 aircons, 2 balconies, swimming pool, small garden, 2 parking space, playground, maid room, underwater tank, ADSL, Cable, Direct telephone line, 24 hr security, w/ alarm system, maintenance paid already. For viewing and more information please call us: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. For Quick Sale! Only 11 Million Baht. A spacious and well furnished 90 sq. wah house. Have 3 bedrooms, living room. European kitchen, private pool. Located in Soi Kao Talo, only 10 minutes drive from Lotus South Pattaya. For viewing, please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. A Captivating Townhouse is now for Sale for only 5 Million Baht. Located at 378/69 Moo12 Nongprue, Banglamung Chonburi 20260, 20 meters from Royal Cliff Hotel and opposite of Royal Cliff Sports Club. 82 sqm land size, 200 sqm living area w/ garage and balconies. Have 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master w/ jacuzzi), quality fitted Euro Kitchen, amazing wardrobes and other built-in furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table and equipped with alarm system. For viewing and more details please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.
Truly 25% discount OFF the original price. Magnificent and Fabulous Beach Side Living at a very low price. You can design and build your own house on the remaining plots. Hurry there are only 10 remaining plots left. Plots range from 520 sqm to 680 sqm. Price starts at 7 Million Baht. Call now at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Gorgeous Houses for Sale and Investment. Absolutely all brand new houses, in a modern high quality and extremely nice tropical villa project. With underground cables, private pool, furnished. Located in Naklua Area. Only a few minutes away from Pattaya, very convenient, no hassle on driving around the city. Accessible to public transportations. Ready to move in. Price starts from 13 Million Baht. To view, please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Fascinating House for Sale at Chateau Dale Village, Thappraya Rd. 496 sq. m, have 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, garden, car park and a private swimming pool. A haven that is so peaceful. Price is only 17.5 Million Baht. For viewing and more information, please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. For Quick Sale!!! A 2-storey Brand New House at Banglamung in Soi Water Office. Only 1.5 Km. from Sukhumvit Rd. 250 Talang Wah. Have 5 rooms, kitchen, living room, 3 bathrooms, (1 w/ jacuzzi), with built-in thick wooden furniture, garden, parking space. Now price is only 9.5 Million Baht. For details and viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. The Best Low Price Ever. A 3-storey Spectacular Designer Townhouse located near the Royal Cliff Hotel. Have 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with jacuzzi). Top of the line European Kitchen. Fitted with amazing wardrobes and other built-in furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table. Equipped
with alarm system. Only 5 Million Baht. Great Offer! This townhouse + a nicely decorated studio unit in Khieng Talay, both for only 6.5 Million Baht. Call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. HS0826: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms bungalow available in east Pattaya inclusive of tenant. Ideal for the investor!! 2.1 million Only!! Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org HS1208: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathroom detached house located in east Pattaya. Inclusive of European kitchen and furniture! Dramatic price drop from 4 million to 3 million!! Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: email@example.com HS1239: Just come available 3 bedroom villa located close to Siam country club inclusive of full furniture & company, price dropped from 4.2 to 3 million!! This property has to move fast. Call us 08-47808457 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org HS1244: Another bargain to be had, 3 bedroom 220sqm villa located in SP3 Village in east Pattaya. Very nice tropical garden and tastefully decorated interior. The owner has had the property from new and only stays 2 months of the year!! Call us 08-47808457 or by Email: email@example.com Hot Property!!!! House at Jomtien location 210 Sq.Wah Two storey,3 Bedrooms,4 Bathrooms, European kitchen, large living room, Built in furniture, Full Air con ,Hot water, Large private swimming pool, Parking car, Hot Price at 7,500,000 Baht Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303 825-6 or 086-3134841 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org Thai Living: Pattaya Hill 2, Soi Khoa Noi. Prime location residence, 1 storey with 63 sq.wah of land, fully furnished, 2 bed / 2 bath. 3 M Baht. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ email@example.com / www.thailiving.net
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Thai Living: House for sale at Ruen Pisa, Beautiful Village .1 storey house, 55.70 sq.wah. 2bed / 2bath. 2.95 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www.thailiving.net In Central Pattaya. 10 room house and three room house in small compound. Behind Carrefour. Near Third Road. Perfect for Bed & Breakfast or private home. Only nine million baht. Financing Available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail email@example.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. We as Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. have a lot of emergency sales. This is a buyers market and we have dozens of fire sales!!!!!! Millions under the price of the developers!!! Act quick. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have a re-sale in a new 5-star housing project in Jomtien! Stunning two level designed house on 120TLW with 4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms. Asking price 18 Million Baht, 4 Million under the developer price. Call Jan for more information 087 021 7014 We have for sale a stunning house in View Talay Villas! Asking price 12 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) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
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 Phoenix Golf Course. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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 this.....you must do yourself the favor of making an appointment for a private viewing. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Downpayment! Six year Mortgage! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR2587)
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We have a re-sale in Phu Tara! Stunning two level designed house on a Rai of land for 29 Million Baht. Call Jan for more information 087 021 7014 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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) 231931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Beautifully Designed Bali Style home for 15.5 Million Baht! This very nice three bedroom home is in one of the finest villages in Pattaya for foreigners wishing to have a familiar and safe environment, make sure to see this fine home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5-star development for 14 Million Baht. This stunning house is located 200 meters from the beach and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 280 m2 living space on 400m2 land. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have several Owner Finance opportunities! We have houses available with Owner Finance. For more information about the finance call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Want a Fabulous Home in Paradise Villa? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Great home layouts and designs in these spectacular and modern homes at Pattaya’s ‘Number One’ development. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
Beautiful Regent Village four Bedroom, five bathroom Home For Sale at 14 Million Baht! Absolutely stunning interior design. This five bedroom plus home is a must see. Fantastic fully equipped European kitchen and you will love the wonderful landscaping and finishing work, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR2685) We have houses for sale in the range of 3-130 Million Baht!! We have by far the most listings……examples are houses in Siam Royal View, Paradise Villa 1 and 2, Nagawari, Thabali, Park Villas, View Talay Villas, Little Hill, Phu Tara, etc, etc. We are known for the best listings and the best prices. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
House for Rent
(ptm-n1608)A Beautiful House for Rent at Jomtien Chaiyapruk Rd. Soi 3. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished, Euro-kitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 33,000 baht/ month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n1608)A Beautiful New Townhouse for Rent: On Pratumnak Rd. Soi 5. 2 & 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, communal pool. Starts from 25,000 baht/month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-no1908)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 (ptm-g1608)Brand New 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom House to Rent in Jomtien. 800 Metres to beach. Close to communal swimming pool. New quality furniture, UBC , Internet, Euro Kitchen. 25,000 Bath/ month including free automatic motorcycle. Phone 081 866 7049 Khun Tongsa (ptm-c1608) 3 Bedroomed Detached Bungalow. Third bedroom currently office: Near junction Naklua 14/16. Wongamat Beach. Fully furnished. Long lease THB 15,000 per month. To view: 086 168 5792 (ptm-d1508)Na Jomtien New Shophouse Opposite the Beach. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, aircons, internet, electric lock-up garage, 4 levels plus roof top terrace with spectacular seaviews. Fully furnished 18,000 baht per month. Call 089 646 7391
(ptm-1608)Na Jomtien New Shophouse Opposite the Beach. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, aircons, internet, electric lock up garage, 4 levels plus rooftop, terrace with spectacular sea views, fully furnished. 18,000 baht per month. Call 089 646 7391 (ptfhr-ta0008) Furnished Townhouse for Rent. Located at Soi Khao Noi. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Only 5,000 baht per, month. Call 080 646 5322 (pta-silk0508) Two Houses Available are Plot 30 Blackpepper. 134sq wah, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, with swimming pool for 90,000 baht per month. Long term rental only(minimum 1 year). The other house is plot 34 chilli, 103 sq wah, 3 bed, 3bath, no pool for 65,000 baht. Long term rental only. Both houses are fully furnished. If you need any more information please contact 081 612 7222, e-mail:email@example.com Beautiful Detached Villa Quiet Area, South Pattaya. 4/5 bed, maids quarters. Hi speed internet. Fully furnished garden & 2 Car park. 35,000 Baht P.M. Office: 038 374 623. Eng: 081 158 0065 www.pattayaoceanproperty.com, E-mail : info@ pattayaoceanproperty.com 2 Bed room House East Pattaya- Air conditioned, Furnished, Car park, Garden , Quiet Location off soi. Khaonoi 17,000 baht PM. Office: 038 374 623, Eng: 0811 580 065 www. pattayaoceanproperty.com, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Luxury House- Pratumnuk 2 bed, 2 bath, Fully Furnished. Beautiful Swimming pool. Internet, Car park, A/C washing M/C. security 60,000 P.M. Office: 038 374 623 Eng: 0811 580 065 www.pattayaoceanproperty.com, E-mail:info@ pattayaoceanproperty.com Pratamnuk Town-House 2 bedroom, 2 mins. to Dongtan Beach Modern Furniture and Fittings . Internet Connection, 40,000 baht P.M. Office: 038 374 623 Eng: 081 158 0065 www.Pattayaoceanproperty. com, E-mail:email@example.com Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, Jomtien beach. Single storey house with 85 sq.wah. Fully furnished, taxi route, 3b/4b. 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/info@ thailiving.net/ www.thailiving.net Thai Living: View Talay Villas, Jomtien Beach. Well maintained village, fully furnished, nice residence, fully facility, 3b /4b, a few minutes to Beach and Central of pattaya. 50,000 THB/M. (Short term available) For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thailiving. net / www.thailiving.net
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Thai Living: Silk Road Pattaya, Prime location residence, 3b /2b, living area 173, land area 70 sq.wah.Partly furniture, Euro kitchen, 45,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill, 2-3 bedrooms, 3 storey house. fully furnished, Euro Kitchen, Rent start from 25,000 - 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / email@example.com / www. thailiving.net HRAD1: 3 bed house with private pool in Jomtien, close to beach, all modern furniture included, internet and satellite 35,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org HR1117: East Pattaya 2 storey villa, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, fully furnished and ready to move in with the reduced price of 20,000 per mth. A very big house for a little bit of money!! Call for more info 08-494 42541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR0525: Just come available once again at a reduced price!! 2 storey, 3 beds, 3 baths, fully furnished and ready to go with internet available. 30,000P/M Call for more info 038373966or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1141: Just come available this 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom bungalow located in Greenfield villas 1, modern furniture, ADSL and private swimming pool!! Priced at 65,000 p/m Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: email@example.com HR1138: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom bungalow located in SP5 Village Comes fully furnished with euro kitchen and a/c and inclusive of ADSL! New house just 35,000 p/m Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org HR1072: Spacious house for rent (250 Sqm) on SP Village, tastefully decorated, 3 beds, ADSL connected and private swimming pool only 35,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-478 08457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com
HRPN: Several small 2 bedroom townhouses located in Pratamnak. Inclusive of furniture, ADSL, UBC, Communal swimming pool and very close to the beach of Pratamnak. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: email@example.com HR1144: 2 bedroom villa with a interior size of 120sqm has just come vacant and is located in east Pattaya not to far from the local supermarkets. A bargain price at only 18,000Bht Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3761)
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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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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) 231931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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 enormous-pool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3700) House for rent sirinda village on Sukhumvit rd End of Pattaya close Pattaya Floatingmarket area 66 sqm. 5 min. to jomtien beach 10 min. from Lotus south pattaya 2 storey, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths water heaters, 3 A/C water pump & tank Only 8,500 B/month Please call ning 081350-2111, 084-362-7174
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(ptm-s1408)Apartment for Sale : 45-Rooms + 1 Big House Big pond in the middle 917 t.wah Sukhumvit Soi 87, only 600m from Sukhumvit Rd Income of 100,000 BHT/month Selling for 15 million. Call 081 244 6970
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(ptm-2407)Carina Mansion. Large fully furnished apartment. 48 sq.m., swimming pool, cable TV, aircon, fridge, sofa, king size bed, wardrobe, kitchen and large bathroom with hot shower. All rooms high speed internet enabled. 500 baht daily and 6,000 baht per month. Best value in town!! www.carinaapartment.com. Contact 081 829 2285 (English), 081 311 7856 (Thai) (ptm-0309)Royal Park Luxury Serviced Apartments, Jomtien 56-70sqm luxury furnished, one bedroom, large living area with balcony and kitchen, Free wireless internet, Cable TV in every apartment. Enjoy our rooftop swimming pool from 16,000 per month, call 086 111 7414 or check out our website : www.royalparkjomtien.com (ptm-w1408)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-s1408)Apartment for Rent: Fully furnished at Sukhumvit Soi 87, only 600m from Sukhumvit Rd Free cable+wi-fi Rent: 3,000/month Call 081 244 6970 (ptm-h1508)Jomtien Beautiful 3 room, 2 bathroom apartment (76 sq m). Air con + fully furnished. 14,000 p/m long term. 087 100 5726
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2 Big Balconies, Sea Views, 46 Sq. M. Corner Condo, High Floor, Just Been Refurbished to Very High Standards. Euro kitchen, marble floors, fully furnished, big screen LCD TV, fridge freezer, etc. Just 500 meters to Jomtien Beach. Fantastic Bargain, Only 1.5 million baht. (In Foreign Name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Khiang Talay, 15th Floor, 42 Sq. M. Studio, Fantastic Sea Views and Koh Larn Island. Fully furnished, re-tiled floor, etc. A very popular condominium in a very nice area. Close to the beach. Only 1.8 million baht. (In Foreign Name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: email@example.com Hot Sale, Be Quick! Pratumnak Jomtien Soi 5, 300 Meters from One of Jomtien’s Best Beaches, 32 sq.m. corner, 4th floor, big balcony for sea views, in need of renovation, very cheap price in a very good area. Only 690,000 baht (In Foreign Name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cozy Beach Pratumnak Jomtien, 200 Meters from Beach, Two 38 sq.m. Studios, side by side. 6th and 8th floor with sea views in need of renovation. Make 76 sq.m. or sell separate. Excellent opportunity investment in one of the best areas. Only 990,000 baht each. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@ pacpattaya.com Stunning 84 sq.m. 2 Balcony Sea View, 12th Floor. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 showerooms, separate Euro kitchen, 2 AC’s, beautiful Mahogany furniture, marble floors and walls. Loads of money spent, this is a must see in the very popular Khiang Talay, 200 meters Jomtien Beach. Only 3.9 mil. baht (in Foreign name). Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: email@example.com Rare Opportunity 1 of Only a Few, 6th Floor (Top Floor) in Majestic Jomtien, 61 sq.m. 1 bedroom with large balcony and en-suite, 1 living room with very large picture windows for excellent Jomtien views. Euro kitchen with breakfast bar. 2 TVs, fully furnished, A/C. This is an original room from new (not converted). Good price, only 1.8 mil. baht (in Foreign name). Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Residence Jomtien New 52 sq.m. 5th Floor Studio, 800 meters from beach. Euro kitchen, quality furniture, big balcony, huge swimming pool, fitness centre, brand new building. Well under developer’s price, only 2.8 mil. baht. In foreign name. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: email@example.com Majestic Jomtien 30 sq.m. 1st and 4th floor Studios, empty rooms over looking swimming pool. 800 meters from beach. In foreign names. Good price only 690,000 baht. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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, LCD TV, DVD. Now only 1.5 mil. baht. Freehold or rent 15,000 baht per month. This condominium will be repainted and refurbished this year with new swimming pool and lobby, therefore prices will rise. Good investment. (In foreigner’s name). Part exchanges considered and stage payments available. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: email@example.com Angket Jomtien, Two 8th Floor Studios, 38 sq. m with lovely sea views, just been renovated to high standard, with marble floors, quality kitchen, matching furniture. Everything new. Really must be viewed. Real Bargain of the month. Only 1.3 mil. each. In Foreign Names. Freehold or rent 12,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Thiantong Condominium Located on Jomtien Beach Road Just Inside Soi 7, 32 sqm studio, 16th floor (top floor). Fantastic views of the beach front and the
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(ptm-j1408)View Talay 1 & 2 Studios. Finance option available. 087 803 3329 (ptm-j1508)Finance Available. I am selling 3 nice condos in View Talays. From only 850,000 baht down & the rest over 5 years. Call 087 803 3329 (ptm-g1208) Sale View Talay Condo Project 5. Located on Jomtien Dongtan beach on fl. 21(top), very wonderful sea view and greenery view. 55 sqm. luxury fully fitting furnished. 100% perfect condition. Elegant design & very nice decoration, Beautiful guarantee! Luxury Cozy breezy & newly. 3.19 mil. by owner (foreigner name) 081 933 2240, pitipity@ hotmail.com. See pictures as vedio virtual tour www.chosenmarketing.com/viewtalay (ptm-L2108)Northshore Beachfront Condominium, 1 Bedroom , 1 Bath, #2101, 21st Floor, Overlooking Pool and Beach, Facing Walking St., 64 Sq. Mtrs, Fully Luxury Furnished, New Washing Machine,100% Equipped, Soi 5 and Beach Rd., 7.9 million baht FOREIGN NAME. (Will consider term payments up to 8 months) Realtors Welcome! Gary 089 544 0634. (ptm-L2108)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 10 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street (Units are unfinished shells with electric outlets; bathroom completely finished with tile floor, tile walls, shower, sink, toilet, granite counter tops, lights, etc.). Units available 1804, 1805 and 1806 (18th floor; all 3 side by side); 1906 (19th floor), 2005 (20th floor), 2104 (21st floor), 2205 and 2206 (22nd floor; both side by side). Purchase Option One: Cash 3.0 Million to 3.2 Million Baht Each. Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 600,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 600,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome!
islands. Fully furnished, kitchen, A/C. Ideal for taxi route, bars etc. Good letting potential. Only 1,390,000 baht. Freehold (in Foreign name). Be quick!! Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: email@example.com Majestic Jomtien 600 meters from Beach. 60 sqm, 4th floor, 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 bathroom, kitchen, 2 balcony, fully furnished and renovated. Overlooking swimming pool. Very good price. Only 1.6 mil. Baht. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@ pacpattaya.com Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fridge, microwave, washing machine, now include LCD TV, DVD, pictures and plants… Fantastic bargain. Only 1,350,000 mil. baht. Freehold or rent 12,000 baht per month. In Foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Jomtien Beach, 18th Floor (Top Floor), 39 sq.m. Spectacular scenic views from big balcony, refurbished and furnished with new A/C. Only 1.5 mil. baht (in Foreigner’s name). Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: email@example.com (ptm-g1508)Baan Suan Lalana, 42 sq mtr Condo, 5th (Top) floor, balcony, nice view, kitchen, fridge, air con, great complex, 2 pools, mini–mart, tennis, security. 990,000 Baht. Tel.: 084 105 4533 Thai, 087 901 5229 Eng. (ptm-h1508)Jomtien Beautiful 3 room, 2 bathroom apartment (76 sq m). Air con + fully furnished. 2.4 million baht. 087 100 5726
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(ptcs-0008) Sale 1,500,000 Baht, Rent 1,000 per night, 5000 per week, 15,000 per month high season. 10,000 baht per month on 1 year contract. Marble Condo with stunning sea view, on 5th floor, fully furnished, in foreign name. 350 meters from sea in quiet, safe coastal village, Baan Amphur, south of Pattaya off Sukhumvit road on the way to Sattahip. Wonderful weekend hideaway next to Ocean Marina harbor, near Phoenix Golf course and Pattaya airpark. Welcome to come see. Free rent for up to two weeks if you decide to buy. This is our residence as well, and we would be pleased to show you the neighborhood. Call me, Lela, at 66 (0) 86-984-9700, or e-mail email@example.com (pta-dec0008)Penthouse 720 sqm with a Spectacular Front Sea View. 300 meters from the beach, 5 minutes away from Walking Street. In the best location of Pratamnak Hill. This residence is a 360° unblocked sea view, with a golf and Buddha Hill. Large terrace (240 sqm) with huge Jacuzzi. New modern design concept, 4 beds/ baths + maid room. Any room have terrace. Euro style kitchen, living 118 sqm. Fully furnished at high standard. Price exceptional at 50,000 baht/sqm. Tel. for information or a visit 081 863 1076. Stylish Condo for Sale at Keang Talay (near Cozy Beach) 40 sqm on 5th flr (have mountain view). Good size kitchen and bathroom. Totally renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Now for only 1.25 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. A Very Nice Condo for Sale. Located at the 3rd flr. of Bangsaray Condominium. Totally renovated and has 2 bedrooms. Price is only 4.2 Million Baht. For more viewing and more information please call us : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.
For Quick Sale! Condo for only 3 Million Baht. Located at Wong Amart Beach. Luxurious Studio, 53 sqm at high floor, fully furnished with built-in furniture. For viewing please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. An Amazing Panoramic view in Baan-Am-Pur, only 10 minutes drive and 8 kilometers from Big C in South Pattaya. Located on the 14th flr, 105 sqm, 1 bedroom, living room, furnished with European designs, 2 balaconies, 24hr security, big swimming pool. Price for quick sale, only 7 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. FOR SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY. Fascinating Penthouse at Wong Amart Beach in a Low Rise Condominium for Quick Sale!!! For only 20 Million Baht, 260 sqm, two levels, with great interior designs, a spacious living area, executively decorated, breath taking sea view, just 1 minute walk to Wong Amart Beach and accessible to everywhere, good facilities are available. For viewing please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Top Quality Beachfront Condominium! In Foreign Name for only 7.9 Million Baht. Have 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, high floor, with superb overlooking view at the ocean and at the pool, 64 sqm, fully furnished, downtown location, Owner financing can arrange (will consider payment terms of up to 8 months). To view, please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. The Perfect Destination. Absolutely brand new project with high standard quality. Feel the cool breeze in the modern tropical villas with only 49 units. There are 3 lovely designs of family home to choose from, with 3 bedrooms, 3 restrooms, underground cabling and with private pool. Being located off Sukhumvit Road, driving to and from Bangkok is so convenient and also without the hassle of driving through the city of Pattaya which is only few minutes away, getting in and out Pattaya is easy with several kinds of public transportation available. Price starts from 12 Million Baht. For viewing please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.
Great Opportunity for Low Season! Only 5 Units Left!!! For Quick Sale only 3.8 Million Baht. New 5 Star Condominium at Jomtien Area, 96 sqm. Have 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, kitchen, 1 bathroom and 1 toilet. Slightly furnished, accessible to everywhere. To view, please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Majestic Sea View and Private beach in North Pattaya, Laem-Chabang view, 137 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, unfurnished, big living room, with a large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, unfurnished. Only 12 Million Baht. Please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% Deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583. First to View Will Buy - New Completed Unit. Pattaya “Down Town” location. 1 Bed57.20 sqm, fully furnished 2.8 Million. 2 Bed- 99 sqm, fully furnished 4.8 Million. Call Barry 089 933 3583 “Trade Up To a Better Lifestyle”. We will “trade in “your property, as part payment on any of our luxury pool villa and condominium projects. Call: Peter 081 982 6145. “Penthouse Style” over looking Pattaya Bay, 180SQ.M. Fully finished and furnished, best value in town 10,340,000Call: 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. CS1285: Another bargain to be had! View talay 6 studio apartment on the 13th floor. Needs to be finished with A/C & furniture, kitchen if desired. Only 2.8mill O.N.O Call for more info 038-373966or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CSNM: just come available at discount prices starting from 1 million Baht!! Studio and 1 bedroom available, some empty shell and some fully finished inclusive of furniture. An investment not to miss! Call for more info 08-47808457or by E-mail: email@example.com CS1248: studio apartment located in a low rise in Jomtien. 42sqm, fully furnished in which case everything is new and been lived in for 3 months by the owner. Owner needs to reside back in UK. Only 1.250million O.N.O Call for more info 08-494 42541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com
CS1241: This apartment has just been lowered, the price from 3.9 to 3.3million!! It is located in the new Hyde Park buiding! 1 bedroom, 50sqm and modernly furnished to a high standard. A must to view! Call for more info 08-17613238 or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CS1230: Brand new A.D condo studio apartment on the top floor, 32sqm and with sea views! Available at only 1.5m Offers considered! Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: email@example.com Thai Living: Hot Sale 1 Unit, View Talay 1A- Foreigner name, 5th floor, For 950,000 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Hot Sale- Penthouse- Chateau Dale Thabali (120 sq.m). Easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, tropical living, 1bed / 2bath, 5th floor, For 6,300,000 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ thailiving.net/ www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Corner unit, Fully furnished and great sea view, 9 M THB. 165 sqm, duplex unit. 40th floor. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / email@example.com / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Grand Condo. Great View and good location, sea View and large balcony, 3b/3b, need renovated, 186 sqm, 11th floor. 9.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Hot Sale Studio 2 Units, Jomtien Beach Condo (Rim Haad). BLDG 3A, Pattaya, 3rd floor, For 850,000 M THB per Unit, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ email@example.com / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Jomtien Complex. nice sea view and good location, 68 sqm, high floor, fully furnished. For 2.9 M. THB / unit, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Hot Sale Studio, Jomtien Beach Condo (Foreigner name) BLDG S2, (Pattaya Side),16th floor, For 1,400,000 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Fully furnished and great sea view, 110 sq.m, 5th floor, 4.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Hot Sale - Metro Jomtien, 54 sqm, great sea view, 34th floor, 2.75 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net
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Thai Living: View Talay 5D, Jomtien side and nice sea view, fully furnished. 48 sq.m, high floor, 2.9 M THB., For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / www.thailiving.net 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: email@example.com, www.avenue-residence.com 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, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.novagroupthailand.com Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723, www.novagroupthailand.com, E-mail: email@example.com (ptm-L2108)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 2 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Units available 2506 and 2507 (25th floor; side by side) and COMPETELY NEW INSIDE AND TURN KEY FURNISHED. Purchase Option One: Cash 3.6 Million Baht Each, Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 800,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 800,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! 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) E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Offer of the Month, The Park Condominium, Developers Price 55,000 Baht/sqm, Selling Price 45,000 Baht/sqm, 117 sqm, Type A, Building 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) 231931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com NORTHSHORE 112sqm FOR 11.5 Million Baht………..Very high floor ‘05’ unit in NORTSHORE for the LOWEST PRICE POSSIBLE! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Investment opportunity! I have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for two years. Buy a steady monthly income! 53sqm for 3.2 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/Month guaranteed two year income and 83sqm for 4.8 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/Month guaranteed income! Together for 7.5 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/ Month two year guaranteed rental return. The rent is paid every three months in advance. Call Jan at 087-021-3170 EMERGENCY SALE!!!!! Royal Cliff ‘D’ Building High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 20 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Special Promotion in La Royalé Condominium! We have several units far under the developers price, starting from 8 Million Baht 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
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Splendid investment opportunity! For sale Tip-Condo for 1 Million Baht. Steady rentalincome of 13,000 Baht/Month. The best quality renovation money can buy 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Several Very Nice Jomtien 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) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com View Talay 6 46 sqm beautifully renovated Studio apartment for only 2.1 Million Baht. Just a 50 meter walk to the beach. Panoramic views over the ocean and the Boulevard. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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) 231931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR2402)
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.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3091) 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.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Spectacular Sea View unit in the new project La royale! Only with us is this rare opportunity to purchase something special for only 8 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Several Studio units in Popular Seafront Jomtien Condo with Amazing Seaviews Available from only 900,000 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Northshore Condominium for 8 Million Baht! This is a great opportunity to purchase in a great ‘downtown’ location. If you are looking to live in a dream, be sure to take a look at this popular building. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com INVESTORS: For the latest and most Exclusive Condominium Developments….. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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) 231-931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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. We Have a lot of units in the new Popular Seafront View Talay 6 with Amazing 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) 231931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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 16 Million THB Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3769)
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(ptm-n1608)Condo for Rent at Pratamnak Hill Near Cosy Beach & Soi 4. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, fully furnished 15,000 baht per month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-gl0008)Privately Owned Suite Room at the Hotel in Jomtien for Rent, newly, elegantly and brilliantly renovated, sea view, 24 hours service, safe and convenient. 1 bedroom 2 toilets, living room, kitchen. Normally 2000 Baht per day but will be negotiable for monthly or yearly rent. Interested call 087 141 2783 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (ptm-h1508)Jomtien Beautiful 3 room, 2 bathroom apartment (76 sq m). Air con + fully furnished. 14,000 p/m long term. 087 100 5726 (ptm-1308)Bangkok Silom 1 Bedroom – near sky train and subway. UBC – direct line telephone. Long term. Telephone 086 006 3543 (ptm-w1508)Pad Condo Central Pattaya fully furnished room 40 sq meter. Wi-Fi cable, TV etc for rent at 6,500 per month. Tel 086 006 3543 (ptm-j1408)View Talay 1, 2 and 6. Quality studios. Short & long term. 087 803 3329 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, LCD TV, DVD. Rent 15,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@ pacpattaya.com
Angket Jomtien, Two 8th Floor Studios, 38 sq. m with lovely sea views, just been renovated to high standard, with marble floors, quality kitchen, matching furniture. Everything new. Really must be viewed. For rent 12,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail: email@example.com Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fridge, microwave, washing machine, LCD TV, DVD, pictures and plants. For rent 12,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org (ptcr-0008)Sale 1,500,000 Baht, Rent 1,000 per night, 5000 per week, 15,000 per month high season. 10,000 baht per month on 1 year contract. Marble Condo with stunning sea view, on 5th floor, fully furnished, in foreign name. 350 meters from sea in quiet, safe coastal village, Baan Amphur, south of Pattaya off Sukhumvit road on the way to Sattahip. Wonderful weekend hideaway next to Ocean Marina harbor, near Phoenix Golf course and Pattaya airpark. Welcome to come see. Free rent for up to two weeks if you decide to buy. This is our residence as well, and we would be pleased to show you the neighborhood. Call me, Lela, at 66 (0) 86-984-9700, or email email@example.com
Two Captivating Condos for Rent. Private Beach on North Pattaya, 64 sqm, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 living room, with balcony, 24 hr security, swimming pool, furnished. For only 25,000 Baht per month. For viewing, please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Stylish Condo for Rent at Keang Talay (near Cozy Beach) 40 sqm on 5th flr (have mountain view). Good size kitchen and bathroom. Totally renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Price is 10,000 Baht per month. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Best Quality Beachfront Condo for Rent. Stunning sea view and private beach in North Pattaya, 105 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, with large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, furnished. Price at 35,000 Baht per month. For viewing, please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. A 105 sqm. Superb Condo which has captivating sea view is now for Rent. Furnished, has 2 relaxing bedrooms, 2 cool bathrooms and direct telephone lines. Price is only 28,000 Baht per month. Call now at: : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.novaparkpattaya.com 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, E-mail: email@example.com, www.novagroupthailand.com
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Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723, www.novagroupthailand. com, E-mail: email@example.com CR0388: GREAT VALUE, 82 Sq m 1 bedroom unit, 6th floor in View Talay 2B, Only 20,000 P/M Modern furniture, Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CRNA: 2 1 Bedroom apartments located in the center of Pattaya, fully furnished with free wifi internet and fitness center at only 28,000 p/m Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: email@example.com CR1149: just recently come available studio 48sqm in view talay 6, 24th floor beach front apartment with fantastic view of Pattaya bay by day & night! Only 20,000 P/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CR1112: Outstanding 3 bed penthouse, POSSIBLE SHORT TERM LET, Wongamat beach, great sea views, High speed internet connected, modernly furnished from 75,000 P/M view http://www.pattayaproperty.biz/index.asp to view pictures or call 08-49442541 or by E-mail: email@example.com CR1111: Studio apartments for rent, both long & short term lets, Wongamat beach area,44 Sq m, modern furniture LCD TV, from 15,000 P/M Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CR0846: 2 bedrooms apartments located in Pratumnak close to the beach, many rooms available, short & long term, fully furnished, Wi-Fi internet, big TV Prices start at 45,000 P/M call 08-49442541 or by E-mail: email@example.com CR1122: 1 bedroom apartment, brand new, 51 Sq m, fully equipped, superb location 5 minutes to Walking Street, only 25,000 B Per month, Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CR1148: studio apartment in the very popular view talay 2 building in Jomtien. 48sqm a rare unit to get. Fully furnished and only 14,000 p/m Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: email@example.com CR1135: Newly renovated 20th Floor beach front apartment, great sea views, central location, 20,000 per month Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CR1136: Newly renovated 11th Floor 1 bedroom apartment, in Center condo, South Pattaya, 15,000 per month Call for more info 08-17613238 or by E-mail: email@example.com Thai Living : Ananya Beachfront Condo Naklua soi 4, Building C, 4th floor. Beautiful beachfront unit with fantastic Sea View, huge balcony, 143 sq.m, 2b/2b, fully furnished. 60,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: View Talay 6, Pattaya Beach Road, 48 sq.m, 27th floor. Walking street side, fully furnished. 20,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Penthouse - Chateau Dale Thabali. Easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, tropical living, fully furnished 1bed / 2bath, 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Duplex unit. Fully furnished and great sea view on 29th floor, 226 sq.m. 3b/3b, Big Balcony, 65,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thailiving. net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Jomtien Complex, Sea View-high floor, Fully furnished. 68 sq.m. 17,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / firstname.lastname@example.org/ www. thailiving.net THAIHUS : Condo for rent in Wongamat Beach 1 Bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 27 floor, 96 Sqm. Sea view and full facilities. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704.
Classified THAIHUS :Condo for rent 19,000/month, 1 bedroom / 2 bathrooms Full facilities newly renovated condo, tastefully furnished unit at a reasonable price with full European kitchen. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. THAIHUS :Condo for rent in Wongamat Beach 2 beds 2 baths 38,000/month, 143 Sqm. uses of the facilities of the 5 star beachfront hotel located next door. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. 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). E-mail email@example.com. 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) E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR1362) 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) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
Northshore Sea View Condominium for 65,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished 112 square meter unit with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Our Northshore rentals are starting from 42,000 Baht/Month. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (Property PR3036) Beautifully Renovated Three Bedroom Condo in Jomtien For Rent at 55,000 Baht per month! Great three bedroom, three bathroom furnished apartment. Ready to move in, this is a great way to live! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Great Two Bedroom Condos for rent from 20,000 to 45,000 Baht per month! We have a number of very nice condominium apartments available for rent in this price range. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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. 087-0217014. Very nice Royal Cliff Two Bedroom Plus Apartment for 55,000 Baht per month! Those that know the ‘Cliff’, know that it is one of the most sought after places to live. Enjoy this two bedroom plus office apartment with fantastic sunsets and seaviews. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Ocean Marina Yacht Club Three Bedroom Suite For 50,00 Baht per month! What more can you say? If you would like a ‘Five Star’ lifestyle with the yachts and all….this is your apartment. There are no better building amenities anywhere. Two swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, weight training gym, the list goes on and on…..and don’t forget their first class gourmet restaurant with Dim Sum on Sundays! This is just one of our listings in Ocean Marina. For a total overview of our listings contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
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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: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
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BANG SARAY THE MOST DESIRED AREA! U-Tapao planned for Pattaya’s International Airport. Unprecedented Mega Projects Starting. Land plots from 300,000 baht. Check our Exclusive Land, Villa & Condo’s. Tel: 081 576 0035, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , www.countrypropertyservices.net (ptm-1408)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-n1408)Land Plot for Sale. 200 to 400 sq wah land size on Eastern Star Golf Course: Phone 081 782 0206 or 089 249 1364 (ptm-1408) CORNER PLOT 800m in exclusive village next to tennis court. Reduced to 2.7 million for urgent sale or 1200 m corner plot Mabprachan reduce to 1.9 million baht incl. exclusive natural solid wall. Tel. 081 290 7310 or 087 820 1529. (ptm-m1608)Bang Saray Hills, Prime Real Estate for Sale by Owner, 2 to 3 rai, spectacular ocean and mountain views, walled, water, 3 phase electric, most exclusive farang area. 2.9 million per rai. 081 295 7236 (ptm-1308)Bang Saray Mountain, 1200 sqm (15 x 80). Ready to build on 790,000 baht. 087 100 5726. LS1019: Land located in East Pattaya great plot ideal for someone looking for that special land plot of that being 1 Rai, priced at 4million baht O.N.O. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com PL 046: This land is located in the center of the city. Ideal for house or apartment building filled and leveled already. Asking 12 million for 473sqw (1892SQM). Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: email@example.com Land for Sale. 11 Rai in Jomtien Area, only 10 Million per Rai. For viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale. 20 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, only 8 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road and 70 meters from the main road, perfect for small housing project. For quick sale, grab our cheapest offer, only 500,000 Baht per Rai. Nothing cheaper than this! To view please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale. 4 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, 7.5 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road, next to the main road in soi, perfect idea for a big house suitable not only for a big family, but for small family as well. For quick sale, we’re selling it for only 1.5 Million Baht per Rai. For viewing please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale. 50 Rai in Boput Area at Samui Island. Best idea for business and investment. For quick sale, only 10.8 Million Baht per Rai. Please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale 7 Rai. 43 Sq. Wah located at Najomtien Soi 8-12, Soi Pinnacle Resort, Opposite of Thai Alangkarn Show, only 350 m. from seaside. Price is only 20,000 per sq. wah (56,800,000 Million Baht). Please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398 for details and viewing.
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For sale by owner. Almost one rai (368 square wah) in Central Pattaya between Third Road and Motorway 7 entrance on Sukhumvit Road. Perfect for shophouses, condo building or small housing estate. 15 million baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail email@example.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Thai Living: Behind Diamond Beach Condo, land for sale with 3 Rai-200 sq.wah for 5.5 M THB. / Rai. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: land and house/ private pool for sale 200 meters from Beach - Haad Tawanron, Bang Sare, 1 Rai 96 sq.wah for 12 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Quick Sale Land near Bang sare market, 164 sq.wah sale at 1.79 M THB. 3 km from beach and Sukhumvit Rd. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill Soi 4 (Opposite Star Beach) 207 sq.wah Sale 55,000 THB per sq.wah (N/A) For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Chaiyapruk soi 3, 2 Rai - 68 sq.wah of land for sale at 7.2 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ email@example.com / www.thailiving.net 48 Rai for 5.5 Million Baht/ Rai 500 meters from La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 2 Rai for 27.5 Million Baht/ Rai Beach Front near La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com 32 Rai on a hill near Phoenix Golf Course with nice sea views, ideal for a housing development. 550,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th Land for sale next to Siam Country Club Golf Course! 36 Rai perfect for a housing project for 2.1 Million Baht/Rai. The land is located in a beautiful landscaped area with stunning mountain views. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Two land plots for 1.1 Million Baht/Rai near Mabrachan Lake. 19 and 31 Rai ideal for housing developments as the whole area is already developed with other housing developments. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com
Beachfront Land Jomtien 16 Rai at 18 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Beautiful located plots of Land! A few examples are stunning plots on the Prathamnak Hill (1 Rai up), 21 Rai of beachfront near the Ambassador Hotel and 7 Rai of Land on the beach in Bangsaray. Our database contains over a 100 exclusive plots of land in and around Pattaya. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Looking for Beach front land? We have prime beach front land parcels available. For appointments and private tours contact Premier Land and Development (038) 231-931 or (01) 634-2915 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at www.premierinternational.com 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/Rai. Owner motivated to sell quickly. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Incredible 35 Rai of Land perfect for Development includes designs for 160 Unit Condo project 2 Rai lake and area for 20 homes. Priced to sell. Property is in a fast growing area only 10 minutes to the beach and covered in mature coconut trees-absolutely beautiful. Good flat ready to build condition with three road frontages. Smart money buy- call to take a look. Making your Business our Business – Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th 274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development Land- Baht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 20 Rai- Bang Saray 4 mil per Rai, sea view, ready to build. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th
2 Rai Beachfront land in Jomtien for 25 Million Baht/ Rai. If you are looking for land to build a beach front condominium or a small scaled up class housing project this is it! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com FOR INVESTORS……1.5 Rai plot of land for sale on Pratamnak Hill including Building designs, Brochures, Building License, etc, etc. for 32.5 Million Baht including everything you need to start your development. Call Jan at 087-021-3170
THAIHUS : Properties urgently wanted for rent in Pattaya and Jomtien areas: Call us today at (Eng) 085 277 7900, (Thai) 087 973 9704 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(ptm-m1608)“Let’s Trade”. My home in Bend, Oregon USA, for your condo in Pattaya. For more info 086 145 3625. Email: email@example.com
(ptm-r1508)Heart to Heart! Do you have any problems of money? We can help you! Tel. 086 815 9103 (ptm-b1608) Paradise Home Cleaning Services – 1,500 B for 2 staff / day – 2,000 B for 3 staff / day including chemicals – Optional steam vapor cleaner for aircon/carpet cleaning. Dynamic team and foreigner follow–up. Call now: 089 886 5445 (ptm-1608)90 Days Notification Service. No more wasting days at the Immigration Office. We do it all for you. For more info, call: Eng: 087 054 0126, Thai: 085 393 1898 (ptm-1508)www.pattayaingatlanok.hu Properties in Pattaya and more. Tel: 087 067 0239 We Have Built Over 50 Houses and Also Specialize in Landscaping, Swimming pool Installations, New kitchens and Bathrooms etc. Free quotations and professional service. Australian and Thai owners. WM Renovations - Design and Construction. Office: 038 374 623 Eng: 0811 580 065 www.pattayaoceanpropperty.com , E-mail info@ pattayaoceanproperty.com (ptm-j2108)Storage Lockers for Rent. From 300 baht/mo. Jomtien Plaza. PH 085 275 0987 (pta-no0008)No 1 Visa behind Carrefour, Central Pattaya. Visa service for Thais to visit abroad, UK, Europe, USA and Australian Visa Specialist. The best affordable professional visa service in Thailand. Over 7 years experience. Taxi to the embassies, cheap airline tickets, travel medical insurance. Tel: 038 360 204, Mobile: 089 246 5980 (ptmsp-1309)Architect Services Plans, houses, shops, apartments, etc. Contact 081 295 8038 (ptm-p0409)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call: 081 762 8379
(ptm-p0409)Eden Massage. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own place. Thai massage, Oil massage, foot massage, Aromatherapy massage, Sports massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) (ptm-p0409)Need a Sports Massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) Do You Have Back Pains, Body Pains, Kidney Problem, High Cholesterol or High Blood? We have cure that are proven by our many cured and satisfied client. Simple, safe & secure treatments come to our health spa for free trial and consultation; pre booking will be highly appreciated. Interested call 038 416 493 or 087 141 2783 Do You Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun, Easy and Effective Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native eligible, professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment. Call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. *Email: thankful.knowledge@gmail. com**.* We speak English, Thai, German & Deustch We Have Built Over 50 Houses and Also Specialize in Landscaping, swimming pool installations, new kitchens and bathrooms etc. Free quotations and professional serviceAustralian and Thai owners WM Renovations – Design and Construction. Office: 038 374 623 M: 0811 580 065 (Mal) Freelance I.T. Specialist. Services Offered: Data Recovery (accidental format and deletion), Website design and devolopment, Hardware/ Software setup and installation, PC cleaning and maintenance, Free online tech support for minor issues, LAN Configuration, etc. Contact: 087 481 2163, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Dan One Call Service. Property Services includes general household repairs, air conditioning repairs, swimming pool maintenance, gardening new and maintenance, electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, cleaning. General Services includes translation, assistance for Thai driving license, immigration matters, real estate matter, driver for your own car. Call 085 163 5037 or email p.krittaphon@ yahoo.com VDO Present Studio. We can make a presentation as VDO Presentation, Recording, Music VDO, Slide Show or special photograph in expertise skill in photographer. Please contact: Tiwa 086 787 8001 E-mail: email@example.com Made to Order Cakes and Brownies, characters such as Sponge Bob, Barbie doll, Power Puff Girls, Spiderman, Christmas Bears and etc. Call 089 607 9850. Also, available Chocolate, Banana and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese. Ski Blind. For blinds, sunshade, retractable awning, canopy, folding doors. PVC strip doors, wallpapers, canvas, umbrellas, curtains, partitions, window shutter, and tents. Call Mr. Kiat at 081 307 7732 or e-mail skiblind@ hotmail.com. Visit their website www.skiblind.com
Renovation Services Carried Out on Condos or Houses. All types of work carried out at a very high standard with very reasonable prices. For quotations call PAC Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng), 087 150 4845 (Thai) If You are Having a Problem with Your Computer either software and hardware, please phone 086 820 2577 or 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng). I will go to service at your place. If you are Looking for a Computer Graphic Designer, Web designer or would like to make some printed matters in reasonable price, please phone 086 820 2577 (Thai) or 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng) or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (ptfsp-0108)Pattaya Secretarial Services. One Stop Service for your office needs, www.pattayasecretarial-services.com. Client service 081 550 0885 Legal and Visa services provided by American expert living in Thailand more than 10 years and English-speaking Thai lawyer.see ads in PattayaToday. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) for a free consultation. E-mail email@example.com
(ptfjw-e1408) Two European/ Hungarian/Ladies/35. Looking for a part time job in the day. We have car, we speak English Italian Russian. We are open for every job. Tel 087 067 0239 (ptfjw-e1408) Retired 57 Year Old American with TEFL Certificate would like to volunteer services teaching English and/or basketball. I can be reached in Jomtien at don. firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 082 257 9431 (ptfjw-0008)Italian Man, 40 y.o. is looking for a job as manager for go-go bar, etc. Previous experiences in the nightlife – industry of Pattaya. Michael 085 212 0788
(ptfjv-l608)New Legal Office in Pattaya Requires Administration Staff, with experience in Company formation, Work permits, Visa, Immigration procedures, Income Tax, Licensing, interested call Nani at 087 782 3890 or send resume to 779 email@example.com
(ptm-a1608)Caretaker/Gardener /Cleaner Wanted. 6 days monthly 1,800 baht. 084 958 6569. Must have good references. (ptfjv-l608)Required for Marketing Office in Pattaya, Editor for Tourist & Travel Magazine & Guide, candidate must have experience in English writing, interested call Nani at 087 782 3890 or send CV to 779 grover@ gmail.com (ptfjv-l608) IT Solutions Have Vacancies for the Following Staff:- 1. Freelance Sales (Most Provinces), 2. Computer / Network Technicians / Support Engineers, 3. Web Designer / Programmer / Graphic Designer, 4. Control Room Staff (Shift work). All positions require a good command of written and spoken English. Attractive salary and working conditions. Immediate start available to suitable applicants. For further information and to arrange an interview call: 083 540 5220 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.itsthailand.org (ptfjv-m1508)We are Seeking Freelance Writers to Submit Articles for a New Tourist Project. The articles should be funny, informative and fact based. We will give you a topic heading to write about and articles should be between 150 - 500 words. We will pay between 200 - 500 baht per article. Articles can be emailed and payment can be collected in cash or deposited into your Thai bank account. Please contact Mark anytime on 081 160 7764 to discuss, or email: email@example.com (ptfjv-l508)We are Growing Company, looking for more team work. 1. Marketing & Sales, Thai or native speaker. Call 089 748 9536 or 087 133 8282 (ptfjv-l608)Traditional Thai Puppet Theater (Joelouis) is looking for staff very position for a new restaurant, Male or Female. Now- May 30, 2009 and application at the Traditional Thai Puppet Theater office(Thai Wat City Walk, South Pattaya). Tel: 081 935 4937, 081 376 8596 , 02 252 9683-4 , 02 252 5227-8. Time for contact:10.00-04.00 pm.
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(ptfjv-ex1408)Top Car Rental in Jomtien; Seeking a highly efficient lady, can speak good English for Office Management. Starting salary 13,000 Baht. Have driver license. Call for interview 081 865 1011, 038 364 461. (ptfjv-ex1408)New Supermarket Opening Soon. Needs a Thai lady with experience with Supermarkets and can speak English. Call 081 865 1011, 038 364 461. (ptfjv-gc1408) Garden Cliff Resort & Spa Pattaya is looking for staff, male or female. Several positions available. Must speak good English. Experience is an advantage. Send or drop off your resume at Garden Cliff Resort & Spa, 220/21 Naklua Moo 5, Soi 16, or email email@example.com (ptm-te1408)Wanted Secretary. Required: Thai female, good in English, basic computer skill. Please apply at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 086 841 5976.
(ptfjv-c1308)Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya. 1) Administration Position; Sales Office, Reservation Office, Accounting Office, Purchasing Office, IT, Human Resources Office, Public Relation Office, Security Office. 2)Front Office, Guest Service Agent, Butler, Business Centre, Bell & Driver, Call Centre, Spa & Sports, 3)Engineering, Engineering, Gardener. 4)Housekeeping, Housekeeping, Florist, Laundry. 5)Food & Beverage, Food & Beverage. 6)Kitchen, Kitchen Staff, Steward. For further information call 038 370 028 -30 ext. 105, E-Mail: ratchadavo@chr. co.th or go to our temporary office, opposite the project site in Soi Wongamat Naklua (ptfjv-j1308)Free Private Accommodation Available, T/V etc in return for light garden and pool duties. Would suit couple 50/60 and be able to speak some English a small salary will be paid, and motorbike supplied. HuayYai area. Tel 087 905 5889.
Classified (ptfjv-p1308)Profil Construction Co., Ltd. is looking for an Interior Decorator. Call 082 202 7626 or email email@example.com (ptm-srv1108)Are You a Special Needs Teacher Who is Looking for an Interesting Job? A Special Needs School on the Eastern Seaboard is looking for a new member of staff who is: A certified teacher. Experienced in working with children with Special Needs, Creative, independent and disciplined, Fluent in English. What we are offering: A pleasant working environment at a young school in development, prospect of a management position, a good monthly salary, a challenging job with a lot of autonomy, attractive and free housing in the vicinity of a large city, free transportation by car. Interested? Call 081 940 4246 for more information (ptfjv-0008)Wallpaper Hanger, English speaking required. Phone 084 958 6569 (ptfjv-0008)Clay Modeler Wanted to make chess set of cartoon characters; c.25cms. tall. Phone 089 058 4509 (ptm-h1208)English Speaking Computer Teacher Wanted for English Man and Thai Wife. Stay 2 days, 1 or 2 or two nights; 370 kms from Pattaya. Comfortable home with all facilities and good food! Must have good references. 089 058 4509 or 084 958 6569 (ptfjv-1008)Pool Cleaner Wanted. Experience is required. Full time cleaning and able to travel within Pattaya City. Swimming, male. Strong and have knowledge for pool maintain. Well paid. Call tel. 081 982 4963, 086 533 4963
(ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: Coworkers wanted for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. A Captain with three years experience and a captainâ€™s license. For more information contact Sara today sara@thailiving or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory. (ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: We are looking for coworkers for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. Crew with two years experience please send your CW and letter of application now. For more information contact Sara today sara@thailiving or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory. (ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: We are looking for coworkers for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. Hostess with two years experience please send your CW and letter of application now. For more information contact Sara today sara@thailiving or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory. (ptm-tl0808)Just Us 2: Room Rental Service at Bang Sare. Thai Staffs: 4 positions for Cooker, Diver & Bar, Maid & Serve and Mechanic Man. Cooker can cook for Inter & Thai food, must be active, hard working. English speaking for all position required. Good salary & bonus. Contact: Nu 089 143 9787 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (ptm-tl0808)Thaihus Samui: Real Estate Agency in Samui. Thai Staffs: 5 positions for Sales Representative , Assistance Sale, Marketing, Listing Agent and Admin & Book Keeping. For-
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eigner Sale Manager: Top ability & dynamic are required and sale experience in housing business, active, good relationship. High salary + commission. All prefer 2 years experience up in this business filed and must be able to speak English and have computer skill. Good salary and commission. Call: Wanjira 086 113 0667 E-mail: wanjira_uttha@ hotmail.com
(ptm-tl0808) SarSaz: Iranian Restaurant in South Pattaya. Thai Staffs for Cooker, Waiter & Waitress, Female Cleaner and Female Reception. Cooker must be able to cooking for Iranian & Thai food with 2-3 years experience of international restaurant. All must able to speak English and good relationship, active and hard working. High salary + bonus. Call: Kim 086 336 5690 E-mail:email@example.com
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Classified (ptm-s0708)Do You Want to Rent a Car? Neat, reliable Mitsubishi Champ, 4 doors, aircon, well running, radio. Full comprehensive insurance for just 9,500 B/month. Phone 081 835 9923 or email@example.com
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LC International languages and Computer School is looking for German, Dutch, Italian, French, Russian, Chinese and English speaking teacher. Interested person please call: 038 361 948 9 or contact us by lc_pattaya@ hotmail.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (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 email@example.com. Call 086-8169398 (ptfj-2007)Exciting Projects, Dynamic Company, great salary & bonus schemes are looking for the following positions: 2 Construction Managers (THB 100,000-150,000 tax free), 5 Section Managers (THB 60,00080,000), 10 Superintendents/Supervisors (THB 40,000-50,000), 1 team Survey 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, English-Dutch-German -Italian-French-Japanese-Chinese-Russian-Korean-Spanish, Thai Teachers to teach Thai and English for Foreigners, Marketing. Please call K. Jerry and K. Nutcharee to arrange an appointment. Tel. 02-250-0072 www.Prolanguage.co.th
Mc Flight Travel & Visa. Cheapest Air Fares. Promotion BKKLON, FRA,PAR, ROM, GVA Start from 10,000 O/W 20,100 R/T. Special Promotion on September AMS-BKK-AMS. Start from 570 Euro’s. All the price not include tax. Visa to Europe, Vietnam, Laos, China, India, Myanmar, Indonesia; Ext Hotel Reservation, Scuba Diving, Taxi, Minibus. Tel 038 413 530, 038 724 023, Fax 038 413 540 E-mail. Mcflightpattaya@hotmail.com
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(ptm-y0008) Pattaya Global 2000 Car Rentals. Taxi & car for rent, cheap price. Taxi to airport only 1,200 baht inc. toll fees. Call Yai on 086 323 3523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.pattayacarrentals-yai.com for more info. (ptm-s1408) Motorbikes for Rent: Automatic Daily=200 Weekly=1,000 Monthly=3,000 PANDIA Shop, Soi Buakhaow Call 081 244 6970
(ptm-ro1608)2006 Toyota HiLux Vigo, 3 L diesel, 60 k, 2 x 4 pre runner ,Manual, just serviced, leather interior , 4 door, 550,000 THB or sensible offers! Call 084 780 8457 (ptm-e1608)2005 Mitsubishi G Wagon 2.8 TD. 27.000 km, 530.000. From European owner. Tel: 087 067 0239 (ptm-1608)Honda CRV 2001. Exc. condition, LPG, auto, leather seats, 2 air bags, ABS, 89,000 kms with full service history, insurance. 440,000 Baht ONO. Call Michael 081 343 4851 (ptm-ex1408)Expat Used Cars; (MP. Service Station) Thepprasit Rd. 3 X Toyota Fortuner, 4x4, A/T 2005-2007 (Diesel & Petrol) Models. TAKE YOUR PICK!!! 1 x Honda City VTEC ’07. 1 x Honda Jazz ’06. Plus Many More: View at MP. Service Station (Thepprasit Road). All of above vehicles are accident free, one owner and with low kms!!! Tel K. Na 089 091 0714 or K. Nat 087 486 4848 for test drive. (ptfcs-1508)Toyota Fortuner 4x4 2.7 Petrol 2006 Silver. Excellent condition. 1 Foreigner owner. BHT 820,000. Tel 081 8087213, 085 3945932, 038 429 124-5. (ptfcs-1508)Toyota Fortuner 4x4 2.7 Petrol 2005 Black. Excellent condition. 1 Foreigner owner. BHT 799,000. Tel 081 8087213, 085 3945932, 038 429 124-5. (ptfcs-v1508)Mazda 3 Top Model Full Option, Black Colour. 8 Airbag ABS. Leather seats. MAX 17 Auto, sunroof, MP3, CD. 70,000 km. 081 862 8846, 038 433 255. Alarm system. For Sale 650,0000 Baht. (ptfvs-je1508)Suzuki Caribean 4 Wheel Drive Jeep. Customized, new Vitara big engine, auto, air, power brakes/steering. Very low mileage on engine and drive train. Asking 140,000 OBO. See write up at: http://www.thaivisa. com/forum/Customized-Suzuki-Caribian-Pattaya-t231013. html&hl=suzuki or call: Lek/ Jeep 086 072 9843 email@example.com
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Vol. 8 No. 15 16 - 30 April 2009 high society Central Festival organises Ice Cream Festival
Every kids dream came true at the newly opened ‘Central Festival Pattaya Beach’, when loads of ice cream was handed out. A vast change as the temperature was dropped to a chilling -12 Celsius. The event, an ‘Ice Cream Extravaganza’, created by the ‘Ice Cream Designer’ and which offered such tantalising concoctions as ‘Seafood and Sushi’ flavoured ice cream. Our officiating deputy Mayor, Mr. Ronakit Ekkasingh, was delighted to participate on stage, with the lively dance troupe and well known Thai superstars. This was a popular promotion, that everyone thoroughly enjoyed, and was led by the Shopping Centre General Manager Mr. Sarun Tuntijumnun. International companies including Iberry, Ammltery, Felice, Tuscanni, Time Out, to name a few, joined with other famous brands to offer a sweet solution to the passing crowds. Many customers took advantage of the ‘Ice Cream Buffet’ with all you can eat in one hour for only 99 baht.
New Bangkok Governor
Mazda showroom has Grand Opening
H.E. M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, New Bangkok Governor received a basket of flower from Mrs. Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, Vice President of Siam City Hotels and Resorts, on his new appointment at Bangkok Metropolitan Administration City Hall’s Office recently. Picture shows from left, Ms. Manu Wuvanich, Mrs. Marisa (2nd left) presenting a basket of flower to H.E. M.R. Sukhumbhand (centre), with Mrs. Kulrisa Suriyamongkol and Ms. Sadanith Leeveraphan look on.
Cranswick Wine Dinner at Mantra
Mantra Restaurant & Bar, in collaboration with Italthai Industrial Co. Ltd, recently celebrated a fantastic ‘Cranswick’ Australian Wine Dinner. Mantra guests were invited to experience Australia in a glass and revelled in a refined evening of gastronomic proportions. Photo from left: Khun Dhaninrat Klinhom, Director of PR, Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Khun Anuchit Saeng-On, Channel Manager-Horeca, sommelier of Italthai and Thailand’s 2006 best wine sommelier, Wine & Spirits Division, Italthai Industrial Co., Ltd, Khun Ampawan Kuhasak, Social Director, Mantra Restaurant & Bar, Khun Pattira Phuksawan, Group Marketing Manager, Wine & Spirits Division, Italthai Industrial Co., Ltd, Mr. Graham Cranswick-Smith, Managing Director, CRANSWICK Wines Australia PTY LTD, Khun Krongthong Namtiwong, Restaurant Manager, Mantra Restaurant & Bar, Khun Makoo Techasophon, Deputy General Manager, Amari Orchid Resort & Tower
Local dignitaries including Pattaya Mayor, Itthipol Khunpluem, recently attended the official grand opening of SMC Motors Public Company Limited, third branch in Pattaya offering new car sales and a service and spare parts department. The company which distributes Mazda vehicles has sister branches in Chonburi and Borwin, prides itself on well trained staff and mechanics to ensure customer satisfaction throughout the life of your new vehicle. The new branch will be managed by Khun Panniwat Srikraiwin, Managing Director and Khun Wannapha, and the grand opening was graced by such honoured guests as Mr. Sonthaya Khunpluem, Mayor Itthipol Khunpluem, Mr. Chanyut Hengtrakool, Mr. Raywat Pollukin and Mr. Saran Tantijamnan. The Showroom located on 16/169 M.8 T. Nongplalai A.Banglamung Chonburi. Tel: 038 223 646 – 8 Fax: 038 223 770 or Mazda Speedline 02 661 9880 or Visit http://www.mazda.co.th
The cabinet meeting at the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall
Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva (1st left) was greeted on arrival by Ms. Panga Vathanakul (1st right), MD of Royal Cliff Beach Resort & Ms. Sunisa Yusananda (centre)
The Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH), a world-class multipurpose meeting facility of the award-winning Royal Cliff Beach Resort, was chosen as the venue for the Cabinet meeting held on April 7th, 2009. Ms. Panga Vathanakul, Managing Director of Royal Cliff Beach Resort together with Ms. Sunisa Yusananda, Director of Sales, Thailand welcomed the Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in the morning of April 7th, 2009. Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH), offers complete versatility and flexibility capable of catering to up to 8,000 delegates in theatre-style seating. A total of 3 ballrooms and 54 meeting rooms are also available, thus catering to meeting groups of all sizes.
Vol. 8 No. 15 16 - 30 April 2009
International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy (ISGE) holds its XVIII Annual Congress
Dr. Peter J. Maher beats the gong to signal the start of the 18th Annual Congress of the International Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy at Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dr. Somchai Kovitcharoenkul welcomes all delegates to the 2009 Annual Congress of the International Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy
The opening ceremony at Dusit Thani Pattaya’s Napalai Convention Hall
(Left to right): Dr. Charles E. Miller, Dr. Somchai Kovitcharoenkul, Dr. John J. Sciarra and Dr. Arnold P. Advincula during pre-Congress Cocktails as part of the opening ceremonies
Over 400 medical experts in Gynecologic Endoscopy from different parts of the globe gathered for their 18th annual meeting that included three days of plenary sessions, panel discussions, open forums and symposiums on topics ranging from Endometriosis, Endoscopic Surgery, Energy Sources for Gynecologic Surgery, and other subjects on the latest medical technologies some of which are currently being introduced in Thailand. The convention was made possible by Dr. Somchai Kovitcharoenkul, Chairman of the ISGE’s Annual Congress held from 25-27 March 2009 at the Napalai Convention Hall of Dusit Thani Pattaya. Special lecturers included among others: Dr. Peter J. Maher, Dr. John J. Sciarra who spoke on Alternatives to Hysterectomy and Dr. Arnold Advincula who lectured on Robotic Surgery in Gynecology. The opening ceremony was held on the night of March 24 with Dr. Kovitcharoenkul giving the welcoming remarks. The ceremony was highlighted by Thai folk dance performances after which light cocktails followed at the five-star hotel’s Chaba Pool.
Pattaya International Music Festival Farewell Celebration Party at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya recently hosted “The Farewell Celebration Party” at the Hall of Fame for all participating artists, medias, sponsors and organizers in conjunction with “Pattaya International Music Festival 2009”. It was officially graced by the Mayor of Pattaya, Khun Itthipol Khunpleum. After his opening speech, he presented “Key to Pattaya City” to the “Girls Generations” band from Korea and “Cell” band from Laos during this special occasion. This year, with the support of GMM Grammy, all international artists such as Shinee and Girl Generation from Korea, Danson Tang from Taiwan, Kenny Kwan from Hong Kong, Kym Jin Sha from China, Rynn Lim from Malaysia and local artists …put together fantastic shows and great performances to thrill and rock thousands of music fans that came to celebrate this festival in the city starting from 20 to 22 March 2009. Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya is proud to be associated with this prestigious event as ‘music’ is our culture, our philosophy and on this occasion, ‘music’ brings all of us together, from all over the world! ‘This old house is rockin’…… Before the party ended, Mr. Elyes Ben Brahim, Director of Operations from Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya gave rockin’ Hard Rock souvenirs to all artists who attended the party and a memorable group photo with the artists and Hotel Management.
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