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Volume 8, Issue 17

16 - 31 May 2009

Assault Weapons used in Jewellery Heist

The owners of a jewellery assault rifles. The robbers im- the Sukhumvit Road, closely shop, Yaowarach Goldsmith, mediately fired shots into the followed by suspected accomlocated on Jomtien Beach rear door, to discourage any plices driving a black Ford Road, had an awful experience intrusions, and after making truck. The whole experience recently when the lasted less than two shop was robbed by minutes. However, three armed men. the robbers, who the On the mornowner described as pale ing of the 4th May, skinned and wearing Police Lieutenant black clothes, managed Colonel Chalermto escape with over kiat Sirimark, from three million baht in the Dontan Police gold. Sub-station, received The assigned officer the call regarding quickly put out a dethe robbery that had scription of the vehicles, happened only 300 and they were spotted metres away from his heading towards Soi station. Quickly on Chaiyapruke 2. Police the scene, they met a were quick to follow, Suspect Sakon "Sorn" Ruksa still at large very frightened shop and in the pursuit, one of owner, Mrs. Malunee Mun- the two ladies lay down on the the robbers fired a M79 rifle at toonprayook, and her daughter floor, they smashed one of the a police car, hitting one of the Mrs. Roongtiwa Uksorn, who display cases and put the stolen front doors, the engine, and explained what had happened. blowing out one of the front necklaces into a bag. The owner told police, that Then just as quickly as they tyres. Police Sergeant Sayam whilst she and her daughter had arrived, they left the build- Poe-ngahm, aged 38, was hit were weighing a 1 baht gold ing, shooting more bullets into in the right leg. One of the necklace, three masked and the sky, a warning not to follow, robbers then threw a grenade armed men entered the shop and jumped into a waiting Toy- into the road near a group of carrying a M16 and two AKA ota Vios which headed towards youngsters, all under 15 years,

fortunately none was seriously injured, however, they still had to be transported to the Bangkok-Pattaya and Banglamung Hospitals for treatment for minor injuries to their legs and arms. At this stage, Police Major General Niwut, ordered 100 officers from the Pattaya, Banglamung and Sree Racha stations to hunt for the culprits. With the use of a helicopter, they spotted the bronze coloured Toyota Vios parked in front of a house on Soi Saisukone Abbey, owned by Mr. Parsert Premdee, aged 50. The black truck was spotted outside a house in Moo 5 Kaomaikaew, belonging to Mr. Mungkorn Klindee, aged 54. As police officers approached the vehicle, Mr. Kasem Klindee, aged 32, Mr. Mungkorn’s son, was walking out of bushes in a highly suspicious manner; he was detained by officers as a possible suspect in the robbery. Mr. Prasert informed police


officers that as he was sitting in his house, three men pulled up in the Toyota Vios and parked it in front of his house, before changing vehicles to a bronze Toyota Vigo, with waiting getaway driver, and speeding away towards Freeway number 331. Despite police check points, the car was not seen again. Continued on page 3

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100 Young people De Beaute now attend ‘Anti Drug’ program opens at Central Festival Pattaya Beach

De Beaute, the professional hair salon, recently opened at the 4th level of Central Festival Pattaya Beach. Its unique, chic and modern concept were also used on this new branch, with its products, colour techniques (L’Oreal and Davines) and a comprehensive TIGI’s line of makeup, hair, skin, body and sun care products (Bed Head,

Catwalk, S Factor). The competitive service rates include Hair cut (Man 199 baht, Woman 299), Shampoo blow, dry (99 – 200 baht), Manicure, pedicure (299 – 450 baht), Hair color with L’Oreal or Davines (799-2999 baht), Hair highlight with L’Oreal or Davines (699 – 2999 baht). Now offers 15% discount on colors, highlights, perm and straight from now until July 2009. Reward card is now available in the shop. For inquiries, call 038 043 278.

Drub abuse is a key problem with the youth of Pattaya and a recent training program, held at the Yidayatoossaleekin Mosque, hoped to educate and enlighten Pattaya youth to the evils of drug usage. The training program, aimed at educating them on self discipline and social responsibilities, was presided over by the Assistant to Pattaya City Deputy, City Council Members, City Officials, Local Community Leaders, and other dignitaries and honorary guests. Studies show that young people exposed to drug usage in the home, especially methamphetamine, have high rates of depression, anxiety, anger, stress, etc. which

New dock at Bali Hai Pier under consideration

Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, recently chaired a meeting into the feasibilities of adding a new dock to the area to improve the water way system. The meeting,

which took place at the Sea Breeze Pattaya, was attended by an advisor from the Tesco Company along with other City Officials and other interested parties.

Royal Thai Army, seminar on Peace and Harmony

Recently, around seventy representatives of Community Radio Stations, in and around the Chonburi area, attended a ‘Harmony and Solidarity of the People’ seminar, hosted by the Royal Thai Army.

Colonel Surin Praetoe, Chief of Civil Affairs Division, told those attending that the seminar had been arranged as community radio stations had played a major role in inciting violence during the recent

are all major contributors to future drug abuse. These symptoms will also lead to learning problems and the inability to concentrate or do well in school. However, the recent economic situation in Pattaya has led to a large increase in the number of people using drugs on a regular basis. The program, which over 100 young people attended, covered other topics including HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, emotions, the changing teen body and civic duties. It is hoped that the organisers have shown some young people the dangers of taking this road in their future life. by Nana A brainstorming session invited anyone to offer comments and suggestions, on how this could be achieved with the minimum disruption to the City. Mr. Wiroot Choteboot, a dock expert, was commissioned to undertake a study and survey on a new dock, plus parking area. He revealed that the new dock would be situated at the old Bali Hai Pier, however the new design would enable more green recreation areas and would be able to handle 150 35 foot boats, 200 30 foot boats and 10 larger vessels, a total of 370 craft. CCTV cameras would be installed to protect the public and boats, and it will also offer the facilities for water sports and recreation. political situation. Hence, the Government had organised the seminar in order to bring peace, harmony and solidarity back into the community. Yootachai Tiantong, Chief of Staff of 14th Precinct Royal Thai Army, said many people did not believe that the Army had acted in a neutral way when dealing with the Red and Yellow Shirts. He reiterated that personnel, of all the Armed Services, had acted neutral at all times, favouring neither political beliefs. The 14th Precinct Royal Thai Army, have organised a further seminar, ‘Love Your Country, Practice Peace and Harmony’, on the 22nd May, at Chonburi City Hall, to promote harmony and rebuild the nation as a whole.

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Asian Senior Wrestling Championships 2009 in Pattaya

Athletes, coaches, judges and fans from 26 different countries listened to Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, as he delivered a welcoming speech on the opening of the 2009 Asian Senior Wrestling Championships, being held in Pattaya for the first time. The event, which was held at the Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel, in conjunction with the Thai Amateur Wrestling Association, Pattaya City, the Sports Authority of Thailand, and TAT, was held thru 2nd – 7th May.

In all, 21 medals were competed for in the indoor events at the Convention Centre, while a further 4 medals were competed for at the outdoor, beach wrestling venue. More than 500 athletes, coaches and judges participated in the tournament and Assistant Professor Wungsun, president of TAWA, told of his organisations great pride in organising this very prestigious event, which he hoped would boost tourism in the present climate. by Nana

Speaking to reporters later in the day, Police Major General Niwut, revealed that the robbery appeared to be the work of experts in the use of heavy weapons and that from CCTV camera footage, it appeared the robbery had been planned two days before, as persons matching the description of two of the robbers, had entered the building to enquire if they had ever been robbed in the past. The Police Major added that at least five persons were involved in the robbery, and he expected them to all be in custody in the very near future. In a news update to this story, at 7.00pm on the 5th May, Police Colonel Teerapone Jindaluang, Deputy Commander of Chonburi Provincial Police, along with fellow Senior Officers held a press conference to announce the capture and arrest of three suspects involved in the robbery. The captured, Mr. Kasem Klindee, aged 32, Mr. Surachart Yodtong, aged 24, and Mr. Gamon Saengpoem, aged 36, were transported to the conference with a guard of 20 SWAT Officers in a five car motorcade. The officers announced the capture of the three suspects

along with 7 assault weapons, 8,000 rounds of ammunition and some of the gold chains. During the press conference, the suspects travelled to the jewellery store to perform a re-enactment of the crime. Police officers revealed that they are still looking for two further robbers, one of them a taxi driver in Pattaya, who is believed to be laying low in Rayong. Police will continue their investigations and are hopeful of catching the other two in the very near future. In a further news update, on the 7th May, after intense interrogation, Mr. Gamon, Mr. Surachart, and Mr. Kasem, decided to come clean and tell the truth. They informed police officers that Mr. Sorn, one of the suspects, was really Sakon Ruksa, aged 25, a taxi driver in Pattaya, and that Mr. Dum, this was an alias, but no one new his real name, came from Burirum. After finding out that Mr. Sakon or Sorn, kived in Rayong, Police Lieutenant Colonel Chanaput, dispatched two police teams to make the arrest. One was sent to Rayong while the other was sent to the suspect’s hometown in Burirum, the police hope

to make an arrest before he crosses over into Cambodia. So far police officers have questioned 30 witnesses and have requested arrest warrants for Mr. Sakon and Mr. Dum. A police artist has made a sketch of Mr. Dum which will be distributed to the media. Mr. Gamon con-

fessed that he had bought the assault weapons from the 21st Infantry in Chonburi, although later he changed his story, claiming he had purchased them from an army camp in another country, with a border close to his Sakaew province. by Nana


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Annual Crocodile Egg Eating Contest

National Sea Interest Centre holds seminar The Million Year Stone Park and Crocodile Farm, Pattaya, was the venue on the 1st May, worldwide Labour Day, for the 7th annual Crocodile Egg Eating

A recent seminar took place at the Royal Diamond Hotel, Petchaburi, presided over by Rear Admiral, Noppadon Sutummasapa, Deputy Director of Coordination and Protection of National Sea Interest Centre Region 1. The training seminar was aimed at Petchaburi Officials and local residents,

and outlined the responsibilities, jurisdiction and history of the centre, and its endeavours to protect and preserve national resources. He explained the importance of informing local authorities of any illegal activities which may harm the sea or local environment. by Nana

Flag presentation ceremony to new cadets

The latest intake for the Thai Royal Navy, Cadet Students Class 43, recently attended a Flag Presentation Ceremony in front of the Kromluang Chumporn Palace on Mount Laempujao, at the Sattahip Naval Base, presided over by Rear Admiral Jumlong Wungdan, Commandant of Royal Thai Marine Corps. Captain Prajuab Ontamtum, Deputy Commandant of Royal Thai Naval Academy, welcomed the honoured guest along with instructors, cadets and honorary guests.

Captain Prajuab, told the new recruits that the flag presentation ceremony was an important part of the traditions of the Navy. It has been presented to every new class to boost morale and help build friendships between the cadets themselves and cadets and their instructors. The Rear Admiral wished all the cadets good luck with their studies and encouraged them to train hard and keep well disciplined to ensure a long and worthwhile career in the Thai Royal Navy.

Competition. The Chairman of the Chonburi Culture Council, Mr. Suan Panomwuttanukoon, along with Doctor Yodtong Sreewaraluk, Advisor to Nongprue Mayor,

Novice monks study scriptures in Pattaya

Over 100 Novice Monks, from the Nakorn Rachasreema (Korat) area, recently descended into Pattaya, in order to study scriptures and receive alms by attending different Temples throughout the Pattaya area. Half of the Novices attended the Chaimongkon Temple, whilst the other half attended Samukkeetum Temple in South Pattaya, both parties received the very generous alms from local Buddhists. One of the Monks told our reporter, “At least 300 Novice Monks are involved in the program, which

coincides with the end semester of the school year, and I enjoy participating in the summer training program” he continued, “We began our journey in Nakornpatom, moving onto Samootsakorn, Chaserngchao, Chonburi, and now Pattaya, this is a very enjoyable way of spreading the word of Buddhism throughout our majestic Kingdom”. The next point of call on their journey will take them to Chantaburi, where they will continue their studies and receive further alms. by Nana

Diana Group hands out annual scholarship

The Diana Garden Resort on North Pattaya Road, have for the last 21 years, supported the children of their employees with scholarships to help put them through school. On the 7th May, Mrs.

Sopin Teppajuk, Managing Director of the Diana Group, was on hand to present the scholarships to the latest batch of students, around 100 staff members and children enjoyed the ceremony.

Vol. 8 No. 17  16 - 31 May 2009 and other local dignitaries and tourists really enjoyed a fun filled afternoon. The annual competition, hoped to add a bit of spice to the lives of blue collar and the working class on Labour Day, is also well supported by a mixture of national and international tourists. This year saw 40 competitors who each had to consume 10 eggs, as fast as they could, but while maintaining table manners and a sense of decorum. As the whistle blew for the commencement of the competition, vigorous and loud fans chanted for their favourites whilst the competitors got down to some serious munching. This year’s winner, Mr. Udom Bootngam, aged 43, and a former champion, from Baanbueng, received 10,000 baht in cash, whilst runners up Mr. Payup Pansaengtong, aged 38, received 5,000 baht cash and Mr. Noppanun

Pansaengtong, aged 41, received 3,000 baht cash. Consolation prizes of 1,000 baht were awarded to Mr. Pairut Wuttanawiboon, aged 49, Mr. Suk aged 24 and Mr. Tu, aged 35, a Cambodian national. Two further honorary prizes of 1,000 baht were awarded to two female competitors, Miss Chomchin Joobanrai, aged 31 and Miss Noojjaree Sudaruk, aged 12, a 5th grade student from Tummawatee Elementary School. Congratulation to all who took part.

Emergency Meeting on Swine Flu puts mother’s worries to rest

Recently, a meeting chaired by Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunplume, together with leading officers from the Public and Private Health sectors, spoke to 100 members of the Mothers Volunteer Group, together with other concerned parties, concerning the recent outbreak of the Swine Flu Influenza Virus (H1N1), in other parts of the world. Mr. Ittipon, explained that Pattaya City in conjunction with the Bureau of Public Health and Environment, were prepared and ready to offer advice to the general public. He further explained that there is no chance of catching any virus from pork which has been properly cooked at 100 Celsius for at least three minutes, and that this particular strain of influenza is spread through coughing, sneezing and touching of

humans. Leading doctors assured listeners that after their previous experience with Bird Flu and Sars, the Public Health Authority, was well prepared for any eventuality. They suggested that travel to countries with the virus should be avoided wherever possible. If one returns from an infected area, and shows flu like symptoms, medical help should be immediately sought. Recent studies show that the virus cannot be caught from pork products, and that in humans, it is most contagious for the first five days. Spread through the above activities, plus catching it from table tops, telephones, etc. thorough cleaning of the hands, with an antiseptic wash, on a regular basis is the best precaution. by Nana

Since it began, 21 years ago, the scholarship scheme has helped 92 students, 19 were given to kindergarten students, 32 to elementary and junior high, 21 to high school, 5 to Vocational, Higher Vocational and Associate Degree students and finally 3 have been presented to Bachelor Degree Students. The children’s

scholarship program was instigated to help the less fortunate children of workers, to try and lift some of the burden of putting their children through school. It is just one of the ways that the management and owners of the Resort give a big thank you for the support and dedication they receive from their employees.

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Red Shirts surrender at Banglamung Police Station The Banglamung Police Station was the centre of attention again recently when 13 out of the expected 14 Red Shirt demonstrators, wanted in connection to the recent ASEAN Summit closure and the attack on the Prime Ministers car, handed themselves into police officers. The police station, which is the Command Centre for the investigations, and where

Pattaya Memorial celebrates 28 years in Pattaya The Pattaya Memorial Hospital, situated on Central Pattaya Road, hosted

an Anniversary Ceremony, presided over by Mr. Surasuk Yongwuttananon, Chief Executive Officer, to celebrate 28 years of Medical Care in Pattaya.

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The Pattaya Memorial was the first private hospital in Pattaya and the ceremony was celebrated with Hospital Administrators, Medical Personnel, Ancillary Workers, local dignitaries and well wishers. The event commenced with nine Buddhist Monks chanting the liturgies, to bring good luck and prosperity to workers and patients, which was followed by hospital staff paying their respects to the Brahma Shrine situated outside the hospital.

Navy organizes career day for retiring sailors

charges are filed from, attracted hundreds of supporters to witness the 13 sur-

rendering themselves to the police. Twelve Members of Parliament for the Puea Thai

Buddhist Monk looks on the bright side

The Alangkarn Theater was the focus of attention recently when greatly respected Monk, Pramaha Sompong Talapoot, gave a sermon on ‘Using morals to overcome crises. Attended by Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, and other City Hall officials, dignitaries and local residents, the event was intended to bring moral

precepts to the local community in an aim to help them forget the present economic problems. This is only one event in an ongoing ‘Buddhist Work Program’ to bring the scriptures to the masses in a slightly humorous way, but with the message of thinking positive to bring about a happy life.

Immigration Officers attend firearms training

Party, stood guarantees for most arrested, however, Mr. Surachai Danwuttanusorn, one of the suspects, stood his own bail of 500,000 baht. Mr. Sukda Noppasit, former Speaker of the Puea Thai Party, told our reporter that 100’s of Red Shirt supporters had turned out to show their support for the accused. The supporters are outraged at the unfair way the Red Shirts are being blamed for all the trouble, it is purely for po-

litical reasons. Despite tight security and high tensions, there was no sign of trouble, and indeed, some of the Red Shirt protestors presented red roses to the officers, to thank them for treating them with respect. All the charged suspects, although out on bail, have been ordered to stay in the country and not become involved in further demonstrations, or try to incite others to violence.

2,000 devout Buddhists participated in Wientien Ceremony at Sattahip Temple

Recently, the Commandant of Sattahip Naval Base, Vice Admiral Sreewisoot Rataroon, presided over the Wientien Ceremony (to march with lighted candles around a Temple), attended by 2,000 people at the Sattahip Temple, on Visakha Bucha Day. The Vice Admiral reminded those present that Visakha Bucha Day, was the day the Lord Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and passed away. This is a very special day in the Buddha calendar and

people should refrain from, killing any kind of animal or consuming alcohol or intoxicating substances, they should, however, make merit in the morning and present alms to the Monks and listen to sermons, and later in the evening, devotees should gather at the temple to participate in the Wienthien Ceremony, which entails walking around the Temple, three times, holding candles, joss sticks and flowers to honour Buddha. by Nana

Bully Convention 2009 to introduce new type of dog The Royal Navy in conjunction with the Government Department of Skill Development and the Thai Ship Owner’s Association recently hosted a seminar at the Warrant Officers Club at Sattahip Naval Base for upcoming retiring sailors. This year 95 Navy personnel attended the seminar

which offers a number of course to help pave the way for life outside the Navy, and better prepare the retiring sailors for the job market. With the option in enrolling in one of six courses, 51 students opted to train for a General Career, whilst the remaining 44 opted for Commercial Ship Training.

It is a little known fact that ‘Immigration Officers’ are not only responsible for the Visa Services they provide, but also, for their diligent works in crime investigation, which leads to the need for them to be proficient with firearms. With this is mind, officers from the Immigration Service attended a training session at the Pattaya Shooting Club, to

receive expert tuition in the use of firearms, from Police Officers from the Police Region 2. The training included how to properly handle your firearms, situations when they should be deployed and target practice. Those officers attending, who met the required level of expertise, were presented with a certificate at the end of the training program.

Walk-Run and Meditation on Visakha Bucha Day The Buddhist Holy Day of Visakha Bucha, marks the beginning of the Buddhist era, 2,548 years ago, and celebrates the miracle of the Buddha’s birth, attaining enlightenment and passing away. Buddha also achieved the goal of merging his enlightenment with ‘Nirvana’, freeing him from the eternal cycle of death and reincarnation. To celebrate this special day, Pattaya City Hall in con-

junction with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), organised a walk/run and meditation event, which was attended by over 500 people, to give honour to the Lord Buddha and His Majesty the King. People completing the 5Km walk were presented with medals and later in the evening a special ceremony was held at the Chaimongkon Temple in South Pattaya, to celebrate Viska Bucha Day.

The Central Festival Pattaya Beach was the location recently for a dog show with a difference, introducing a new breed of dog to Thailand. The ‘Bully’ Pit bull, is based on the original breed, but is bred much more muscular and stronger, starting its transition in North America. Pattaya City Deputy Mayor, Mr. Ronnakit Ekkasing, presided over the event, to showcase this little known dog breed to Thai’s and foreigners alike. Although the animals have been available throughout Asia for many

years, they are relatively unknown in Thailand. A further Convention was held at the Indoor Stadium and featured exhibition stalls from top breeders around the world, as well as a ‘Bully’ Pit Bull competition, which attracted dogs from as far away as the US, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. In excess of 1,500 dog lovers attended the convention and if you would like further information on the breed or club, please contact Mr. Kittirut on 085 060 6399 or visit the website at

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Man stabbed by friend in critical condition

In the early hours of May 3rd the police received a report of a stabbing in the parking lot of the Welcome Plaza Hotel, they quickly arrived at the scene. There they discovered the body of Mr. Jumpa Jaenglert, aged 36, laying face down in a pool of blood after having been stabbed twice. The injured man was immediately transferred to the ICU Unit at the Banglamung Hospital. According to an eye

witness, the injured man and a friend, Sayun, a waiter at the Welcome Plaza, were enjoying a drink together, when suddenly, Sayun, took out a knife and stabbed his friend before fleeing the scene. The police have filed a report and will try to locate Sayun to ask him some questions. Once the victim has recovered enough to speak to police officers, they may be able to make more sense of the whole situation.

Pattaya Tourist Police cracked down illegal workers and East European Prostitutes On the evening of the 6th May, Police Lieutenant Colonel Suwun Oon-anun, Pattaya Tourist Police Chief, received orders from the Commander of the Tourist Police, to mount an operation to round up illegal workers in the Pattaya City area and East European prostitutes from Walking Street. Early in the evening police stopped a KIA light truck containing 12 illegal Laotian and Cambodian workers, all were arrested along with the driver, Mr. Sarayoot Saowaluk from Burirum, and taken to the police station for further questioning. At around 10.30 pm on

the same evening, the Police Lieutenant led a team to crack down on East European prostitutes in Walking Street. In front of the Midtown Hotel, they spotted 7 Uzbekistan females attempting to sell their services to passing male clients. The girls were quickly rounded up and taken to the Tourist Police Station, where they confessed to illegally entering the Kingdom and pleaded guilty to offering ‘Instant Whirlwind Romances’, for cash rewards and working without a work permit. They should soon be deported from the country. by Somboon

Skulls found in ocean could be just another hoax

Local fisherman claim there are eight containers buried in the seabed, 25 to 50 metres deep, in the vicinity of Pai, Kram, and Juang Islands. The fishermen claim

they first came across this ‘Sea Cemetery’ 16 years ago, in 1993, but kept it a secret, living of the valuables they managed to recover, and they believed the skulls they discovered, would lead to them catching more fish. The eight containers, which the fishermen believe contain hundreds of skeletons, have been getting caught in trawl

nets, which have opened them, to discourage their grisly contents. Chief Village head of Saemsarn, Sattahip, Mr. Pramote Towasagoon, claims that most of the skulls and skeletons discovered, have been taken to local Buddhist Temples for proper cremation, or the fishermen have buried them, themselves. No one has any idea where the skeletons came from or how they got there, a very strange story. However, Police Colonel Weerasuk Meenawanitch of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), claimed that his experienced diving team could find no trace of the containers ever having been there. He urged the general public to take the story with a ‘pinch of salt’, as he believed the story was a hoax. by Nana


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Police raid hotel gambling room

In the early hours of the morning recently, police got a tip off about an illegal gambling den being run out of a room in the Day Night 2 Hotel, South Pattaya. As the police team quickly arrived on the scene, they managed to capture the lookout, situated outside the door, before he could raise the alarm. A quick tap on the door, and it was quickly answered by Mr. Kitsana Pukyenjai, aged 32, who was running the illegal gambling den, thinking it was new punters. What a surprise he got as a group of police

officers forced their way into the room. Inside police arrested thirteen gamblers along with 6 decks of cards, 6 dice, 1 high-low board and other gambling apparatus. Mr. Pukyenjai, confessed to renting the room and turning it into an illegal gambling den for his friends and acquaintances. Police lost no time in arresting those present, although no one would admit to being banker, collecting all the evidence for prosecutions, and taking a trip to the local police station for further investigations.

4 Drug dealers captured with drug with street value of 2 million baht

In the late evening of May 3rd, police made a number of arrests and confiscated illegal drugs with a street value of 2 million baht. As far as we can gather the operation began with the arrest of Mr. Tongchai or Krao, aged 30, who

was in possession of a 0.7 gram bag of Crystal Methamphetamine, at the entrance to Soi Sukhumvit 69, Moo 10. The arrest was made after a sting operation, involving an undercover police officer posing as an addict, ordering

Stolen motorcycle leads to two drugs busts

When Mr. Pakapone Tongkerf, aged 43, saw his motorbike being driven into Soi Bukao, after it had been stolen the night before from outside the Prima Place Apartment in South Pattaya, he quickly alerted the police who gave chase. Shortly after the police managed to detain, Mr. Sorasuk Pakapom, aged 21, as he was trying to escape into the parking lot at the Caesar Palace Hotel. After his capture, the young man admitted that he had had an accomplice, Mr. Gitti Tipruksa, aged 24, who was staying at the Prima Place.

When police arrived to arrest the second suspect, they got more than they bargained for, upon entering the room, they discovered three men and two women under the influence of amphetamines. This bust led to a further raid at the Little Court Apartments, where police arrested Mr. Suwut Sreeumgarn, aged 19, and Miss Prapussorn Kuipiapoom, aged 20, whilst they were taking drugs. The officers also found another 13 amphetamine tablets in the room. All the suspects were then taken back to the police station for further investigation.

the drugs from Krao, a suspected dealer. Mr. Tongchai, then confessed that he bought his drugs from Mr. Ekkarach, who was a major dealer, and together with police he put an order in for 765 grams. At the rendezvous, Mr. Ekkarach Sreewitus, aged 40, and Miss Utchara Gawichai, aged 27, his girlfriend, were captured in their green Honda Civic with the 765 gram bag of Crystal Methamphetamine and quickly arrested. Mr. Ekkarach, confessed that he bought the drugs from a neighbouring country before

selling them here, and then crossing the border to Cambodia to spend their ill gotten gains in the casino’s. The last person to be arrested this evening was Miss Napawun or Ning Sroisree, aged 28, who was in possession of a 180 amphetamine tablets, and who failed a urine test. She was arrested in a parking lot in Soi Nokkao, Central Pattaya, after information retrieved from the other dealers led to her whereabouts and occupation. This was a good night’s work for our local Bobbies, let’s hope they keep it up.


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Are there Poltergeist 13 Year old girl sexually at railway crossing? assaulted by 6 young men

Distressed lady drinks cleaning fluid

Whilst on duty at the Pettragooon Police Box in North Pattaya, Senior Sergeant Major Songtum Narksawus, received an unexpected guest, when Mr. Krailas Oon-wichet, aged 35, a bellboy at the Amari Nova Suite, drove a golf cart to the police box with an unconscious woman in the back, who had apparently tried to commit suicide by drink-

ing cleaning fluid. A team from the Sawangboriboon Paramedic Rescue Foundation was immediately called for, and rushed her to the Banglamung Hospital, where the young lady had her stomach pumped. Upon further investigation, the officer managed to track down an eye witness, who told him the young lady, Miss Lukkana Taotus, aged

Man found dead in bush on roadside

In the early hours of the 5th May, police officers were alerted to a dead body that had been found at the side of the road on road 331, marker 128, near the main entrance of Mount Kaepra. Police officers and members of the Sawangrojjanatumsatan Sattahip Rescue Foundation, quickly arrived at the scene, where they discovered the body of Mr. Somwung Chontonglang, aged 39. The man was found lying on his side in a pool of blood, with what appeared to be two bullet holes in his right cheek, but no sign of

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any shells or a struggle. A few days later the case got a new lead when the husband, Mr. Pradit Sooksai, aged 46, who had been living with his wife, Mrs. Peerawun or Duen Sooksai, aged 41, for 12 years, handed himself into the police and confessed to the murder. Mr. Pradit Sooksai, explained to the chief investigator, Police Lieutenant Colonel Teerawut Junsreepetch, that for some time his wife had been acting strangely towards him, she would leave

The railway crossing in front of the Nongnooch Tropical Gardens, have been getting their fare share of problems recently, with the local residents being convinced they are being operated by poltergeist. The barriers have been opening and closing at random, making no difference if there was a train or not, very spooky! However, after a very timely visit from Mr. Padon Kasipone, aged 44, chief of Banglamung train conductors and a team of repair men, the problems seem to have been fixed, or did they perform an exorcism? Mr. Kasipone told our reporter, “These crossings do not even come under our jurisdiction, however, we were

the nearest available team to deal with the problem” he continued “I wish the people would report malfunction of crossings to the railway authority, instead they spread these stupid rumors of Poltergeist to their friends, when really, it is simply a mechanical problem caused by the climate, weather or old age”. Since the gates have had this problem several innocent people have died, because of no patience, knowing there was a problem with the gates, they always ignored the signals, even when there really was a train coming. With the traffic congestion caused, this has been a harrowing time for local residents, who are certainly pleased the situation has been fixed.

30, had been heard having a heated argument with her Iraqi husband, because he had been out drinking and not returned home. Very upset and crying, she asked the bell boy, Mr. Krailas, to take her to the local 7-Eleven store. Once at the store she picked up a bottle of Vixol Pink bathroom cleaner, and wandering around the store, seemingly looking for other

items, she suddenly took the top of the bottle and drank almost the entire contents before collapsing. Mr. Krailas, rushed to her assistance, most of the other shoppers were too shocked to move, and as quickly as his golf cart would allow, drove her retching to the police box. Miss Lukka remains in a critical condition in the hospital. by Nana

home at strange hours, for no reason, and be gone for hours, he became very suspicious. With a little of his own investigating, he found out that his wife had a secret lover. One evening when his wife had left home without a reason, he tried to ring her on her mobile phone, but she was uncommunicative and kept hanging up on him. Out of his mind with jealousy, he wrapped a knife in newspaper, and rode his motorcycle around the neighbourhood looking for them. However, there was no sign of them, so he laid in wait at the scene where the dead man was found, thinking that they would have to pass that way for her to get home. After many hours, he spotted the couple riding towards him and shouted at them to stop, which they did. He then unwrapped the knife and hit the deceased man in the face and throat a number of times, before mounting his bike and riding away. He did not, as

was previously believed by police, shoot the man. He stated to the police officer that his last intention was to kill the man, he simply wanted to teach him a lesson and warn him to keep away from his wife. Upon finding out that the man had died, he believed the only action open to him, was to hand himself into the police. A police report has been filed and the man has been charged with murder.

Two young girls, Satang (alias), aged 13, and Tale (alias), aged 12, having recently run away from home, got a lot more than they bargained for when accepting the help of a group of young men playing beach soccer. Arriving in Pattaya from their homes in Bangkok, without the funds to return, they were taking a stroll along Jomtien Beach when they came across a group of young men playing beach soccer, at around 9.00pm. The men approached, and after hearing the young girl’s story, offered to show them around the sights of Pattaya on their motorcycles, before giving them money for the return bus fare to Bangkok. The girl’s agreed, however, shortly after they were driven to a construction site in Soi Nong Hin, in Moo 12, Nongprue, where the men worked, explaining they were to get money from their mother’s for the girl’s bus fare. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the young men, led by Mr. Tum, aged 17, grabbed them and dragged them into the workers accommodation at the construction site. There, the young men, led again by Mr. Tum, sexually abused Santag, leaving her with very bad bruising around the throat and upper torso. Fortunately for Tale, they decided she was too small and didn’t rape her. Whilst the six men in total, raped the poor girl, each took turns recording their exploits on their mobile telephones. The following morning, the workers, excluding Mr. Tum and Mr. Ball who had stayed behind as guards, warned the two young girl’s, on threat of

death, not to reveal to anyone what had happened. Believing they would keep their silence, the two guards allowed them to go for a short stroll, the two frightened girl’s promised to return. Instead they took flight and begged assistance from the owner of a Rice Curry Restaurant, Mr. Tongdee Iam-ong, aged 76, who after hearing their harrowing story, quickly notified the police. Arriving at the restaurant, Police Lieutenant Kib Inkaew, Banglamung Police Investigator, listened to the girl’s story, then with backup at hand, the police mounted an operation to flush out the rapists. They managed to catch three of the rapists, Mr. Piyapong or Tum Nimsamon, aged 17, Mr. Tanapone or Bomb Saengkaew, aged 14, and Mr. Roong Kettuen, aged 24, who were taken away for questioning, but the other three suspects managed to evade capture. Upon questioning, the three quickly admitted that they had tricked the girl’s and then sexually assaulted them whilst filming it on their mobile phones. The three agreed that it was Mr. Piyapong, who had instigated and been the first to rape. Satang was taken to the Banglamung Hospital for a medical examination and to be reunited with her parents. The three captured rapists however, were taken to the police station and charged with ‘sexual assault of a person under the age of fifteen years and holding a person in captivity against their will. Hopefully, the other three suspects will quickly be brought to justice and all six can then spend a long time in the Bangkok Hilton.

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Drug dealer caught red3 Slot machine gambling dens raided handed, denies all charges

Deputy Commander of Chonburi Provincial Police, Police Colonel Teerapon Jindaluang, currently acting as Pattaya Superintendent, recently led police teams to three suspected gambling dens in the Pattaya area. The first location, a rented house at the Bali Hai overpass on 3rd Road, led to the confiscation of 6 slot machines along with the arrest of the caretaker, Mr. Nuttapong Sookpun, aged 30. Onto the second location

at the Wildlife Restaurant, South Pattaya, where officers arrested Mr. Wasinsorn Pukum, the caretaker, aged 19, along with the confiscation of a further 6 slot machines. The final raid in Soi Tepprasit, at a snooker club, a further 20 machines were confiscated, including seven that had not even been switched on, and the arrest of two suspects. All the arrested suspects are due to be charged and appear in court at a later date.

Young driver crashes into restaurant and food cart

The owner of a Rice Restaurant on Moo 13, Nongprue, Mr. Wichai Papoomma, aged 40, had a surprise visitor recently when a young man, failing to control his vehicle properly, ploughed into his restaurant and continued on to hit a Chicken Soup and Steamed Rice Cart, causing major damage to the car and eateries. When our reporter arrived at the scene he discovered that the car was a complete write off, but that the driver, although taken to the hospital, had only received minor injuries. Mr. Papoomma, told our reporter, that he heard a load screech of brakes, that seemed very close, and suddenly a car was crashing through

his restaurant. He managed to warn his customers and friends, enabling them to get out of the way before anyone was seriously injured. Later that evening the mother of the young driver arrived at the restaurant to look at the damage. She explained that her son had only had the car for three days, and obviously was not used to controlling it. She apologised to the restaurant and cart owners for all the trouble and damage they had received and promised to compensate for all the damage, she was greatly relieved, that neither her son, nor any other person, had received any serious injuries. by Somboon

Young woman jumps from speeding motorcycle One young lady got a lucky escape recently when walking along Sukhumvit Road looking for a motorbike taxi. She was approached by a young man on a motorcycle, who after asking her where she was headed, offered to give her a lift to the taxi rank. She gratefully accepted, but as they approached the entrance to Soi Chaiyapruke 2, where he had promised to drop her off, he refused to stop, she had no option but to jump off the bike, sustaining minor leg and arm injuries, and shouting for help from passing pedestrians. The police were notified and Miss Junpen Sewong, aged 22, explained the events. The officer enquired if the man had been on his own, she explained that having got on the motorcycle and travelling along the road, a further two

males had appeared beside the driver and asked which house they were going to. He replied “the old house”, and at this stage she realised she was in a lot of trouble, and needed to get away. Minute later, the young girl recognised the two boys from the second bike walking into the 7-Eleven store, she informed the police officer who quickly made an arrest. The two young men, Mr. Chaiboot, aged 19, and Mr. Manote Numnaimueng, aged 17, cousins living at the same address, were taken to the Dontan Subpolice Station for identification and further questioning. A report has been filed, but the two young men, denying all charges, exercised their right to remain silent. Further investigations are underway to find the original driver.

An Irish national, Mr. Thomas Mcauley, aged 48, was recently apprehended in a police sting operation with a huge haul of illegal substances. At a press conference, Police Colonel Somnuek Junket, Banglamung Superintendent, along with fellow high ranking officers, explained that they had been tipped of that Mr. Mcauley was distributing drugs to foreigners and Thai’s alike. He was put under observation, and then a sting was instigated, with a plain clothes policeman agreeing to buy 9 grams of methamphetamine for 6,000 baht. The accused made the rendezvous with the officer, near a 7-Eleven Store in front of the Ekmongkon 4 Village, in Soi Kaotalo, and was immediately arrested. After making a search of the suspect and his vehicle, a black Toyota Fortuner, police uncovered 109 grams

of methamphetamine, 2 ecstasy tablets, 7 tablets of amphetamine, 11.4 grams of marijuana,16 grams of raw opium, 3 drug kits and 60 plastic bags for drug distribution. Along with the vehicle, a mobile phone, 6,000 baht from the sting operation and a further 52,000 baht found on the accused, police believe the total to be in excess of 3 million baht. Mr. Mcauley was taken to the police station where he was charged with ‘Possession of Illegal Substances, and later appeared in court on the 29th April. He strenuously denied all charges, claiming the police had planted the evidence, however the judge granted the police an extension to his arrest for a further 12 days in order to make further investigations. Wanting to clear his name, Mr. Mcauley made no objection to the extension.

Young man in critical condition shot by another youngster Police Lieutenant Colonel Anuchet Kassomboon, was recently on duty when he had a call of a shooting incident on the Sukhumvit Road that had left one young man in a serious condition. Quickly arriving on the scene, opposite the Big C Supermarket, he found Mr. Kiitipong Uamjaroen, aged 18, a second year student at Thai-Austrian Technical

College Sattahip, in the road next to his motorbike and in a pool of blood, being cared for by seven of his friends. The young man was immediately transported to the ICU unit at the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital. A friend of the young victim, Mr. Singkorn Tongkun, aged 17, explained the events that had led to the unfortunate event. All of the friends

had been cruising on their motorcycles along Beach Road, before meeting up with friends at the Jae Jook Restaurant. From there they had headed in the direction of Soi Tummasamukkee Temple, to meet up with other friends, and as they reached the overpass on Sukhumvit Road, they were approached by a gang of youngsters on five motorcycles. Riding along beside them, in a threatening manner, they were asked if they attended Posumpun School, they failed to respond, and suddenly one of the youths took out a pistol and started

shooting indiscriminately at them. Mr. Kittipong was hit in the right thigh causing him to lose control of his bike and land heavily in the road. The young man informed the officers that he had not seen the attackers before. Police discovered a further two bullets from the scene that fortunately had not hit anyone, only property, which they bagged as evidence. Police investigations will continue, but their belief is that the attacking gang was solely out looking to cause trouble. Hopefully, they will be caught in the near future and brought to justice. by Somboon


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Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas Samui… For a more adult orientated vacation

Bangkok, Thailand, Have you ever dreamed of the ultimate tropical island getaway, a luxurious resort with privacy and without the distractions of being surrounded by families, where you could live right on the beach and simply wallow in the attractions of your natural surroundings and the fine service that the resort offered? Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas Samui, A Centara Resort could well be your answer, for this new premium four-star resort on the island of Samui, built on the hill overlooking famous Chaweng Beach, is being marketed as Thailand's first adult hotel. "We have been looking at the market, and realised that there is potentially a strong demand for luxury spa resort accommodation that provides a romantic retreat for couples who did not want to be surrounded by children and families, where guests really could enjoy a private atmosphere," says Mr Chris Bailey, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Centara Hotels and Resorts. "Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas has therefore been developed for this concept, and now that the resort is fully

open it is being marketed to the adult sector, to honeymooners and to couples and individuals who want to get away for a quiet celebration and vacation. "This is, we believe, the first resort hotel in Thailand to be aiming exclusively at this sector of the market." Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas Samui is the third property to be operated by Centara Hotels and Resorts on Samui, and has opened only this year. Located on a hillside with a path leading down to the beach, and with views over the town of Chaweng just 10 minutes' away, the resort is designed in Southern Thai style and with its 124 deluxe rooms and villas is built on a scale that allows privacy. There is lots of space in the rooms: the deluxe rooms start at 42 sq m, while the villas start at 48 sq m. Each room and villa has its own private terrace or patio, while the larger villas offer the choice of a private pool or a Jacuzzi on the sundeck. Mr Bailey says that Centara's Club concept is an important feature of the resort, offering exclusive and private Club Lounge access to guests along with Centara signature

service of five complimentary daily meal presentations, namely continental breakfast, mid morning snacks, lunch time snacks, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails and canapés. "The idea is for complete, unashamed luxury," he says. "Our guests are given individual attention by our staff, but they also have the privacy and the peace that comes when there are no distractions such as children having their own kind of fun." There are two restaurants within the resort, one situated on the hillside and the other offering barefoot beach dining. Both serve Western, Thai and other Asian cuisines. There is also a friendly bar. Many guests will want to enjoy the full facilities of their room or villa and order in-room dining, which is available 24 hours a day. Designed as an integral part of the resort is SPA Cenvaree, which offers treatments and therapies for singles and couples in the privacy of individual pavilions, and which has a fitness centre with gym, sauna and steamroom attached. There are two swimming pools, the main pool being on the hillside overlooking the beach, with the

other pool at the beach itself. "The spa is an attraction in its own right, and is being marketed as such," says Mr Bailey. Along with all the attractions provided by Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas, there are the attractions of Samui itself. The resort is located at the northern end of Chaweng Beach, where there is plenty of peace and quiet, yet within a few minutes guests can be in the centre of Chaweng itself, with all its shopping, restaurants and nightlife. To introduce the concept, Centara is offering special room rates for limited periods during this year, in which a Deluxe Room is available at prices starting from Baht 2,950 net per night to a Deluxe Pool Villa with club benefits at Baht 8,450 net per night. For more information or reservations, please contact Tel: 66-2 101 1234 or e-mail to or visit our website at http:// www.centarahotelsresorts. com/Bhundhari

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Pattaya Mayor holds Press Conference on recent events

Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, held a press conference recently to put to rest allegations that he, and City Hall in general, had favoured the Red Shirts in the recent political unrest. Leaders from both the Yellow and Red Shirts attended the press conference, with Mr. Ittipon, explaining that there had been some misunderstandings and mistakes made, but that he, and all City Hall employees, have been, and will remain unbiased. He realised that even as the political situation in Pattaya was

simmering down, local residents still wanted answers to the how’s and why’s? At the end of the press conference, the leaders from both the Red and Yellow Shirts shook hands and agreed not to protest in Pattaya in the future, they agreed that the damage being done to the City was devastating. Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, proceeded to declare Pattaya a ‘Protest Free City’. Let’s hope both sides keep to the promise. by Thaksin

True offers 8 Mbps hi speed internet service in Pattaya

The ‘True Corporation Company Ltd’ recently held a press conference at the Royal Garden Shopping Center, to announce their new 8 Mbps hi speed internet service. With different packages to suit all internet needs and require-

ments, True are sure, they have a package to suit everyone. The company hopes that within a year they will have in excess of 10,000 subscribers. Mr. Wichao Rukpongpairoj, Managing Director of True Online Company

Ltd, explained that the new 8 Mbps system, which they launched in Bangkok, has already surpassed the10,000 subscribers level and is expanding on a weekly basis. For more information on any of the packages, please contact the True helpline on 08 2000 8888 or see the website at, although to be honest, when I was writing this news item, and wanted to give you rates and services etc. I couldn’t make any sense of it, good luck. by Nana

Tourism Council of Thailand’s 2009 Seminar

Pattaya City was very proud to have been chosen to host the 2009 ‘Together as One’ seminar, which was

held at the Ravindra Resort Pattaya. The seminar, with over 500 delegates attended, was a chance for the

different ‘Tourism Authorities’ from the length and breadth of the country, to get together and brainstorm on ways to revive the tourist industry throughout the country. Most of the top level officers from the ‘Tourist Authority of Thailand’ (TAT), and the ‘Tourism Council of Thailand’ were in attendance in this very important and prestigious event, hosted by the very capable Pattaya City. by Nana

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Fourteen handsome young men from Yale University, known as The Whiffenpoofs, or as fans worldwide affectionately refer to them “The Whiffs,” return to Bangkok to entertain audiences with their unique acappella style. Without instrumental accompaniment and in superb harmony, these charming, and very talented, young men will share their love of music, wit and comedic antics in another fast-paced performance. The Whiffenpoofs’ repertoire draws on original arrangements from many different styles and eras, ranging from classical jazz & English folk songs to Motown hits of the 60’s. This year’s performance includes musical hits made famous by composers and performers including Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Bob Marley, Jim Weatherly, James Taylor, and

The eagerly anticipated '20,000 Free Rooms', moved a stage closer recently when local dignitaries and officials, including Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, attended a meeting at the conference room in the Dusit Tanee Resort Hotel, Pattaya, to outline the objectives for re-establishing tourism in the Pattaya area. At the meeting, both national and international tourists were discussed, and measures will be implemented on short, medium and long term time scales to improve all sectors. The first measure, short term, is to offer 20,000 free hotel rooms and huge discounts at local shops and businesses throughout the area. Three further strategies will be implemented; Through the world press, particularly in Asia, the encouragement of companies to arrange training and seminars, in the fun packed capitol of the world, Pattaya. Team up with International Airlines to offer heavily

The ‘Whiffs’ Are Back and Returning to Siam City Hotel

the group’s most celebrated namesake, “The Whiffenpoof Song” written by two of the founding members and later popularized in recordings by Rudy Vallee, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and others. The Whiffs appearances extend to the New York Times, NBC Television and CBS affiliate KBTX and Vanity Fair Magazine. If you missed one of their amazing performances last year, this is your opportunity to catch them. The Siam City Hotel is proud to be part of the Whiffenpoofs tradition for the 13th year running. Show tickets are priced at Bht. 450 for adults & Bht. 200 for students. A Dinner & Show Package is available for just Bht. 1,300 for adults & Bht. 1,100 for students. Booking and reservations are contactable on: 0 22470123, ext. 1928 Khun Suwannee or 1912 Khun Suphansa.

Winning back tourists to Pattaya

New speech and hearing centre at Pattaya Bangkok Hospital

At the Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital recently, Doctor Pichit Gungwonkij, Director of the Hospital, and Mr. Tawich Saisawangwong, from Pattaya City Council, presided over the Grand Opening of the new ‘Speech and Hearing Centre’, situated on the 3rd floor of building E at the hospital. The new centre will treat a wide range of complaints including hearing, speech, balance, tinnitus, vertigo, sinus problems, allergies, snoring, etc. This is the first treatment centre of its kind in the East Region, and it will help to combat the problems caused by these complaints, ie. learning difficulties, under-

standing speech, communicating, etc. which lead to

a poor ability of fitting into the social side of life. Many of these difficulties originate from birth, so early diagnostics, will allow for early treatment. The new centre has a staff of 10 with the latest technology on hand to diagnose and treat. The centre is open daily, and further information can be obtained by telephoning the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital on 1719. by Nana

Amari Orchid Resort & Tower appointed New Japanese Assistant Manager Mr David Cumming, General Manager of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Makiko Matsushita, as Japanese Assistant Manager. Before joining Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Ms Matsushita was Japanese Assistant Manager at Amari Rincome Hotel, Chiang Mai, and Guest Relations Officer & Concierge of ANA Crown Plaza Hotel, Osaka, Japan.

discounted package tours. Offer huge discounts and free lucky draws on the special website: Furthermore, in the medium term, four further measures will soon be implemented. Offering, free accommodation throughout television, radio and print media to attract visitors. Offering sale promotions at the ‘Amazing Thailand’ Exhibition, due to be held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. Offering massive discounts throughout stores and businesses within the Pattaya area. Offering free room for seminar or MICE groups to attract more visitors. Mr. Sontaya, former Minister of Sports and Tourism and Chief Advisor of Recovering Pattaya’s Tourism Committee, emphasised the need for

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5 Regions Festival opens in Pattaya

Several leading dignitaries from the Chonburi area including Mr. Kasem Wuttatum, Deputy Governor, Mr. Uggapone Pueksawun, Deputy of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, Pattaya City Major, and Mr. Wittaya Khunpluem, Chairman of Chonburi Provincial Administration Organisation, along with fellow officers recently welcomed the Minister for Tourism and Sport, Mr. Choompone Sinlapa-archa, as he presided over the opening of the 5th Thai Travel and Colourful East Festival. The festival has been launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). cooperation from business operators in all sectors of the community. He expected Pattaya businesses to pitch in to the tune of 100 million baht to kick start this stimulus package.

Visiting each of the 5 provinces, Pattaya is the first, to help promote travel and cultures between the provinces and attract tourists, both national and international, to visit attractions and historical sites throughout the Kingdom. Products from the five regions were available to purchase at the exhibition, including food and souvenirs. It was hoped that the festival would bring an additional 30 million baht into Pattaya over the three day event, money which is badly needed in the present economic situation. The TAT has a total budget of 80 million baht for the five festivals, the next being held in the Southern Province of Nakornsretummarach, before moving to the North Eastern, Ubonrachatanee, then North Province, Pitsanuloke, and the final event will be in the Central Province of Ayhuttaya by Nana

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Burapha University Earth Day blitz at Dusit Thani down on the beach!

Students from Burapha University International College in Chonburi, Thailand visited Dusit Thani Pattaya 7 May for a familiarization trip that included a presentation on the five-star resort hotel’s outlets, as well as a mini-session on proper service etiquette for dining guests. The students were accompanied by Acting Assistant Dean Kritta-orn Chewwasung (6th, right) and were welcomed by hotel Manager Tanaphol Rodpinyo (right, partly hidden) and Vanjie Lauzon (5th from right), Marketing Communications Manager.

Free Moxibustion Meditation

Very close to the junction of Pattaya Third and South Road, next to Tony’s Fitness Centre, you will come across the Gubai art gallery of well known Bangkok artist, Jieng Sae-Jern. Originally from China, Jieng, who studied art in his homeland, also studied to become a Doctor of Acupuncture. Each Thursday afternoon he invites everyone to visit his gallery, where he conducts, ‘Moxibustion Meditation’ sessions, which are highly acclaimed as a time for relaxation and healing. The sessions are being offered free of charge for May and include a cup of his famous Chinese Tea and a browse around his splendid art gallery.

Pure blonde is best

The world renowned brewers of Fosters in Australia, have brewed a new beer that they claim is actually good for you! It boasts a massive 70% reduction in carbohydrates, has a 4.6% alcohol volume and a very smooth taste. The new beer is available at selected watering holes around Pattaya, or you can buy it off the shelf at Foodmart Supermarket, Thappraya Road, along from Jomtien Beach, at 85 baht per 355ml bottle. Still not convinced it will be good for me?

Associates at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa took part in a big beach clean up as part of Earth Day 2009. General Manager Somsak Tanruengsri (2nd from left) led a team of associates in their efforts to make the area in front of the resort a cleaner and healthier place to work, rest and play. The initiative was part of Marriott International’s Spirit To Preserve program, which aims to engage employees and guests in supporting the environment through their everyday actions at home, at work and when they travel.

Best ever rugby tournament

Pattaya’s very own rugby team, the Pattaya Panthers, have staged their annual Ruby Tournament. This yearly event had its name changed to the Chris Kays Memorial Rugby Tournament, in memory of their past captain, who was tragically killed in the 2002 Bali terrorist bombings. This, the tenth year of the tournament, was voted the ‘Best so Far’, with the newly formed, Bangkok Legends, taking both first and second places, with their new young player teams.

Watermelon mafia strikes

Whilst you wander around the fruit selling stalls of Central Pattaya, you will find that the average sized Watermelon is now selling for around 60-70 baht, good value you may think. However, be aware, in some other areas around town, the same sized melon can be purchased for around 30-35 baht. Could we suggest that maybe there is a bit of price fixing going on? Such a practice, I am sure would be illegal, however, remember the old saying, TIT, (This is Thailand).

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Bangkok Hospital Pattaya is prepared for the 2009 new-strain influenza situation


Dinner at Amor

Pattaya City Expats Club members enjoying dinner at Amor Restaurant. Located at Pattayaland Soi 3, South Pattaya.

Winner of Food Lovers Quiz Bangkok Hospital Pattaya strongly emphasizes the fact that we should all be cautious and be prepared for the 2009 New-Strain Influenza which has been spreading throughout the world. For our part, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya has prepared our staff in readiness (doctors, nurses, and patient escort teams) for the patient observation and screening processes. This preparedness has had the full cooperation of all departments in the hospital.

Filipino Faith Healer visits Pattaya

The winner of the recent Food Lovers quiz was Colin Wells seen here celebrating his win with his friend Chai and an unidentified woman who joined the party. The Balcony Restaurant provided a truly sumptuous meal which was enjoyed by all.

Central Festival branch for Chonburi

The St. Nicholas Catholic Church was recently the centre of attention when world renowned Faith Healer, Father Corsie S. Legaspi, made the trip to Pattaya, from his home town in the Philippines. Many members of the congregation along with local residents listened to a short video presentation on the Father’s work in the Philippines, and a liturgy was given by Bishop Lawrence Thienchai Samanchit. At the end of the service Father Corsie led a healing ceremony to heal the paralysed, lengthen limbs and help victims with cancer and other serious illnesses.

The hugely successful Central Festival Trading Group cannot possibly be accused of taking things easy, because of the recession. Only a few months after the historic opening of their Pattaya Mall, and with three in the pipeline for this year, their next major opening will occur with the Central Festival Chonburi. No doubt the new store will be as equally successful as the Pattaya Mall, and we wish them every success for the future.

New Green Chilli Club Iguana is No.1 again

A classy new club and restaurant, the Green Chilli Club, on Pattaya Third Road, near the set of traffic lights, recently held their official opening night. This new entertainment enterprise is backed by a number of influential business men from Pattaya, including Dr. Akawit, who has had a medical practice on Pratumnak Road for many years. The yearly membership fee of 6,000 baht may seem expensive, however, take into account the nine free bottles of fine spirits (Chivas or Black Label), that you are entitled to, and you can see what great value it really is.

The Property Developers, Iguana Company, was recently rated as the ‘Best’ in the residential and property marketing industry. The Iguana Group is the first developers in Asia to be awarded this prestigious award from the Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP). Iguana is a condominium and apartment development company who has gone from strength to strength. They currently have four projects under construction in the Pattaya area.

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by Peter Lloyd

I am back in the UK for a few weeks with my wife, who loves experiencing the cold, which is lucky because it is FREEZING. I had hoped by coming back to the UK in May that we would have lovely warm, sunny days but so far it has largely been overcast with bitingly cold winds, or sunny, even colder days. I do this trip annually, to see family and friends, and to also sort

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Back in The UK out my business affairs in the UK, which get worse annually. I may have to sell some UK real estate, so I am encouraged whenever I see the increasing headlines about the real estate market showing signs of recovery. I also have a friend who works in the conveyancing department of a high street lawyer’s office in Liverpool, who said two months ago they were so quiet they

were all worried about their jobs. Now they are all working flat out as the market has picked up so much. Coming back to the UK for a few weeks, this time following the global financial problems of the past nine months, makes me wonder even more how I can afford to live in Thailand without working. Seeing my friends go to work every day, pay mortgages, bring up

families, and have even simple lifestyles which require the generation of large amounts of money makes me feel , on the one hand, guilty that I don’t have to do it, but on the other hand also very luck that I have escaped that lifestyle by making my own sacrifices and prioritizing other important lifestyle choices, which have allowed me to live like I do in Thailand. Stll, it will take me some time to get used to freezing my rocks off in Liverpool. Maybe by the time I get to London it will be warmer.

first night back in the UK we saw a TV programme following a British police anti-paedophile unit, who had TV cameras in place when they arrested a British pervert living – guess where – in Pattaya. My argument that this was actually good news as it proves the Royal Thai police are active and aggressive in curtailing the activities of paedophiles in Pattaya, hence the publicity given to such arrests and convictions, was met with some incredulity, but it’s true. Next up was the absolutely shocking military style assault on the Jomtien gold shop, which, had I been in my Jomtien condo, I would

have clearly heard, which would have worried the hell out of me, thinking a civil war was happening. I won’t be surprised if these guys turn out to have had military-training. I don’t believe from the reports I have read and the footage I have seen, that even the police could be so professional in the execution of this crime. Nor in the way that assault rifles were carried and used and the way grenades were used in such a despicable manner against civilians. At the time of writing suspects had just been apprehended, which is good news. Some UK reports linked

this attack to the recent military-style attempted execution of the yellow shirt leader Sonthi, again by people used to firing war weapons , but this time in the streets of Bangkok (not very accurately either, it has to be said). Some commentators see this as a sign that factions in the army are beyond control of the main command structure. The final Thailand international news shocker was the triple gun murder and the shooting of a Swedish tourist in Khaosan Road, Bangkok, by (surprise surprise) a drunken Thai guy.

He was begging his wife to come back to him, then he pulled out a gun and murdered her, their son, and her new lover in cold blood on the most famous tourist street in Bangkok, with a passing Swedish female tourist getting a stray bullet in her back just to internationalise the situation, and garner further terrible headlines for Thailand, which serve to further remind nervous people planning holidays in Thailand that Bangkok is dangerous, wherever you are, even if we who think we know better believe that it isn’t.

of Liverpool music history (called Liverpool Erics, after the club which was at the epicentre of this music scene). When I flicked through the book for the entries on my bands I was shocked to find that I had been quoted at length (without my consent) on both bands, from a private email I had sent to someone 2 years ago, with no thoughts about, or any request for, publication. On reflection, after my irritation had subsided, although I regretted some of

my “in a bar, over a Chang” style of delivery – for example insultingly calling Pete Burns a “tosser”, and libellously calling someone else’s bass playing “shite”, I decided I was proud to have my contribution and involvement in this period of Liverpool music history set out and recorded for posterity. But it underlined to me how careful you have to be with what you say in emails which you believe are private.

A cold day in Liverpool

Thailand in the UK News

The scenes of red shirt ASEAN summit trouble and the mob violence in Pattaya and the attempted revolution in Bangkok, with soldiers eventually doing their jobs and clearing the streets, seem for most people in the UK, to have merged into the airport closures and yellow shirt mob violence last December, so that it looks like Thailand is a completely unstable mob-led country in the midst of a permanent civil war. Only people who live there or know the country well enough know how to stand back and put these troubling scenes into a more acceptable and less

dangerous context. I keep the knowledge that things could get completely out of hand in the future, to myself, when I am having these conversations. It is clear that so much tourism and goodwill have been lost by recent events. But Thailand just has to get on with it. What hasn’t helped are the incidental items of news I have read or seen on TV. Let’s start with our very own Pattaya, now well known (infamous?) for more than paedophiles and prostitutes in the UK thanks to the ASEAN summit fiasco. Still, that’s a start. Unfortunately on our


Regular readers may know of my secret musical past, when I was a bass player in two major Liverpool bands of the 1980s, one of which became Dead or Alive (one hit wonders with You Spin Me Round), although the other band, called Pink Military, were also very popular in the UK at the time. Anyway, I packed it all in to study and become, erm, a solicitor. But that period of bands, gigs and extravagantly dressed people made a big impression on my life.

A Misspent Youth

When I was in Liverpool last week, I bought a massive new book about this period

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The secrets of super-health Dear Editor My wife is a donation freak – to ‘tamboon’ she calls it. Every week she goes to the local wat and gives loads of money to the monks. Quite what good this does I’m not quite sure. Can you in your inestimable wisdom throw light on this matter please? Yours, Ted Franklin. Dear Ted, The making of merit by donating to worthy causes is one of the fundamental tenets of Buddhism and obviously is a very worthwhile practice, especially in a country without a government welfare system. The basic idea is to earn merit points to work off bad karma and make new, good karma so that in the next life your lot is improved. However, the basic concept of helping to support the monkhood, stray animals, the poor, infirm and ailing seems to have become lost along the way. Many donators give only to acquire ‘lucky numbers’, a favourable marriage, or to impress the neighbours. The original altruism seems now to have become giving to get immediate gratification in return i.e. for selfish ends. Ask your wife what her true motives are and remind her of the original intent. Dear Editor Unlike many others I am outraged by the latest antics of the red shirts. Don’t they realise the incredible damage they are doing to the country? What are your thoughts on the matter? Jim B. T., Soi Khaotalo, Pattaya. Dear Jim, I tend to share your indignation over the Red Shirts’ recent irresponsible behaviour. Frankly, although there are no doubt some in the ‘organisation’ who are protesting solely to restore a democratically elected government, their professed intent, I’m afraid that the majority are being cynically manipulated by their leaders. Many just go along to the protests for the sheer fun or free food and drink, or peer pressure; others go along because they’ve received monetary inducements, while others are of the same mentality as football hooligans, out to cause chaos. Any objective appraisal of their broad-scale impact is hoping for too much from people whose rank and file, for the most part, are drawn from the underprivileged and undereducated. For them to appreciate their effect on international financial institutions who the government is approaching for aid, or upon tourism, is either irrelevant or beyond them. One hopes they will see sense before it’s too late. Dear Editor, Many of my friends are bar owners who are concerned about their livelihoods with all this talk of ‘cleaning up Pattaya’. Some have even talked about going to Cambodia instead. What do you think about their prospects here? Tony Briscoe, address withheld. Dear Tony, I’m sure you and your friends are aware of the Pattaya administration’s professed plans to effectively transform Pattaya into a family and upmarket destination. This has already been going on to some degree already, but plans not yet publically revealed that we are privy to show far reaching changes, especially under the new DASTA initiative to turn the city ‘green’. I don’t think the city authorities are unrealistic enough to think they can banish the oldest profession

completely, this is Thailand after all, where the sex-trade performs a useful social welfare function, but the current situation, where beer and go-go bars, karaoke joints, ‘beauty parlours’ and brothels are widespread throughout the city, I think you will find is unacceptable. The intention, under the new plans, is strict zoning so that the sex trade will be confined to one red light district. That way, it won’t impact too severely on the sensibilities of families and the more upmarket tourists. If your friends find this policy unacceptable, then perhaps a move to Cambodia might be in order. Dear Editor, Some of my mates and me have had this argument about where Thai dance comes from. My mates say its Burma but I say its just from Thailand. Do you know the truth of where it really comes from? Fred Llewelyn-Jones, Banglamung Dear Fred, I think the honest answer is that Thai dance has evolved in-country from an art form that originated in India. It could well have received certain Burmese accretions in its passage eastwards, but the main dance form, its patterns and hand movements were definitely Indian to start with, as you can see by watching any Indian traditional dance troupe on Indian TV, for example. However, in the 1,400 years or so since the main Indian cultural traditions were brought here under the Dvaravati Culture in the 6th -9th centuries AD, the original dance form has been radically adapted so that it now has definite Thai characteristics. Dear Editor I have the misfortune to live over a karaoke joint where every night what my girlfriend calls kwai mao –drunk buffalos - caterwaul into the early hours of the morning. How do you account for the fact that Thais have such terrible voices? Yours Faithfully, Zak Churchman. Soi Noipleubwan Dear Zak, The subject of Thai singing is a sensitive one. Sensitive to anyone without severe hearing impediments, that is! Joking apart, though, it would appear that Thailand possesses a phenomenal number of people who are frankly tone deaf, including their fabled super-stars. The only way I can account for the phenomenon is that the Thai musical scale is radically different from that of the West. One only has to listen to the traditional songs to hear the difference. The recognition of correct pitch and singing in tune I had always considered a universal talent, till I came to Thailand; apparently it isn’t!

With all the current global concern over the swine flu virus (A-H1N1), it might well be beneficial to know the best ways to acquire and maintain a healthy immune system, so as to be resistant to this and any other infection likely to occur in the future. Here are some of the tried and tested ways of doing just that. Holistic Physical Exercise Vigorous physical exercise apparently increases circulation, which also increases the white blood cell count, making them more capable of fighting foreign germs. A holistic form of exercise, like the martial arts, brings mental calmness, relieves stress, and strengthens and conditions the cardio-vascular system and helps boost the immune system. The physique-toning exercises, breathing and meditation practices of yoga are another excellent way to reduce stress, increase physical wellbeing, bring peace of mind, improve sleep and strengthen the immune system. Research at the Universities of Harvard and Wisconsin proved that volunteers with eight weeks of mediation training produced significantly more flu-fighting antibodies than non-meditators. Diet A vegetarian diet can help prevent heart disease, strokes, intestinal disorders, breast and colon cancers and obesity. Raw honey,too, has been proven to boost immunity. Research conducted in several hospitals in Israel found honey effective in decreasing the incidence of acute febrile neutropenia, when high fever reduces white blood cell count in 64% of patients and 32% of the cancer patients involved in the same immunity research reported a significantly improved quality of life. Rats on the honey-based diet showed: reduced weight gain and percentage of body fat, decreased anxiety, better spatial recognition memory, improved HDL cholesterol and improved blood sugar levels. Vitamin deficiency is a major contributor to an inadequate immune system. Vitamin C, that we all desperately need, but don’t usually get enough of, especially if we smoke or drink too much coffee, can be found in fresh fruit, especially the citrus variety, and certain vegetables. Vitamin C can boost immunity, as can an antioxidant called quercetin, found in red apples as well as broccoli and green tea. Another vitamin that most people are deficient in is Vitamin D, which can be found in foods like sockeye salmon, eggs, and milk. Hygiene Good oral hygiene can not only improve dental health, but may also help to prevent other illnesses like gum disease and diabetes as Chicago public relations consultant, Joanna Broussard, discovered. She’s been gargling daily with an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing her teeth for 12 years and maintains ever since she has “not had colds. When people all around me have colds or the flu, I seem to be immune.” Basic hygiene: during the cold and flu season, wash your hands with soap many times during the day to avoid pathogens. According to the CDC, correct hand washing for 20 seconds is the most effective way to avoid the 1 billion colds that Americans catch each year, not to mention other infectious diseases. Attitude Stop worrying! Constant worrying causes cortisol and epinephrine levels to rise - and these stress hormones can weaken the body’s overall immunity. Think positive. A positive mental attitude or exercises can increase levels of nitric oxide, which help to balance neurotransmitters, improve immunity, and increase circulation, thus increasing your resistance to disease. That also applies to having a positive emotional manner, being happy, enthusiastic and calm makes you less likely to catch colds and flu. Social Contacts Rather than exposing one to more risks of infection, apparently, the more extrovert you are and the more diverse your social network is, the less likelihood of developing colds when exposed to a virus, also the less chance of heart disease and the greater chance of a longer life. Sleep Sleep efficiency is apparently one of the keys to good health. Dr. Sheldon Cohen, Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, maintains people who get into bed and fall asleep right away and stay asleep are more protected against colds than those who wake up repeatedly through the night. A good night’s sleep will restore the immune system because melatonin levels rise, which improves immunity. Now you know the secrets, you can start practising.

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by Bee McConville Can you imagine your granny in a denim miniskirt, flowing tresses, high


Style Dilemma

something more practical, comfortable and more fitting for a mature woman. Shoe heels would shrink, make-up would be severely reduced and hem lines would stay static at just below the knee. Unfortunately, many people still hold the view that the ‘older’ woman should act her age and demon-

heels, a low cut skin-hugging t-shirt and a Gossard Wonder bra? Or do you find that image altogether sad and scary? The very word ‘grandma’ tends to conjure up a picture of an old biddy in a shapeless jumper and slacks (you know, the ones with the loop that goes under the foot), a pair of sensible K-Skips with hair-do to match. Back in the day, and it

strate her growing years by curtailing sartorial flam boyance and by conforming to the accepted notion that it is only the young who can follow fashion trends. This is oh so clearly apparent when walking up any English High Street and seeing what is on offer for anyone who is more than a few years beyond the teenage years. Should a woman, who is

wasn’t that long ago, women seemed to become ‘old’ once they hit the big four-oh and immediately adopted the short, wavy sort of hair style that was allowed to go grey and would surrender easily to curlers every Sunday night. Clothes would no longer be stylish and would be exchanged for

no longer in her early youth, be shopping in H & M, New Look, Top Shop or Dorothy Perkins? And likewise in Thailand: is there really anything appropriate for a non petite, non-Thai teenager in UFO, Ten & Co, A to Z or Mango? Pena House has attempted to address

the lack of attire for older, larger women by running their X-Plus line (and whoever thought that was a good choice of name?), but hasn’t quite got it right as the sizes really are X-Plus and there is a very limited and rather frumpy choice of garment. But why should any female over the age of forty want to conform to an outdated notion of what an older woman should look like? What is wrong with enjoying all the latest fashion trends and making choices without the little voice in your head whining, ‘well at your age you shouldn’t…’ Who exactly is it that says that you shouldn’t wear exactly what you want at any age, old or young? A good friend recently told me that she was asked her age by a much younger woman and, on being told that my friend was over fifty, the younger woman looked aghast and

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and have a good figure to show for it can wear jeans (skinny or otherwise) with confidence, shoes can have heels as high as you like, and a cleavage

can still look pretty damn good! An added advantage is that by her middle years, a woman has also grown in wisdom and worries far less about what other, younger, people may think of her. When my sister became a grandmother at the ripe old age of fifty she discovered a new-found confidence which resulted in her colleagues coming to her for advice and regarding her as a wiser older sister. However, it certainly didn’t stop her wearing short skirts – she still has legs-to-die-for – or sexy tops. So rather than fear middle and later ages, or attempt to avoid the passing years with Botox and plastic surgery, let’s embrace them and vow to be seriously non-conformist in our attitude, outlook and style. If fifty is the new thirty, then roll on the seventies in the hope that we will still all look absolutely fabulous in our latest fashion choices, and if anyone dare complain, we can just lay all the blame on dementia!!

my money. Then there are those beggars with quite noticeable afflictions, such as highly visible missing limbs with scabby stumps,

whether or not they could get a normal job, despite their handicaps, or whether they are really just being rather lazy and are avoiding

probably get a desk job somewhere; if they have a pair of hands but are blind, then they could get trained up as a blind massage person, but if the have a missing hand or arm or open wounds then perhaps it’s best to lob ten baht into their cup as they would find it difficult to use a

or people with their feet on backwards, or withered limbs or poxy suppurating sores. These are a bit harder to determine as you have to weigh up rather quickly

genuine employment so that they can sit in the sun all day and not do very much. So the rule of thumb here is that, if they have two hands, then they could

computer or they might actually smell so bad that nobody would sit next to them in an office. I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie

said ’but you don’t look that old.’ What the younger woman failed to realise was that ‘over fifty’ can now look like anything you want it to; it can be fuddy-duddy and dull, or it can be youthful, vibrant and even outrageous. Just take a look at Thailand’s very own Khunying Pornthip Rojanasunand and you’ll see exactly what I mean. Luckily, things are starting to change. With the baby-boomer generation hitting middle age and beyond there has been a subtle but growing shift away from conformity and the adherence to old-fashioned social norms of dress and behaviour. Women of fifty and sixty are enjoying

the freedom of the post child-rearing years and are throwing caution to the wind. Women who have looked after themselves


Now I don’t know about you but I generally don’t give money to a beggar unless I get something back, and I’m not talking about good karma here. I don’t mind giving a few baht to an old blind man who exchanges my money for a pack of mints, or other such snack, but I definitely won’t give to a young girl or child, as they should be at school and not wasting their time accosting strangers and asking them for money. Physical afflictions don’t necessarily fall into the ‘wastrel’ category, but I only give my baht to genuine afflictions, rather than those that might not be all that they appear to be. For example, I have passed a man prostrate on the floor holding a plastic cup in his teeth encouraging passers-by to toss a few coins or notes into it. He always wears a loose shirt, presumably to hide his stumps, but I have a sneaking suspicion that he is just holding his arms firmly behind his back in the hope that he looks like a genuinely armless person. Needless to say, he doesn’t get

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Fool in Paradise it number. Sorry, Italy, you may have invented pizza but somewhere along the track you lost the plot. I love Indian food, in particular, the mutton curries. In Australia last century, lamb and mutton was the cheapest meat – even cheaper than chicken – and I once bought a side of mutton specifically to make curry. Without divulging my secret recipe, mutton has to be cooked for a long time to make it tender so I cut it into cubes and boiled it for about three hours. Then I made the curry and set it for my loving family to eat. Have you ever tried to chew, swallow and digest a rubber doorstop? That’s what it was like. The meat was inedible so I forgave my hungry children for leaving all the mutton on their plate while slopping up the curry with bread. Then my elder brother let me in on a secret. He said cooking mutton should be the same as the bushman’s recipe for cooking emu: You use a large drum

of boiling water, throw in the cubed meat and toss in a rock. He said you boil it until the rock is soft – then eat the rock! I think he was joking but I got the message. Anyway, the Indians certainly know how to cook mutton and the stuff I’ve eaten in Indian restaurants has been tender and delicious. But Asia is where all the food action is these days and, without appearing to suck up too much to my wonderful hosts, I think Thai food is the best. What self-respecting tourist could come to Thailand and not try the roasted grasshoppers? Somewhat like pretzels, they go very well with beer; a lot of beer. Chinese food is great too. I spent a year in Hong Kong and enjoyed the extensive variety very much. The stuff they served up in the Chinese takeaways in Australia was nothing like the food I was eating. For instance, did you know that fried rice is not a traditional Chinese dish? It was invented by chefs in Hong Kong restaurants

as a way to use up leftover rice. Fried rice is best made from rice which has been left to cool and dry out overnight. In 99.99 percent of China there is no such thing as ‘leftover rice’. It is all eaten at the time it is prepared. And just try asking for a bowl of Chicken Chow Mein next time you are in a restaurant in China. Or Chop Suey. Can’t be had for love nor money. Moving across the Pacific to the New World, would some American out there in reader land please explain to me what ‘grits’ are? I have worked out it is some sort of food because, according to Jethro, it goes well with something called ‘possum belly’. But is the word ‘grits’ singular or plural? In the vernacular, do you say one ‘grit’ and two ‘grits’, or one ‘grits’ and two ‘gritses’? So far, nobody has given me an acceptable explanation and I don’t want to make a fool of myself if ever I am in a posh restaurant in New York and order incorrectly. We Australians have

our own exotic dish called ‘vegemite’ which is exclusively Aussie, an acquired taste and defines our culture. For the uninitiated, as the name implies, vegemite is made from a small black mite which is harmless to humans because it is vegetarian. These tiny mites are collected, humanely crushed, and blended into a paste which goes great on toast for breakfast. Naturally, animal rights activists were horrified at the thought of these harmless creatures being treated in this way and are fighting to have them placed on the endangered species list. That would mean the end of vegemite, so the manufacturer recently set up mite farms across Australia where they breed and harvest mites specifically for the product. Then, animal cruelty experts attacked these as ‘battery farms’ where mites were kept in cramped surroundings and suffered unnecessary mental anguish during the crushing process. They said each mite required one square centimetre of living space but were only being given one square millimetre. So … you guessed it … ‘free range’ mite farms are now in vogue and the ‘Save the Planet’ lot urge shoppers to only buy vegemite made from ‘free range mites’. Remember that if you ever visit Australia, and make sure to ask your grocer.

bars (Bull Bar, Intermezzo, Forever Music Bar, Cock Tail Bar) and fine German restaurants. It is also home to Loma A Go Go (yes, a real Go Go Bar!) which a dvertises Happy Hour from 7:00pm until 2:00am, and La Grotta Pizzeria which appears to cook pizzas in a traditional oven. Back on the main road, a few beer bars are noted: Skylab, Pit Bull and Pit Bull Place have been around for a long time. Jack Bar is next followed by a nest of about six small beer bars then Fire Bar (Swedish) near the corner of the next soi. Following that is yet another large Best Friend Beer Bar complex comprising at least 20 bars. Plenty of choices with only a splattering of girls but it was only 5:30pm and a very hot

day. That, combined with the current world economic climate, meant there were very few customers as well. I suspected there may be a few bargains to be had so stopped at the Honey Bar right out front which advertises 50 baht beers until 6:00pm. Sitting there with cold beer in hand, I had the chance to discreetly survey the scene. I don’t wish to be unkind but, hypothetically, if you say the most beautiful Bar Hostesses are in Walking Street and there is a linear, sliding, beauty scale downwards the further in distance away from that vicinity, then these bars should be in Sri Racha. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the ladies at Honey Pot were sweet and friendly. A large sign on the cashier’s desk reads: “When I was young I used to think that money was the most important thing in life. Now I am old, I know it is.” Reminiscent of Money Number One – where have I heard that before?

A short distance away, the very inviting Balcony Terrace bakery (nice croissants) and The Windmill Resort Hotel are directly opposite the Pattaya Garden Hotel and Stardice Entertainment (disco) and mark the end of today’s adventure. Many years ago, The Wind-

mill was a good hotel but for some unknown reason it was altered to a Massage Parlour catering to busloads of Koreans with aching joints. Now it is back to being a hotel again. Winds of change. I’ll be back to continue my walk next issue so stay tuned for more Up Your Soi.

Exotic Food

I am somewhat of an epicure, as any recent photo would testify. As a good friend once said, “When I was young I ate food to survive. Now I eat food because I enjoy it.” And I do enjoy foods from all over the planet, finding each country has something unique to offer my taste buds. The Scots have haggis, made from sheep’s offal and ground oatmeal stuffed into a sheep’s stomach and boiled for three hours. They can boil it until the next millennium for all I care because that’s one dish I won’t be eating. The French are famous for snails. I have eaten snails but they really were a non event. The snails by themselves are rather tasteless and really chewy (like rubber) so all the flavour comes from the garlic sauce. In my opinion, you could boil up some chicken and add that sauce for a better meal at a fraction of the price. The English have pork

by Frank Thring

As promised, I am now at the Dolphin roundabout in North Pattaya ready to head further north along Naklua Road. A daunting task, but made easier by the fact the left hand side of the street holds little of interest. After ‘Resort Alley’ comprising Sunshine Garden Resort, The Green Park Resort, Woodlands Suites and Woodlands Hotel and Resort, there is nothing worth noting for quite some distance, apart from a few small German beer bars and diners. In fact, I begin my report from Best Supermarket which is actually around the corner in Pattaya North Road. This is a very good international supermarket with an extensive booze

pies and fish and chips, nowadays traditionally made by people of Pakistani descent. I have tried the original English variety which was fine but I would not recommend it to anyone with cholesterol problems. As for the Pakistani adaptation, I don’t know a lot about that place or the people. I once thought Lahore was a Parisian brothel. The Germans, of course, have sauerkraut, and they are welcome to it. This being a family publication, I can not tell you my true opinion of that central European delicacy. The Greeks serve some wonderful food and I adore olives, fetta cheese and the Greek salads. The Italians have pizza, which they probably did invent, and spaghetti which they stole from the Chinese. I did try an authentic Italian pizza when I visited that country but, to tell you the truth, I have been tainted by the fast pizzas made by non-traditional means and delivered to the door after dialling a four-dig-

inventory for anyone interested in a tipple. Next, right on the corner overlooking the roundabout, is Mr Cocktails Bar on the footpath which advertises all cocktails for 99 baht. For a little under 300 baht I could have ended this report there and then, but I decided my Long Slow Screw, Shirley Temple and Pattaya Sunset could wait for another day. Next is Old Germany restaurant, Somsong Beer Bar (formerly Bavaria Bar?) and Piccolo German Restaurant. World of Sport restaurant boasts big screens to watch your favourite sporting event while dining, then Why Not Beer Bar is on the corner of Soi 33. This small soi (about 100 metres) is worth a look as it contains some interesting

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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:, e-mail:

“I did read your letter that you have posted in the Pattaya today “Talk about law”. Your article is at flaw, quite seriously also. Foreigners under Thai law is treated as a sub class with little or no rights. I do recommend to read something about laws in western countries to compare how those laws affects life of a foreigner (non citizen). Then you’ll see the difference and you may conclude that thai laws more or less excludes the rights of the foreigners and treating

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Subjects of Thai laws

them as sub humans. I would like to see a western country try to impose the same laws for foreigners as Thailand has done.. go straight

legalize stealing from a foreigner but thai laws have done it: i.e. land ownership with a married Thai/foreign couple.

Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva

to a bookmaker and make a wager about how long time before the said country has to send some delegates to answer in the human civil rights court in Strasbourg. As a good example... No western country would

Excuse me for my harsh words. I did really get my coffee in the wrong throat when reading your words in the newspaper” We have received these candid comments from our reader who suffer


Support Toddler Play

Play is the central activity of childhood. For toddlers, play is the way they learn about themselves and their world. It is also the way they begin to master many fundamental physical, social, and intellectual skills and

concepts. Therefore it is vital that parents and caregivers understand the importance of toddler play and do what they can to support it.

Being a supportive adult means responding to a toddler’s initiations in play by expanding the scope of play while still allowing the toddler to take the lead. It takes time and patience to learn how to do this successfully. Caregivers who tailor their behaviour to the toddler’s activity and then respond thoughtfully and appropriately will help the child to move ahead in all areas of their development. The following suggestions, are ways we can be supportive caregivers in a Montessori toddler classroom or parents in a home environment. A) Prepare the environment and have a plan. B) Observe children’s play. This is very important as it is safe to say that toddler’s are valuable teachers of teachers. D) Allow the children to be as independent as they

are able. Avoid interrupting children’s play unless absolutely necessary for a scheduled routine such as lunch or a nap. In which case warning should be given , such as the sound of a musical chime or a bell. E) Let the children know that you are interested in what they do by encouraging them to talk about their play. F) Be available to assist children when your help is needed. G) Encourage the children to explore and experiment with open ended materials in their own ways with the least amount of direction. H) Reserve the word “no” for messages about safety, instead the toddler should be encouraged to use the materials in a different way. I) Avoid needless conversation with other adults. Most of all, enjoy your time together, toddlers are on a fascinating journey of discovery, constantly

from the injustice in Thailand. We will never try to be a devil’s advocate either for our government or intolerant Thai spouses. We regularly digest and report all Thai laws to you as a matter of fact. As we always said that law is not equated to justice, the enforcement or application the law will have to diffuse justice to all subjects of the laws. The core of cynicism of Thai law is mainly on the protectionism of the foreign ownership. However, we always find out that many foreigners are abused by their Thai spouse not the Thai legislation. As you can get from our articles, we try to find out the justice in the Thai laws for you with the concept that “love is not negotiable but property is”. Only the light of wisdom and knowledge may lead you to the justice learning new things. At the same time, they are wise beyond their years! It is important to pay close attention as they have so much knowledge to impart. There is nothing more wonderfully glorious than looking at the world through the eyes of a toddler.

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in this land. Our prime minister made the interview with CNN that with the education in Europe he became more disciplinary and tolerant. We should ask him with the candid questions whether all foreigners are subjects under Thai laws WHO MAY ENJOY THE JUSTICE AND EQUALITY UNDER THE RULES OF LAWS by quoting he Universal Declaration of the Human Rights:“All are equal before

the laws and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination” You may not ask only our prime minister but also your Thai spouse to answer in the Human Rights Court in Strasbourg for their intolerance. It shall be written, it shall be done.

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Ursula Antiques Clearance Sale Hundreds of antique Chinese pieces of furniture and decor items at extremely low prices. Ursula Antiques Clearance sale is now extended until May 26, up to 80% discount. Located at Third Road next to Pattaya Driving Range towards North Pattaya Road. Call 038.415.431. A Bollywood Affair Indian by Nature will be hosting a charity dinner, “A Bollywood Affair”, on Saturday 23rd May 2009 in benefit of Mercy Center. It will be an evening filled with Indian flavours, dance and music. Tickets are priced at 1,200 baht per person and include a buffet dinner with a complimentary glass of Kama cocktail. For each ticket sold, 500 baht will be donated directly to Mercy Center. Limited seated so buy your tickets in advance. For further details or to purchase tickets, please contact Kavita Lamba on kavita. or call on 087 618 5117 or 038 364 656 (Avninder at Indian by Nature). Summer Madness at Amor Great savings at Amor this summer! From May 1 To September 30. Early Bird Discount! Enjoy a 20% discount from 5pm. to 8pm. Also, enjoy their Financial Crunch Busters 3 Course Menu for Only Baht 280+(Early Bird discount does not apply). See the menu details at http://www. html. It’s Mango Season and as in the past they have prepared a delightful selection of Mango Drinks, Main Course Dishes and Desserts. Call 038.710.680 or 081.945.5396 for more info. Benihana calls for Early Birds The Early Bird catches the best deals at Benihana. From now until June 30th 2009, diners who arrive between 17.00-19.00 hrs will benefit from a fantastic Early Bird offer. The package includes a mouthwatering Teppanyaki main course, a Benihana salad, Japanese onion soup, steamed rice and green tea! The Early Bird deal is available every day except Fridays and costs just Bath 500++ per person. For more information and reservations please contact 038.412.120. 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 Buy 1 Get 1 at Sivara Spa From now on until 31st October 2009, treat yourself and a loved one with this special 2-for-1 offer, where you can both enjoy various Sivara Spa packages, from 1.5 up to 5 hours… It’s time to relax and rejuvenate together, in complete luxury! Call for details and

reservations on 038.418.418, to bring a little balance back into your daily routine, relax and recentre… For more info, contact and visit 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. 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 Fantastic Foie Gras at Mantra in July Culinary extravagance, Foie Gras tantalises your tastebuds with mouthwatering creations, throughout July. Delight in the many different styles of Foie Gras, innovated by Mantra’s Superchef Supachai. Tempt your appetite with Foie Gras Sushi, Bruschetta, Spring Rolls or Dumplings. Indulge your gastronomic desires with a plethora of flavoursome sensations, including Foie Gras Pizza, Gratinated Beef, Risotto and many more phenomenal cuisine ideas. For reservations and more info, contact 038.429.591 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. Ole Ole Fiesta Party Steps & Rhythm Dance Academy presents ‘Ole Ole’ Fiesta Party’ on Saturday 13th of June at ‘The Venue’ in Jomtien Complex. Tickets 550 baht, includes mexican buffet, social dancing, dance shows, lucky draw. For details and tickets, please contact Stephanie on 0895 444842,, A new showbar in Jomtien Jomtien’s newest and luxurious showbar for all, will be presenting soft openings from May. Further news of the Grand opening on June 3/4/5/6/ will be announced soon. Beautiful showbar/15 rooms/Spa and swimming pool. For more info, please call 087.127.4027. 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 PILC Coffee Morning The Pattaya International Ladies Club coffee morning will be held on Tuesday 19th May from 10.30 am at Moore Bar & Grill, Second Road. Members, guests and ladies of all nationalities are welcome. Reservation is necessary by 2.00 pm Saturday 16th May. Please contact Alvi Sinthuvanik ( on 081 864 5754 or Connie Kwok ( on 087 784 9151. 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 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!! ‘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 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.

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 2 days before you wish to start.

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by Kris & Noi Do you have a question about customs, culture or life in Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi at: Dear Kris & Noi, I’ve travelled around a bit and I think that Thailand, and especially Pattaya, attracts some very strange types of expats. Regular bar huggers have all been bored at some time or other by some drunken fat old fool spinning fairy tales of how he was special forces and killed so many people. Then there are the old hippies who still think we are in the 60’s, very dodgy characters who cannot return to their own country, and of course men who, whether because they are very shy, extremely unattractive or just socially inept, have to pay for female, or male company,


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and come here because sex is cheaper than back home, and perhaps more available. Is there some worldwide travel agency that advertises Pattaya as the best place for a whacko to have a holiday? Fairly Normal Observer

It does seem sometimes that Pattaya beer bars are retirement homes for former special forces, spies, pilots, and captains of industry; you don’t often hear men bragging about how they worked a forklift or collected garbage. The tales are pointless too, as other expats are not interested, and the girls don’t care whether your background is secret service or the local council, as long as you pay up. Some ageing expats, when they arrive in Pattaya to obtain young crumpet, seem to step back in time and want to look and dress as though they are young again, so you see plenty of old codgers with

grey ponytails and ear studs, and some go for large tattoos. As long as there are girls who are welcoming and available, Pattaya will attract more than its fair share of oddballs along with the more normal punter. But most are harmless, and help to make Fun City such a colourful hotchpotch of humanity.

Dear Kris & Noi, An Englishman complained recently about his treatment living in Thailand compared to how a married Thai is allowed to settle in England and be able to work, and own a house. Well I’m a retiree too, but I am sympathetic to why the Thais make it difficult for foreigners to live and work. Ordinary Brits feel that their country is far too easy in allowing people to settle and run businesses. Foreign businessmen buy property and companies then dodge paying taxes by claiming

overseas residency or other tricks, and foreigners take jobs from us. I’m not racist, I’m married to a foreigner and living happily in her country, I just believe that countries should care for their own people first. Thailand didn’t ask me to come here, why should I expect to be allowed to work? Our house is in my wife’s name, but when I die it’ll be hers and the children’s anyway. At times I curse the immigration laws too, but I also appreciate that the Thais have to be careful. Robin Didn’t think we would ever hear from an expat actually praising Thai immigration laws! Many expats, not just the British, will agree about what they perceive as lax immigration laws in their own countries, especially now that unemployment is rising so rapidly. But we said before that it is misleading to compare the immigration

Vol. 8 No. 17  16 - 31 May 2009 laws of two countries with such diverse circumstances. Regarding Thailand, you do make a good point about the employment rules; you came of your own volition and as a retiree too. However, what about the skilled worker whose talents could benefit and educate the locals— shouldn’t he be allowed to work here without going through the tortuous and expensive work permit procedure? As for house ownership, joint names would provide peace of mind, not just in the event of a break-up but if the wife should die first; also a single man could buy a house. However, the greatest complaints from expats here are that the immigration rules are constantly changing, often without warning or proper notification, sometimes backdated, and almost invariably more difficult, and that makes people feel unsettled. Dear Kris & Noi, I don’t know why so many expats get into such a lather about girls charging too much, and calling them greedy and other less polite terms. Most of us come from

capitalist countries, and aren’t the girls just being capitalists? They have a product that is in demand, in fact a product that is unobtainable for most customers in their own countries. So they try to obtain the best price—whether or not you want to pay is up to you. If you don’t agree, move on until you find what you want, or go home alone! Citizen Smith Too many expats expect the girls to lower their fees because the poor exchange rates are affecting their finances. However, it’s doubtful whether any expats paid the girls more when the baht was very weak a year or so ago. In fact basic short and long time prices have hardly altered for many years, although of course the most beautiful and in-demand girls will ask for more. Some punters consider the prices set in stone, ignoring the fact that the girls’ cost of living is rising along with the rest of the population. They are selling the use of their bodies, so are entitled to try for what they consider they’re worth.

Jesters Care for Kids distribute last of the 2008 finds!

by Ingrid Cunliffe

On Tuesday, April 13th, Jester Wild Bill and myself, armed with 56,000 baht, the remaining funds from the mammoth Jesters Care for Kids Charity Drive 2008, were distributed! OPEN AID, a Pattayabased charity that is fairly new on the scene was the beneficiary for this money. OPEN AID helps young girls and women at risk within Pattaya and in the north of Thailand. They run education programs for young girls and their families, who live in high risk areas, where girls are trafficked into prostitution. Their aim is to provide a comprehensive education and economic development program to give them better career options in life. Staff is extensively trained at Open Aid to instruct teachers and care- givers in

5 different schools, at present, to manage these initiatives. OPEN AID director Justin Whitecross and his team are doing a wonderful job here! Jesters plan to continue to support this project into the new charity year for 2009. If you would like to donate to the Jesters Care for Kids Charity Drive this year and help this project, please visit our website at www.care4kids. info. Please also note these dates in your diary: - Jesters Children’s Fair and family outing at the Diana Garden Resort, Saturday 13th September - Jesters Party Night at Jameson’s Pub, Saturday, September 19th, which is an evening of auctioning items, drawing Grand Raffle Prize winners and loads of entertainment.

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Let’s be fair Or, let’s just be stupid

by Alan S. Brown

It was recently reported to me, by a usually unreliable source, that at a city council meeting with Pattaya and Jomtien beach chair vendors, it was agreed (or decreed?) that the concessionaires would no longer be permitted to rent out the more comfortable sun beds. So, those tourists and expats who would like to be more comfortable and are willing to shell out the extra baht are out of luck. They’ll have to make do with the uncomfortable deck chairs like the rest of us poor slobs. “Why, pray tell, did they come up with this regulation?” I hear my reader asking. The answer is simple: it is unfair competition for those beach chair vendors that can’t afford to purchase the more expensive sun beds. I think this is great. This is

Recently my friend Fardley Nerdwell and his Thai girlfriend Noy visited the island paradise of Koh Samui. Fardley reported on their adventures: Me: How did you get to Koh Samui, Fard? Fardley: We flew. Noy had never flown before. She was a little nervous, especially since there was news on TV of two major plane crashes just before we left. But my sweet mouth poured honey on her fears. “Those were big planes, Noy,” I told her. “Big planes crash.

equality at its best. You want to relax on a comfy sun bed? Then, go to Phuket. Tourism numbers are sky high here in Pattaya. We don’t need you. Seriously, this concept is so brilliant that I think it should be extended to all businesses and aspects of life here, in Pattaya, and in the whole of Thailand. Let’s start with the bane of my existence: terrible Internet service. Henceforth, all Internet providers (CAT, True, Loxinfo, etc.) will have to downgrade their service to meet the low standard provided by TOT. It is hereby decreed that all providers will have extremely slow speed connections, regardless of what the customer is paying for or was promised. What’s more, service interruptions will occur a minimum of fifty percent of the time. Other wise, these other companies

would be unfairly competing with TOT’s crappy service. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that these other companies give anything approaching good service.

It’s just hard to match TOT’s sub-substandard service. Fine dining restaurants such as Manhattan’s and Bruno’s, just to mention two, as of this moment, will no longer be permitted to serve tender, juicy, imported beef. In the interest of fairness, all restaurants must serve the same old, tough local beef or buffalo (or

Vol. 8 No. 17  16 - 31 May 2009 whatever it is), so the local hole-in-the wall, which can’t afford expensive, imported meat, can compete. Shops, whether they’re local mom and pops or hyper stores, will not be allowed to stand by their products. If it doesn’t work: tough noogies-- no returns; no exchanges; no refunds. Actually, this is pretty much the standard, anyway. Then, there are the bars. No imbibing emporium will be allowed to lower drink prices, offer premium booze at normal cost or present discounted drinks during “happy hour” in order to gain a competitive advantage over rival businesses. Of course, there can be no more free food to celebrate the boss’ birthday, the bar’s anniversary or other such tomfoolery in order to lure in customers. (Sorry, balloon chasers.) In addition, any pole dancing establishment that has above average ladies or guys will be immediately shut down. Rumor has it that there’s a cinema, here in Fun City, that actually offers senior citizen and student discounts. I won’t mention the name of this scandal-

ous theater, as it may draw moviegoers away from other locations who don’t offer this reduction. Suffice it to say that the Parity Police will soon be paying them a visit to stop this shameful practice. This new era of equality will also apply country wide. Pattaya is a beach resort. Unfortunately, there are those who are turned off by its traffic congestion and not so pristine beaches and bay. Therefore, Phuket, Koh Samuii and all other beach destinations will be required to dump garbage and sewage into their water and onto their beaches so Pattaya can remain competitive with these destinations. Other countries cannot be let off the hook, either. All nations in the region, in the interest of fairness in competing for the ever dwindling numbers of tourists, must arrange for some sort of protest or insurrection that results in their airport being shut down or the cancellation of an important international conference. I hear my reader (you know who you are) asking, “Isn’t there another way?”

Don’t be ridiculous. Are you suggesting that those businesses who offer below par services or products try to compete by improving their

colonic enemas, yoga classes, courses in fasting, and an unusual drink called the liver flush. The food was all vegetarian. Me: Wooo. I bet Noy didn’t stand for that very long. Fardley: Me neither. I learned a great lesson at that spa: a tofu BLT sandwich is not really a BLT sandwich. After a day of eating shredded cabbage-and-carrot salads with goat-yogurt dressing, we fled to restaurants that served meatier fare. Me: Any adventures? Fardley: Yep. We took a tour that was unique in my experience anywhere in Asia. It’s the only tour I’ve ever been on where, at the end of it, the guide did NOT take us to a jewellery shop, flash boutique, or upmarket handicrafts shop where we’d be hustled into buying souvenirs at grossly inflated prices on which the guide got a handsome commission. Me: Your guide must have been a deviant. If he persists in such aberrant behaviour, I’m sure that guides from other companies will eventually assassinate him for breaking a time-hallowed tradition. Fardley: It was a good tour. We saw elephants, monkeys, a waterfall, several impressive temples, and a mummified monk. This old dude had died 30 years ago, but his body hadn’t decayed. They had him propped up in

a meditating position. Me: What did he look like? Fardley: Something like those photographs you see of the mummified corpse of Rameses II. Very cadaverous. Me: Desiccated? Fardley: That’s the word. But they had put sunglasses on him, which gave him a jaunty air. RayBans, I believe. Oh, and we saw the Grandfather and Grandmother rocks—two erotic rock formations. The Grandfather Rock looks remarkably like a gigantic upraised penis. The Grandmother Rock, close by, is a huge cleft in the rock from which water gushes forth. It has an uncanny resemblance to a vagina. Me: I hope you didn’t get too excited. Fardley: Actually, it was so big that any man who looked at it would be seized by severe feelings of inadequacy. Noy wasn’t impressed by the Grandfather Rock, either. It was big, but it was crisscrossed with deep cracks that looked like scars. “Him naughty grandfather,” Noy joked. “Have VD.” Me: That’s disgusting! Fardley: Ah, but it gets worse. One evening I had a cathartic experience. For one brief moment I stared into the Abyss, the heart of darkness, the yawning emptiness that lies at the base of all our lives. A mere glimpse of this can turn a man into a psychotic, a babbling idiot, or a zombie, and

leave him paralysed with horror forever after. Me: Good heavens! What was it, man? Fardley: In the spa we stayed at, they had signs posted reading “Quiet Zone.” This was intended to provide a contrast with the rest of Thailand, which is a Noisy Zone. And it succeeded. In the evening, as I sat out on the balcony gazing at the banana trees, there was absolute silence. Not a single sound. I was traumatized. Me: You mean you actually experienced silence in Thailand? No roar of traffic? No thumping disco beat? No heavymetal cacophony thundering from nearby amplifiers? No screaming of touts and chattering of vendors? No rattling of jackhammers chopping up the sidewalks? Fardley: No, there was none of that. There was no sound at all. It was terrifying. I was utterly unnerved. I fled inside and turned on the TV at top volume so that I could feel normal again. It took me about five minutes to stop shaking from fear. Me: With horrors like that awaiting the unsuspecting tourist, I’m amazed that anybody ever goes to Koh Samui at all.

Fardley and Noy Visit Koh Samui

Small ones don’t. We’ll be flying on a small plane.” Me: Did she buy that? Fardley: Probably not. She insisted that we sit in the back, so that if the plane crashed, we’d die last. Me: Very sensible of her. How did she like Koh Samui? Fardley: At first she didn’t even want to go. She figured Koh Samui must be a barren desert populated by savages—not a cosmopolitan, trendy, hi-so place like her native Buriram. “They will be riding buffaloes and chewing betel nut and wearing loincloths and bathing out of big jars,” she predicted. “No telephones! No Internet! Only drums, like in Africa. There will be nothing to eat but dung beetles and bananas.” Me: And what was it really like? Fardley: Civilized beyond her wildest dreams. She was gratified to find icons of traditional Thai culture like McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, Big C, and TescoLotus. When she saw a Swensen’s, she was sold. Me: Did she go swimming? Fardley: No. She was scared of sharks. Me: Errrr…Didn’t your hotel have a swimming pool? Fardley: Yes, but Noy says sharks are clever. They can sneak into swimming pools when nobody is looking. I bet you didn’t know

that. Me: No, I didn’t. But didn’t you tell her that sharks don’t eat little people—only big ones? Fardley: I did, but she didn’t buy it. She figured the sharks would go for little people like her because they’re more tender. Me: How does Koh Samui compare to Pattaya? Fardley: There’s a lot of unspoiled jungle on Koh Samui, but certain areas on the beaches are similar to Pattaya. They have bar strips on Lamai, and especially Chaweng. Lots of upmarket restaurants and resorts. I was shocked at some of the prices. At one posh beachside restaurant, they charged 120 baht for rice soup. Spicy papaya salad was 220 baht. An orchid in your orange juice jacked the price up to 75 baht. You’re paying for the ambiance, not the food. I’ve coined a term for this outrage. I call it upmarket rape. So, in general, I’d say that Koh Samui is something like Pattaya, but more expensive. And more genteel. Me: More genteel, eh? What would a genteel Pattaya be like? Fardley: Like Koh Samui. The genteel factor was enhanced by the fact that we stayed at a NewAge type spa that offered a wide range of massages, herbal cleansing therapies,

product? Instead of banning sun beds, for example, maybe the city could offer low interest loans to the vendors so they can buy a few of the more comfortable lounges. I’m sure that enough beach goers would be willing to pay the extra charge for the more comfy accommodation to make it profitable. In any case, is it really fair to punish those businesses that want to provide better service or accommodations and have the money to invest in same (maybe as a result of good business practices) because they’ll compete with those that can’t or won’t. The answer: of course it is. We must always cater to the lowest common denominator.

S. Tsow can be flamed at, except when he’s wondering why anybody in his right mind would ever want to go on vacation to a place that has Quiet Zones.

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Avatara Condominium is more than just a property The ‘Avatara’ Condominium is more like a real home, where you can enjoy life, but also offers a tremendous opportunity for investors. It is a ‘golden nugget’ located in the heart of Jomtien Beach, overlooking the sea, at one of the most desirable locations in today’s Pattaya. Avatara Condominium has that rare combina-

tion of great design and excellent quality, but also affordability. Construction started when prices where low, and as you will see; there have

been no price increases for this superb location. It’s the perfect choice for holidaymakers and weekend breaks, as well as for those who choose to stay longer. Rooftop swimming pool, with breathtaking view over the ocean, fitness gym for the health conscious, located on the top floor with sea view and sky garden, beside the pool and

Jacuzzi-area. There is also a reception service, underground parking and security facilities to further enhance your investment.

It’s not a large super complex, more like a cosy home, trendy, but practical, a fusion of elegance and excellence. It’s exclusive, we are looking at design and luxury, it is a private place, something special, something rare. Located in Jomtien Beach and easy to reach from all parts of Pattaya. Closest neighbouring project is the famous ‘Reflection Pattaya’ by Major Development. This part of Jomtien

The functions and practicality of each unit are integrated delicately with unique styles to please your individual tastes. Beach front has a total of 12 units while sea view has 18 Units. Unit sizes range from 58m2 to 67.3m2, and price start from 3.245.000 Baht. The project developers Logans Thailand Co, Ltd. are already a well established developer on the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand. Logans concept, with

Beach is now becoming the area where highend projects are located, with easy reach to Pattaya centre as well as the airport and tourist attractions. The Avatara Condominium caters for those who want a high-end living, with personality, at a very affordable price.

the Avatara Condominium, is to create a development which is available to Thailand residents and visitors in search of modern Thai design and functionality, at affordable prices. Avatara Condominium will combine traditional notions of resort living with a modern lifestyle,

offering a variety of views towards the sea or gardens, within easy access to all that Pattaya and Thailand has to offer. Avatara Condominium’s are now ready to

move in. The onsite sales office and show rooms are open from Monday to Saturday, 9.00 am till 6.00 pm. Visit their website at for more information.

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The state of play in Thailand’s other resorts’ property markets

The general consensus among leading property brokers and analysts is to expect a 10-30% price ‘correction’ as resort property sales decline, with Phuket being the most resilient, and Koh Samui, Hua Hin and Pattaya the hardest hit. Others contend sales will simply stagnate until the market recovers over the next two years. The projects which are most vulnerable are those which are currently 30% sold with an obligation to build, but with insufficient resources to complete. Here is an analysis of the property markets of Pattaya’s contenders. Phuket Phuket has been hard hit

recently due to its property market being predominantly international and expat, so much so that as in Pattaya, many real estate agents have substantially reduced their sales forces or asked their staff to accept cuts in salaries and developers like Raimon Land have put prestigious developments, like Amalfi, on hold. Sales are stagnating, with an increasing number of hard-pressed developers, especially mid-market ones offering discounts and other incentive packages and off-plan sales rapidly losing their lustre, as they have in Pattaya. Purchasers with the wherewithal are largely becoming more reluctant,

increasingly circumspect and more inclined to do their due diligence; once again similar to Pattaya, where, in some cases, property deals that would previously have taken 3 days are now taking 40 weeks. Rather than offer substantial price reductions, most developers seem to be holding firm or putting developments on hold, resulting in a flat-line market, but if the international financial climate continues to deteriorate, price cuts are inevitable. What sustains Phuket, however, is its international upmarket reputation, its luxury hotels, medi-care facilities and its 4 marinas with the resort’s traditional role as a backup destination for worldweary, would-be-circumnavigational yachtsman, intent on trading in their yachts for property and out of all Thailand’s resorts, Phuket may be most able to keep its head above water. Hua Hin As Thailand’s most venerable beach resort and the most favoured by the Thai

Royal Family, Hua Hin has traditionally catered to the high-end Thai market, with local purchasers representing 70% of sales, although international buyers, mainly Brit and Scandinavian retirees, are beginning to make their presence felt. Developers have also been largely major Thai listed companies and family concerns, rather than international-based; a factor which has inspired confidence amongst Thai buyers. Whilst experiencing a boom from 2003-5, Hua Hin subsequently lost out to Phuket and Pattaya; however, recent development increasingly recognizes the town’s attraction and proximity to Bangkok and has been staunchly upmarket, retreating inland or along the coast towards Prachuab Kirikhan as the town’s beachfront became filled with hi-rises and latterly mid and low-rise condos. Hua Hin’s lower price range and predominance of Thai buyers will, no doubt, serve to sustain its property market through the reces-

sion, although having considerable leverage, they may force a price reduction. Koh Samui Koh Samui is the most vulnerable of Thailand’s resorts as the property market is comparatively underdeveloped, however developments started by up-market, brand-

still well-heeled buyers are seeking bargains, substantial discounts and are more circumspect than ever before, but because most developers are holding out rather than cut prices and thus reduce profit margins, the property market, especially the residential one, as elsewhere, is stagnating. Those bargains

ed resort chains and hotels just prior to the commencement of the economic tsunami and which are still on line, will do much to sustain the island-resort. Sales here, as in Phuket and Pattaya, have plummeted, due to falling liquidity among the main buyers, who are largely international and ex-pats. Here, too,

which currently exist are most likely to be from hardstrapped, mid-range developers with too much inventory to sell off in order to break even, or continue to finance construction; some of these will undoubtedly flounder before the market picks up in what is generally agree to be at least two years hence.

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MBMG International’s 1st Quarter Review

by Simon Philbrook The first quarter of 2009 was a game of two halves. In January and February, the MSCI World fell close to 20% in USD terms and then recovered 7.5% in March (and even more into early April). Gold bullion also had a choppy ride from USD830 up near USD1,000 and back again. From a macro economic perspective, one of the main talking points of the first quarter of ‘09 has been the much heralded green shoots of recovery which started to appear and that seemed impossible midquarter. However, there was far too little commentary about just how sustainable these are and whether this is not just a typical blip or dead cat bounce on the road to far greater declines ahead. The real big picture issue of the massive risks associated with personal, corporate and government debt levels still remain. As we commented recently: “The outcome will only become clear as we watch the aftermath unfold before us. However, we’re not sharing in the desperate optimism of those national leaders or equity-philes who are saying green shoots will appear. The problem is they will need that amount of ongoing ‘stimulus’ to keep growing… and as we all know that doesn’t make sense at all. So all the stimuli so far are really fertilizer poured atop an arid desert…and we all know what fertilizer is made from. To our minds the current packages of good money thrown after bad have always been vast steaming piles of wasted fertilizer.” CASH & GOVERNMENT BONDS We have continued to maintain high levels of cash in the first quarter of this year, invariably in base currency. Currency volatility is now settling down as resource currencies have been regaining their poise and the GBP has recovered from very much oversold levels. We remain extremely suspicious of USD although any weakening so far has been both limited and gradual and rather suspicious of resource currencies. Euro is now a major short term risk and we believe that the Swiss Franc is facing unprecedented levels of risk because of its position as a financial currency at a time when huge risks remain within the financial system and also because of the specific difficulties now facing Switzerland as the OECD tries to redraw the world banking

map with a very different and much reduced Swiss position as a punishment for the previous ‘crimes’ of UBS and others. Singapore Dollar is losing some of its lustre as the government there has made it clear that it wants to sacrifice currency strength on the altar of boosting growth. Singapore’s economy plummeted in the first quarter, as Gross Domestic Product plunged an annualized, seasonally adjusted 19.7 percent in the first quarter from the previous quarter and the government revised forecasts for the economy to shrink between 6 percent and 9 percent this year from a previous forecast of a drop between 2 percent and 5 percent. Baht remains an attractive financial proposition although politics remains a wildcard and the events of Songkran may cast a very long political and economic shadow over the country. Talk of partitioning is even becoming more widespread as divisions become more entrenched. Our core holding in Government Bonds has remained stable - predominately PIMCO and Thames River Capital managed fundswith a long treasury focus. Wehave not changed our view that inflation is not a worry for the foreseeable future, particularly given increased capacity in the global economy. We remain extremely concerned about protracted asset deflation due to the massive debt overhang. Governments are doing what they can to try to ensure that the increased money supply hits the real economy but they can’t contiue to stimulate at these levels indefinitely and further signs of economic activity falling off more cliffs remain our biggest concern. Therefore, unemployment is another key aspect for this year. CORPORATE BONDS As recovery seems extremely distant, we remain cognisant that illiquidity in the traded corporate debt, loans or preference share markets are distorting prices but that in the longer term investors are being rewarded for the upcoming default risks, with spreads on BBB’s well in excess of those of the 1930s. The opportunity remains but patience and an extremely selective appetite are required.

EQUITIES Our equity exposure fluctuated during the quarter as we reduced exposure early January but then sought to buy on the extreme weakness early in March by purchasing a US Large Cap Growth ETF and then finally took profits at the quarter end. In simple terms buying the S&P every time it dips below 700 and selling above 800 could be a theme trade of ours this year although caveat emptor as to the actual form and timing of the trade. In recent decades, emerging market stocks have almost always led the benchmark index when the world economy was in a transition phase from recession to recovery and although we still think it is a

bit too early to be too bullish on any equities, we’re getting closer to the time when emerging equity vigilance for buying opportunities will be needed. Maybe the opportunity will be next year but eyes and ears need to be open from now on, although understanding China’s current situation is an important driver here. China reported its worst quarterly economic growth in nearly two decades. Although growth of 6.1% may sound attractive at the headline level it was lower than the 6.8% expansion in the fourth quarter of 2008, and significantly slower than the 13% 2007 full year growth numbers.

COMMODITIES Gold bullion has remained a “buy on the dips” strategy in the fund this year. As stated earlier, the price has been volatile moving between US800 and USD1000 during the period. However, whilst the short term charts do not look particularly positive for the yellow metal, or silver, the long risks to sovereign debt and currencies make these precious metals a hold. Gold remains a core holding in our portfolio, as it remains the only true currency that cannot be manipulated – i.e. printed by central bankers. Currency markets are an ugly contest with each one trying to out do the other in order to depreciate their currency, hence gold is one true store of value. Asfor other physical commodities and mining companies, we reduced this exposure in 2008 and have not increased the exposure as yet. In fact, the recent rally in these stocks is probably a further selling opportunity. COMMERCIAL PROPERTY The number of distressed commercial property situations becoming available has been disappointing in terms of buying opportunities and at this stage we remain wary about increasing our exposure. Despite attractive yields on UK commercial property funds, we are staying away from UK REITs for now, as falling asset prices and constant debt levels means more and more property funds are going to have to approach the markets for cash and this can only mean further dilution as a shareholders and eventual distressed selling of physical buildings. In fact our best return for the quarter has been our UK Property Protector Fund - a short holding which generated a return of over 80% in the first 3 months of the year. Asian property remains our core holding for now, particularly as we see this as one of the few regions in the world where property is actually going up in price. Our holdings in Japanese JREITs, German residential property and Terra Catalyst are all now performing well off the low bases they created for themselves last year and unlocking some of the latent value. HEDGE FUNDS The horrendous deleveraging that occurred in the investment

markets, which hedge funds operate, in the second half of last year appears to be dissipating. The next issue for hedge fund managers is client redemptions and how this will affect the illiquid markets and direct performance of these funds. Our main holdings remain managed futures and long/short which have both had fairly unexciting starts to the year as everyone is now only too aware after the last couple of years, excitement per se isn’t always a good thing. SUMMARY A solid if not spectacular start to 2009 is probably how the headmaster’s report would read

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for the MBMG Portfolios thus far in ‘09. The overall asset allocation has remained pretty defensive except for our opportunistic exploitation of the equity bounce at the quarter end. We still hold to our original forecast that equity markets will most likely retrace another 25% or more this year and in fact what we’ve seen so far only serves to highlight to our minds the “or more” part of that particular equation. We continue to be active asset allocators and tilters of portfolios towards investment themes and styles based on our own fundamental and technical research. Experience has taught us that

taking sound, often contrarian and non-consensus views on asset allocation adds significant value. This will continue and become more important as we enter a period of additional risk volatility and possible range bound equity markets, where simply tracking indices has and will not work. Our multi-dimensional approach from a bottom-up perspective of selecting Exchange Traded Funds, direct securities, closed ended Investment Trusts, alternative vehicles and/or open ended funds in a multi-manager model to best implement our asset ideas remains firmly entrenched in our process.

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New Resistant Malaria Strain Discovered The World Health Organization’s (WHO) global fight in the eradication of malaria has come up against an impasse on the Thai-Cambodian border. The WHO has discovered a strain of malaria that is proving resistant to drug treatment, putting the worldwide campaign at risk. “We have to act now to contain this problem. ... It must not be allowed to spread and become a regional and international threat,” WHO’s Western Pacific Director Shin Young-soo declared. Government Increases Its Anti-A/H1N1 Measures at Airports As the Mexican Swine flu virus continues its relentless spread across the globe, newly reported cases in Hong Kong and South Korea, the first confirmed in Asia, have prompted the government to ramp up its preventative measures. Existent infra-red thermal scanners to detect the heightened temperatures of infected airline passengers, already installed at Suvarnabhumi, Phuket and Chiang Mai Airports, are to be increased by another 10, with an extra ambulance to be made available at Suvarnabhumi. Thai Human Traffickers Appropriate Burmese Illegals In a newly released report, using evidence compiled over a year, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, asserts that illegal Burmese migrants, deported from Malaysia, were frequently turned over to human traffickers at the Thai-Malaysian border if they had insufficient money to buy their freedom. Women, if beautiful, were reportedly forced to work in brothels, otherwise they were sold as housemaids or to restaurants, whilst men became fishermen. Thai and Malaysian police are investigating the claims. UK Luxury Holiday Club Promotes Thailand as a Destination In a welcome boost to Thai tourism, UK holiday club, Travel Steps, is to include Thailand in their holiday portfolio, offering luxury stays in Pattaya, Koh Samui or Phuket. Travel Steps is extolling the three resorts as the perfect destination for holiday makers seeking serenity and white sand beaches to relax and unwind, with fine cuisine, excellent shopping and an abundance of adventure activities, including diving, surfing, snorkelling and elephant trekking. US Website Reports Thais Against Political Violence According to the US website, the majority of Thais are exasperated with all the political violence, largely due to the economic impact. Many reportedly blame all the decline in economic activity, the recent 25% reduction in tourism and the 5% contraction in the economy on the political protests. “The global recession is more of an abstraction, while the protests are right in your face’, one Thai commentator is reported as saying. Southern Islamic Insurgents Losing Grass Roots Support Muslims in Southern Thailand are increasingly concerned

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about the violence wrought by the Islamic insurgents over the past 5 years, which has claimed 9,000 casualties in over 5,000 violent incidents. Muslims today are increasingly alienated by the concept of Islamic dictatorships such as Iran and Taliban Afghanistan, which they once idealized, and no longer want a separate state run by Islamic radical clerics, despite their resentment for the rule of the Buddhist majority. Insurgents Turn Against Their Own In Yala According to security forces, suspected Muslim insurgents recently killed six civilians in the insurgency-plagued Yala province, as insurgents turn against Muslims they suspect of being sympathetic to the government. At least six gunmen got out of a pick-up truck and swept into a house, opening fire on a Muslim family of five, four of whom including a 16-year-old girl were killed. Two Muslim men were later found dead outside a nearby mosque. TDA Makes Phuket the Thai Diving Hub The Thai Diving Association (TDA) is to make Phuket the central hub for all Thailand diving activities with the imminent opening of its new headquarters, starting with a campaign to teach as many children as possible to swim in the large swimming pool under construction. They will later graduate to snorkelling and diving. The TDA centre will also support the campaign to boost safety in and on Phuket waters. Thaksin Denies Masterminding UDD Riots Thaksin Shinawatra recently issued a statement denying he was the ringleader of the recent Bangkok-Pattaya UDD public disorder campaign, although he emphasized he wouldn’t stop demanding true democracy for Thailand, and is certain that people’s power would prevail on a peaceful basis. The Bangkok Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Thaksin, charging him with illegal assembly by more than 10 people, threatening acts of violence, disrupting traffic and inciting people to break the law and cause unrest. Thai Sugar Industry Expects Record Exports Sugar production throughout Thailand is expected to reach record highs of 7.2 million tonnes of sugar in the 2008/09 crop year, according to Prasert Tapaneeyangkul, Secretary General of the Office of Cane and Sugar Board. This is excellent news for Thai exporters as there are predictions of a world deficit this year. Thailand, the world’s second-largest sugar exporter, is expected to export a record 5.3 million tonnes in 2009. Riots Of A Different Sort In Bangkok Once more, Thais in Bangkok are participating in their latest fad, rioting, but this time in the Kao Sarn Road. Although there were shirts involved, they weren’t red, yellow, blue or white, but brand copies. The copy pirates of branded clothes, music, movie and computer program DVDs etc. in the famous tourist and back-packer mecca, took offence at a mass police raid recently, seriously threatening their livelihood, so they started rioting in protest. AJIYA Bhd to Build Second Bangkok Plant AJIYA Bhd plans to expand its operations in Thailand, this year, augmenting its current manufacture, design and installation of metal sheet roofing and insulator materials by setting up a second plant in Bangkok to make safety glass and other glass-related products as part of the company’s long-term strategy to strengthen its role in the Thai construction industry, which offers a huge domestic market with good business prospects, whilst also supplying the Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese markets. Wedding Celebrants Involved In Fatal Accident A pick-up truck taking 13 passengers from Bangkok to a wedding ceremony in Buri Ram collided recently with an empty passenger bus travelling from Surin to Nakhon Ratchasima, killing 7 people and injuring six others. Police said that the accident took place at a notorious accident black spot on a bend in the road of Highway No 226 in the Huay Thalaeng district after midnight in bad visibility.

Superstar In Court Battle With Fortune Teller Female superstar, Saranrat Wisuthithada aka Lydia, has accused fortune teller, Supakrit Patumsriviroj, of maligning her character and severely damaging her reputation by falsely maintaining she had become pregnant and later had an abortion. She’s currently taking out a lawsuit against him, after his allegations were broadcast on the Internet, provoking widespread criticism and comment. Earlier, the fortune teller had sought a libel lawsuit against Saranrat and her mother, demanding compensation of Bt100 million, which the court refused. No Repetition of ASEAN Fiasco for Phuket Summit Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban has assured the 15 ASEAN and ASEAN+ leaders that there won’t be a repeat of the Pattaya summit’s fiasco at the next Phuket summit, proposed for June 13-14. A 5km-wide no-rally zone will be enforced under the Internal Security Operations Command Law with the airport, hotels, meeting venues and transport routes being secured by the military with a police backup. Surat Thani police are currently rehearsing riot control measures. Thai Army to Buy Blimps for South The Royal Thai Army is to purchase a new RTA surveillance system from Aria International for US$9.7 million. The new kit will made up of a manned airship with militarygrade imaging and communications systems, a state-of-theart Mobile Command and Control Vehicle, and upgrades to existing communications and facilities to receive real-time surveillance data.“The deployment of these new systems and services will make a significant impact on the capabilities of our deployed forces in the South of Thailand,”said Maj.Gen. Chawalit Srisilpanandana. Thai Guns Down Wife And Family Members Near Khao Sarn Road Suraphan Kritsamphan, 44, a Thai national, was recently arrested in Chonburi, accused of shooting dead his ex-wife while she was selling clothes at a shop on the Tanao Road, near Bangkok’s Khao Sarn Road. Suraphan was also accused of killing his son and his brother-in-law who came to the woman’s assistance and subsequently attacked Suraphan. In addition, Suraphan is accused of accidentally injuring a Swedish tourist two nights previously. Disk Drive Makers Recruit Extra Staff Two disk drive manufacturers are significantly optimistic about economic recovery in the field that they are hiring thousands of workers in Thailand. Western Digital has recruited 3,000 additional employees for its hard disk drive plants, restoring its staff numbers to that employed prior to lay-offs in 2008. Hitachi GST are also employing an additional 1,000 staff members. “The global market has bottomed out and is on track to recover faster than our projections,” according to an Electronics Computer Employers’ Association spokesman. Stimulus Packages Helping Industrial Recovery The government’s economic stimulus packages are counteracting the downturn in tourism, exports, domestic demand and private investment. Those industries beginning to show signs of recovery were the agro-industrial and electrical and electronic products, which was encouraged by a demand recovery in the Middle East, China and Africa. “Overall, the economic fundamentals are at a satisfactory level, with low inflation and stable foreign reserves, despite risks of rising unemployment,” according to Ekniti Nitithanprapas of the Finance Ministry. Culture Ministry Subsidizes Thai Art and Culture The Ministry of Culture is to subsidize art and cultural venues, such as Bangkok’s Siam Niramit, and art shops and galleries affected by the global recession and recent political turmoil to the tune of Bt740 million, with Bt395 being allocated to the Cultural Content and Creative Festival. “We will urgently extend assistance to operators in trouble. It would be a shame if the economic crisis forced them out of business,” said Culture Minister Teera Slukpetch.

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The State of the World’s Economic Health: An Overview

by Craig Taunton I have been to date fairly negative in my whittlings (let’s face it, it has been difficult not to be) but I am a staunch believer that we need to face harsh realities with open eyes and can’t afford to delude ourselves but the following is an honest assessment of where we stand today. The IMF released its Global Financial Stability Report this week. And it’s projecting total losses from the global financial crisis to reach $4.1 TRILLION. That’s four times the amount projected in last year’s report. Meanwhile, the only indicator improving across the globe seems to be tied to confidence. Stock values have climbed, and with it, so has confidence. But the hard data, the real underpinnings of global economies, are going the opposite direction. And the IMF agrees: “The global financial system remains under severe stress as the crisis broadens to include households, corporations, and the banking sectors in both advanced and emerging market countries.

Shrinking economic activity has put further pressure on banks’ balance sheets as asset values continue to degrade, threatening their capital adequacy and further discouraging fresh lending. Thus, credit growth is slowing, and even turning negative, adding even more downward pressure on economic activity.” —IMF, April 2009 The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) latest report on world leading economic indicators shows that the growth cycle experienced another consecutive downtick. That’s the twenty-first consecutive month that leading economic indicators for world economies have declined since peaking in November of 2007. Both the IMF and the OECD expect economic growth for 2009 to be deeply negative, and the 2010 forecast is for roughly flat growth. That might be the least rosy projection for 2010. But based on the expert community’s track record during this crisis, I’d prefer to be on the other side of the bet that 2010 will bring recovery. And now, the IMF is taking a hard line on the severity of the damage, the most aggressive public projection. If the IMF is right, we are now here near the bottom

of this economic downturn. And there will be significantly more pain to be felt in the financial sector. With that, there’s one region in the world that looks particularly vulnerable to negative surprises as the financial-led economic crisis extends and deepens... Europe is up to its eyeballs in problems. Of the $4.1 trillion in potential global write-downs, Europe (excluding the UK) is expected to suffer the largest share. The IMF projects Europe to get wacked with $1.1 trillion (or 39 percent of the total) of new losses. The U.S. is thought to be on the hook for another $1.05 trillion (37 percent). In contrast to the times of the Great Depression, the dollar is no longer on the gold standard. So today, the dollar is just a piece of paper. And that means the government can print more and more and more money until the value of goods and services begins to climb against the value of a dollar. A key point in Bernanke’s, the Federal Reserve Chairman, recent paper: “Under a paper money system, a determined government can always generate higher spending and hence positive inflation.” And this is where Europe, and in particular members of the single currency (the

euro), face a challenge ... The European Central Bank has been slow and hesitant to keep moving interest rates toward the zero line. And, there is great disagreement about whether or not if and when to turn on the ‘printing press.’ The U.S., the UK, Japan, and Switzerland have all opened up the arsenal on both declining GDP and deflation. Yet ECB officials are still mulling it over. And they, in fact, have the most difficult challenge with the lack of economic continuity within the union. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) calls China “the one bright spot in the world economy.” More gains are coming in China and the rest of Asia and here’s why: 1. Unlike U.S. and European banks, China’s banks are lending. . 2. Unlike U.S. and European consumers, China’s consumers are spending. 3. Unlike the rest of the world, China’s (and most other Asian countries’) reserves continue to grow. Moreover, from China to Thailand ... from South Korea to Indonesia taxes are being cut virtually across the board ... massive fiscal stimulus is being applied ... and domestic consumption is being stoked, big time.

The IT Guru

by Richard Bunch Here’s a quick round-up of what’s been happening at Microsoft. If you are running Microsoft’s Office 2007 Suite then the news that Service Pack 2 has been released is probably good news. It is supposed to improve performance, increase stability and naturally tighten security. Full details and the download are available at http://www. details.aspx?Familyld= B444BF18-79EA-46C68A81-9-DB49B4AB6E5 &displaylang=en Next off, if you are running Vista, and many of you will be as it was adopted so quickly by the larger manufactures who seemed to be rolling out their PC’s virtually on day one with it installed, then the news that Service Pack 2 had been released to manufacturing (RTM) is good news, the bad news is that it is uncertain

when you will be able to get your hands on it. With the Interest in Windows 7, a new website has been launched www. talkingsboutwindows. com its aim is to generate interest in Win7 and derive feedback, in the hope that the new OS when released will have the features the users want. The site is packed with comments and has numerous blogs, videos, and Q&A’s by the development team and IT pros. RC1 is in the throws of being rolled and will not expire until 01/06/2010 so that gives you a year to try it courtesy of Microsoft. If you have the Beta release currently installed then you should move to the RC as soon as practicable. At the time of writing this article, it is only available to Technet subscribers, but is being made available to the public on 05/05/2009 via

Microsoft’s Customer Preview Program! This RC is punchier and more rounded than the beta, and considerably more stable with many idiosyncrasies ironed out as well as compatibility issues. Acer has also announced that it will be launching a PC on 23rd October with Windows 7 installed. This date is the scheduled release date for the new OS, but whether this will slip or not only time will tell. And now to answer several readers who have asked for advice regarding the best media player to use. Windows comes with Windows Media Player and MAC comes with iTunes, both of which do a reasonable job within their own environments, and yes I know i Tunes works on the Windows platform too. As some of you may remember we visited this subject in the dim and distant past and at that time I recommended a couple of players the VideoLAN (VLC) from vlc/ and Zoom Player from http://www.inmatrix. com/files/zoomplayer_

download.shtml both these are more tolerant of faults and able to play more formats that the native players, albeit by installing Codec packs. Now enter GOM Player a free download from eng/GMP_download. html. This offers several really nice features over and above any of the previously mentioned players. One which really is nice is its ability to play damaged AVI files, this is patented technology but does work and pretty seamlessly too! How often have you downloaded an AVI in several parts and when joined it is inc led as it incorporates many including; XviD, DivX, FLV1, AC3, OGG, MP4, H263, which means it will play most videos. For those videos that require a separate codec, GOM Player will find one and direct you to a place where you can download an open source version of the codec. That means yo ur system won’t become overload by unnecessary Codec’s which can lead to problems.

Did you see the news on China increasing its gold reserves by a whopping 76 percent, or 654 metric tonnes (23,069,171 ounces) since 2003? When trying to predict global trends and economic futures I like to use a basket of international companies across a variety of industries as tools and useful indicators, one of which is Caterpillar. You see, Caterpillar is an important indicator of global economic health because it produces machines that build roads and bridges, engines that power ocean freighters, and herculean trucks used to transport minerals. The thinking is that a healthy, growing economy uses lots of Caterpillar products. The Wall Street crowd didn’t look too far past the headlines the other week when Caterpillar reported a big loss ... the first quarterly loss in 17 years. Dave Burritt, the company’s chief finance officer, said, “Some of our (Chinese) suppliers who were on three-day work weeks late in 2008 are now back to work five days and some are even working overtime.” Caterpillar got $1.9 billion of its $5.2 billion of quarterly sales from Asia, so that increase in business activity should translate into more

sales/profits down the road. What’s more, Asian sales prevented Caterpillar’s recent quarter from turning into a total disaster. Sales in Europe/Africa plunged by 46 percent and dropped 30 percent in North America. Asian sales dropped just 2 percent. The reason for the disparity is simple — China is spending its $586 billion stimulus on infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, shipping ports, dams, and airports. It’s clear to me that because of the structural problems that exist in the world economy, small improvements in the rate of change of economic deterioration are meaningless. The real risks in this environment are major negative economic events. When I say events I mean things like: Another major bank failure, a major debt default, global political controversy or protectionist activity to name a few. Only when the risks of these types of events have clearly passed can confidence sustainably improve. Until then, the exposure to those asset classes deemed risky, like stocks, can carry heavy penalties. Questions to the author can be directed to Craig Taunton of Haswell Pellant by emailing

It really is feature rich, so download it and give it a go, sorry guys it is only compatible with Windows. 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, you can also visit our website www.its

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The body beautiful

by Mr Pobaan

Your modest columnist has hitherto led an innocent and blameless life, as you would rightly expect. But that hardly means he is without the aesthetic capacity to appreciate a shapely female ankle or a well-turned calf. ‘You like cows now?’ ‘No, my precious angel. We’re talking about legs.’ ‘You’re looking at other ladies again.’ This is an accusation, not a question, from my jealous wife. ‘My beautiful teerak,’ I explain, ‘I cannot help looking at ladies. There are 3.4 billion of them in the world and, unless I go to live in a cave in the Gobi Desert, it’s inevitable that I will occasionally encounter one in the course of my dayto-day activities. And even in the Gobi Desert, the odd female shepherd is almost bound to show up once in a while, if only to borrow a cup of yak’s milk or invite me over for a goat-bake,

or whatever social interactions they favour in that sandy vastness.’ ‘Bake a what?’ ‘It doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you’re my wife. I chose you from 3.4 billion other women (some of whom, admittedly disqualified themselves on grounds of age, availability, proximity, linguistic compatibility – not a deal-breaker, though, that last one – and minimum standards of easy-on-theeye-ness, if that’s a word) because you’re the bravest, cleverest, most loving and most beautiful woman in the world, and seeing a lovely young female walking on Walking Street doesn’t change that.’ ‘I’m so fat.’ ‘No you’re not.’ No she’s not. My wife is as slim as a slim panatella. There’s nothing to her. Glance at Mrs Pobaan sideways and you’re at risk of missing her altogether. There’s not an ounce of excess meat on her, as my mother would have said. Or maybe that

was the butcher. It has to be said that Mrs Pobaan likes her food. But it also has to be said that there’s a lot about Mrs Pobaan’s food to be liked. The star in my firmament is, without doubt, the finest chef on the planet, and we’re talking about Earth here, not some greasy fastfood hell-hole like Neptune or Pluto. Your humble columnist is not wont to estimate, but if you indulge me for a moment I’ll guess that in my life I have consumed approximately 60,000 meals, allowing for a number of missed breakfasts after notable nights out (more detail on these in another column, perhaps). Of those 60,000 culinary occasions, fewer than 3,500 have been shared with my life partner Mrs Pobaan, due to the cruelty of Fate having introduced us only comparatively recently. Nevertheless, the bulk of my eating pleasure has been crammed into that small number of meals, such is the quality

ANZAC Day 2009 by Bert Elson Once again members of the Royal British Legion Thailand traveled to Kanchanaburi (Bridge over the River Kwai) to join our Australian and New Zealand friends in their Commemoration of ANZAC Day. This year 28 of us travelled up by mini bus along with 30 packed lunches once again provided by Beef of KPK Foods, once there we were joined by 5 more members, there were plenty of sore heads at 7am Friday morning as of course many of us had

celebrated St Georges Day on Thursday. You will notice this year an increase in the number of wreaths that we laid, we had one poppy wreath sent from the UK by the Cannock Branch of the Royal British Legion, we also had 2 wreaths hand delivered 1 from the Amersham Branch of the Royal British Legion and 1 from the War Widows Association. After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. With symbolic

The Royal British Legion Thailand on parade

links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, a dawn standto or ceremony became a common form of ANZAC Day remembrance during the 1920s; the first official dawn service was held at the Sydney Cenotaph in 1927. Dawn services were originally very simple and followed the operational ritual. In many cases they were restricted to veterans only and the daytime ceremony was for families and other well-wishers. Before dawn the gathered veterans would be ordered to “stand to” and two minutes’ silence would follow. At the end of this time a lone bugler would play the Last Post and then concluded the service with Reveille. In more recent times the families and young people have been encouraged to take part in dawn services, and services in Australian capital cities have seen some of the largest turnouts ever. Reflecting this change, the ceremonies have become more elabo-

of output from the Khao Talo Towers kitchen over which she presides. And one cannot create great food without appreciating its consumption. Surely that’s obvious? Recently, the idea has germinated in the female part of the communal Pobaan consciousness that all this Epicurean bounty has led to an adipose over-accumulation on the distaff side. It’s not true. She packs it away, but she doesn’t lay it down. These are the facts of the case but, despite them, Mrs Pobaan’s body image (that is - to get technical for a moment - the body she thinks she has, rather than the body she actually has) is a lot bigger than the body everyone else thinks she has. It’s a bit like Copernicus. Or was it Galileo? Anyway, I’m thinking of someone whose beliefs were entirely at odds with prevailing opinion. Earthgoes-around-the-sun stuff, rather than the other way around. You get my drift? Except Copernicus was rate, incorporating hymns, readings, pipers, and rifle volleys. Others, though, have retained the simple format of the dawn standto, familiar to so many soldiers. We certainly felt that air of comradeship as the first light of dawn started to put shapes to what had been shadows and we could start to see faces, so many of them young school children here on a pilgrimage or young backpackers who had all headed here for this one day. It was well worth our 3am reveille to get here and the dark walk to the Cenotaph lit only by candles along the path and the ones we carried. As members of the Royal British Legion we were honoured to be alongside our Aussie and Kiwi friends and also honoured that they allowed us to both collect money for our Poppy Appeal ( A total of 18,915 Baht was collected, about 380 pounds) and fly our Standard, but our Parade was not over yet. There is another lesser known cemetery in Kanchanaburi called Chungkai, it is situated about 10km from the main one and lays on the

right and my life companion, the star in my heaven, Mrs Pobaan, is just plain wrong. Just to complete the matter, Galileo was right too, whatever it was he said. Determined in her misapprehension, Mrs Pobaan indulges in occasional episodes of extreme exercise. Uncharacteristically for an Asian woman – basically, they like to take taxis – she’ll walk for miles, and dance vigorously in the kitchen or bathroom, often without the benefit of musical accompaniment. And she’ll occasionally go to the gym with her iPod taped to her arm. I don’t discourage this, but to indulge my sweet life’s companion I do try to find variations that will have the same desired slimming effect. I tell her: the human brain, while representing only about two per cent of the body’s mass (possibly a bit more in the case of Mr Pobaan, my gentle reader will allow), consumes closer to a quarter of its glucose. ‘Quarter of what?’ ‘It means that brain activity uses up a lot of energy. When you think, you burn a calorie every ten minutes. Maybe a bit more if you think about something very hard.’ The face of my beloved

melts. I hope I have provided the solution to her selfimage weight problems, but I haven’t. ‘It’s good news,’ I confirm. ‘All you have to do is think about stuff and you’ll lose weight.’ ‘But when I think, I think about food.’ I see her point. Maybe it doesn’t count if your head is full of fried fish and chicken feet and kao neow beng. Perhaps thoughts of that kind are so calorific that you could get bloated just considering your next fantasy meal. Which of course is silly, ridiculous and absurd and practically the same as saying that, if Mr Pobaan has been temporarily distracted by the deep and inviting cleavage, say, of a passing babe in Soi 15, it would constitute, prima facie, a marital infidelity. Since this is quite out of the question, the debate is hereby adjourned. Kuhn Pobaan’s by-the-way There are three million cars in Thailand, and a large proportion of them queues up on Soi Khao Talo every evening to cross the Sukhumvit Road and access the throbbing heart of the city. The jam tonight took four changes of the lights to clear. Would we all be better off curling up in front of the telly?

banks of the River Kwai. Chungkai was one of the base camps on the railway and contained a hospital and church built by Allied prisoners of war. The war cemetery is the original burial ground started by

man Middy Campbell lay it at the Chungkai Cenotaph, this year however I am glad to say 3 wreaths were laid, ours, the Amersham Branches’ and also provided by the Amersham Branch one from The War Widows Association. Our Duties now complete we returned to our guest house for a well earned cold drink or three!!! before turning into tourists and exploring the local sights We will return again next year along with our extra wreaths, Poppy Boxes and alarm clocks for that 3am reveille for they are just small burdens to have the Honour of paying our respects to so many, and should anyone reading this wish for us to lay a wreath on there behalf it would be an honor. Should anyone wish to join the Royal British Legion in Thailand please come along to Tropical Bert’s on 2nd Road across from the Bangkok Bank, we meet Sundays from 2pm. Should you be an Ex or serving member of H.M. Forces and have a problem please contact us; we may be able to help.

Our Standard Bearer Richard Holmes whose Uncle is at rest in Chungkai Cemetery

the prisoners themselves, and the burials are mostly of men who died at the hospital. There are now 1,427 Commonwealth and 314 Dutch burials of the Second World War in this cemetery. We first visited Chungkai 2 years and found that not one wreath had been laid there so decided that in future years we would order an extra wreath and after a few words by our chair-


Vol. 8 No. 17  16 - 31 May 2009

Home sellers: Slow market doesn’t mean no market

by Khun Dee

“The property market is dead,” moans one home owner who has been trying to sell his house for nine months. “Our estate agent brought a few buyers to see our place when it was first listed,” he reflects, “but now there just aren’t any buyers at all out there.” While it may appear that home sales are in a state of suspended animation, it is not yet time to perform last rites. Buyers are, indeed, out there, and sales are by no means suspended. In fact, high-end home sales seem to be relatively brisk (underscore the word “relatively”) and a number of brokers and developers say they continue to close on low- and even moderate-priced houses and condos, though sales admittedly have slowed to a crawl and prices are softening. So what’s the best approach to selling your home in today’s market? Here are some points to consider. First of all, accept that the market is sluggish and the number of prospective buyers is negligible at best. So expect that it will be more difficult and it will take more time and effort to sell your home. In past years, sellers generally have called the shots in this

market most of the time. That obviously is no longer the case.

Stand Out If you’re looking to sell your house or condo, you’d be wise to adjust your thinking and sales strategy accordingly. Distinguish your home from the rest of the pack. Make your home the most attractive, best-priced property in the neighborhood. While premarket prep could have been ignored in the past, today you have to paint, clean-up and repair before offering a home for sale. On the subject of price, remember that even though the market has softened, real estate nevertheless continues to be a major expense for most buyers. In addition to reducing your asking price to a competitive level (or even under market), consider luring buyers by offering to include your furniture in the deal, or to pay their closing costs or their moving expenses--thus lowering the buyer’s out-of-pocket cash requirements. Seek advice from an experienced real estate agent on upgrading your home and on effective incentives to lure buyers. A professional agent can be an invaluable ally in your

marketing efforts. When selecting an agent or broker, look for such markers as recent success in your neighborhood, a high level of local activity, and extensive experience and training. In this stagnant market, picking the right listing broker is especially important. Why? Because a broker with a strong local history is known and respected. If he or she offers a property at a given price, that value is likely to be accepted as within the realm of reason. On the other hand, a less experienced broker--someone who is not a respected authority in this market—has less credibility. He might not be able to command the price you are asking. In effect, one of the values of using an experienced listing broker is to readily establish believable prices and terms, an important consideration in a buyers’ market. Go for Numbers At the same time, an established broker probably has access to a larger number of prospective buyers. And, particularly in this market, numbers count. Real estate sales are a byproduct of exposure. If, for example, the odds of selling a home are 100 to one--

that is, if it takes an average of 100 inquiries and visits to sell a property, then the quicker you accumulate those numbers the better. If you can get more than 100 inquiries, you improve your odds of getting a top price and favorable terms. When interviewing brokers you need to review their marketing plans carefully. What exactly is the broker going to do in terms of advertising, open houses, online marketing, agent relations, etc? Ask. Get it in writing. Remember that the marketing plan which works for one property may not work for another. Plans need to be specific not only to the Pattaya market, but to your home in particular, your neighborhood, and for current market conditions. The thinking and promotional activities that worked a year ago may be inappropriate at this point in time. Throughout the entire time your home is on the market you should be constantly promoting it with your agent’s help. Tell everyone you know. Remind everyone every time you meet them. Pass out flyers. Run ads in newspapers, magazines, the Internet. And make certain that your agent employs a wide variety of marketing tech-

Pattaya’s Growing Pains There is a remarkable amount of new construction and remodeling taking place in Pattaya. Almost daily another building is demolished making room for a new structure or the Pattaya skyline rises with a new condo complex. Although these new buildings will provide a variety of additional businesses further increasing the exciting things fun town has to offer, they also leave in their wake residual problems that aren’t very desirable. Example; a new village under construction on the east side of Sukhumvit Road is being built on the back side of an older neighborhood of quality homes. This new sub-division may elevate the property values of the older neighborhood, but the construction is also causing problems. Heavy trucks must access the construction site by a residential road through the existing neighborhood and the

road was never designed to withstand this abuse. It is crumbling under the heavy traffic much to the dismay of existing property owners. Another problem that needs to be mapped out by city planners is future infrastructure including major roads throughout the eastward and southward expansions of Pattaya and Jomtien before it is too late because of development. The few roads currently available are already not adequate and traffic problems will continue to multiply. Pattaya’s city hall has the authority to require the roads be wider, adequate parking is provided for, sidewalks are in place, an increase in building setbacks, a line-of-sight at intersections, adequate storm sewers and other items necessary to make future development functional. There are some side effects of all this construc-

tion. One major result of the increased concentration of people is additional motorcycle traffic. A friend of mine commented that he hated the proliferation of motorbikes; many which appear to be driven by drivers with little experience and/or common sense. If he had his way, they’d be banned. Realistically, keep in mind Pattaya’s current traffic congestion and think of the alternative. If all these motorbikes were cars and pick-up trucks we’d have so many large vehicles on the road it would be in constant gridlock. Of course, banning motorcycles would be impossible, just as it is equally doubtful privately owned cars and pick-ups could ever be banned from downtown streets leaving only taxies, busses, service trucks, and motorcycles to travel the heavily congested areas. Drivers will therefore have to deal with motorcycles

and traffic jams. The good thing is, motorbike drivers take care of themselves. If you are driving a car or pick-up, just keep a steady pace and hold your line. The bikes will maneuver around you. The beach is the crown jewel of any seaside resort city. It has the most concentration of tourists, and its positive appeal to vacationers needs to be paramount in the decision making process. City hall understands this and many improvements have been made. Considering the importance of Beach Road to the tourist industry, I offer the following suggestions. The condition of the sidewalks is extremely important on both sides of Beach Road. One evening I stepped in a crack that pulled off my sandal and cut my foot. No matter how careful a person is, sooner or later a twisted an-

Thinking to avoid I need four million baht so I can buy my next home. Sellers often price their homes for senseless reasons and at levels that won’t work. For example, one seller admitted that his asking price was based on the fact that he needed four million baht to buy his next home. (An objective appraisal put his current home value at no more than 3 million baht.) When determining your asking price, keep in mind that prices are established by the marketplace, not by the seller’s needs. I’m asking the same price as they’re asking for an identical condo in Naklua. Because a similar or even identical home in a different neighborhood commands a particular price does not mean that your home should sell at the same price. Asking and selling prices in other areas are irrelevant. What happens in your immediate neighborhood is what counts. My house should sell for at least as much as my

friend Bob’s house. This is not about Bob or his house, and it should not be about seller ego. This is business. The business of selling your house. The real issue here is about bricks and mortar. Bob may have an objectively better house, it may be in a more desirable neighborhood, it may have better light and a nicer kitchen or any of dozens of legitimate reasons for commanding a higher price, not to mention the current market conditions or the possibility that the buyer may have responded passionately to Bob’s house. The buyer’s offer requires that we leave the washer and dryer; it’s an insult. In truth, homes reflect our psychological identity, who we are, our social status, etc. But the marketplace reflects supply and demand. Leaving a washer and dryer may be a lot cheaper than not getting a sale for months on end. Offer to throw in your old fridge as well. We could have gotten three million baht for this condo last year. That’s nice. But it is no longer last year. It’s 2009 now and the marketplace reflects current supply and demand as well as the economic downturn. Deal with it.

kle, cut, bruise, or perhaps a broken bone is bound to happen. When new buildings are built a new sidewalk should be a part of the plan. The foul odor coming from the storm sewer near the entrance to Walking Street can keep Pattaya from being recognized as a world class resort if it is not corrected. A solution to this important problem shouldn’t be prohibitively expensive. And finally, a speed limit on Beach Road that is enforced daily will vastly improve the enjoyment of tourists and residents alike. If the city can’t afford new equipment, I am sure there are thousands of good quality accurate second hand radar guns available from police forces in other countries that can be purchased very reasonably. Why some drivers (mainly baht busses, hotel vans and motorcycle taxis) feel they need to rip down Beach Road at breakneck speeds when they always hit congestion at the Walking

Street turn onto Pattaya Tai is puzzlement to me. Because of their actions it is unnecessarily dangerous for pedestrians to cross Beach Road. Without slowing all vehicles down needless accidents will happen. Not only are crippling injuries or death devastating to the victim and the victim’s loved ones, they don’t help Pattaya’s image either. This article certainly hasn’t covered all the growing pains Pattaya is experiencing. That would take a small book. I don’t envy the city fathers as they try to balance what investors want to do against the long term needs of the city. Often, solutions are hard to come by. I hope these problems are being addresses and good, workable, affordable solutions are forthcoming. At the rapid pace Pattaya is growing, anything less will allow what is already a difficult situation to get totally out of hand. I love Pattaya, and I hope my comments are constructive.

niques. He or she also must be committed to selling your property and should be available for every phone call from prospective buyers.

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Look who’s running the country!!

A travel agent for thirty years in our nation’s capital has this to report:

“This is why we’re in trouble!” I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn’t get messed up by being near the window. I got a call from a candidate’s staffer, who wanted to go to Cape town. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information, then she interrupted me with, “I’m not trying to make you look stupid, but Cape town is in Massachusetts. Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, “Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Cape town is in Africa.” Her response.( click). A senior Vermont Congressman called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an oceanview room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, “Don’t lie to me. I looked on the map, and Florida is a very thin state!” I got a call from a lawmaker’s wife who asked, “Is it possible to see England from Canada?” I said, No.” She said, “But they look so close on the map. An aide for a Bush cabinet member once called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had only a 1-hour layover in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, “I heard Dallas was a big airport, and we will need a car to drive between the gates to save time.” An Illinois Congresswoman called last week. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20 a. m. and got into Chicago at 8:33 a. m. I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she could not understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went very fast, and she bought that! A New York lawmaker called and asked, “Do airlines normally put your physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to whom?” I said, “No, why do you ask?” She replied, “Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said (FAT), and I’m overweight. I think that is very rude?” After

Cheap Therapy

Joan went to a psychiatrist. “Doc,” she said, “I’ve got big troubles. Every time I get into bed, I think there’s somebody under it. Am I going crazy?” “Just put yourself in my hands for one year,” said the shrink, “Come to me three times a week, and I’ll cure your fears.” “How much do you charge?” “A hundred dollars per visit.” “I’ll sleep on it,” said Joan. six months later the doctor

putting her on hold for a minute while I “looked into it” (I was actually laughing), I came back and explained the city code for Fresno, CA is (FAT), and that the airline was just putting a destination tag on her luggage. A Senator’s aide called to inquire about a trip package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, “Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?” I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman who asked, “How do I know which plane to get on?” I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, “I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these darn planes have numbers on them.” A lady Senator called and said, “I need to fly to PepsiCola, FL. Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?” I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola, FL on a commuter plane. She said, “Yeah, whatever!” A senior Senator called and had a question about the documents he needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded him that he needed a visa. “Oh, no I don’t. I’ve been to China many times and never had to have one of those.” I double checked and sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said, “Look, I’ve been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express!” A New Mexico Congresswoman called to make reservations, “I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York.” The agent was at a loss for words. Finally, the agent said, “Are you sure that’s the name of the town?” “Yes, what flights do you have?” replied the lady. After some searching, the agent came back with, “I’m sorry, ma’am, I’ve looked up every airport code in the country and can’t find a Rhino anywhere.” The lady retorted, “Oh, don’t be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!” The agent scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, “You don’t mean Buffalo, do you?” “That’s it! I knew it was a big animal,” she said. Now you know why Government is in the shape that it’s in!!!!!

met Joan on the street. “Why didn’t you ever come to see me again?” asked the psychiatrist. “For a hundred bucks a visit? No way! Instead, I went on one of those ‘Dude Ranch’ vacations, and an old cowboy cured me for the price of a bottle of whiskey.” “Is that so! How?” “He told me to cut the legs off the bed! Ain’t nobody under there now!!!”

They walk amongst us

Some guy bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying: “Free to good home. You want it, you take it.” For three days the fridge sat there without even one person looking twice at it. He eventually decided that people were too untrusting of this deal. It looked to good to be true, so he changed the sign to read: “Fridge for sale $50.” The next day someone stole it. Caution... One day I was walking down the beach with some friends when someone shouted.... “Look at that dead bird!” Someone looked up at the sky and said... “Where???” While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn’t want the sun waking him up every morning. She asked, “Does the sun rise in the north?” When my brother explained that the sun rises in the east, and has for sometime. She shook her head and said, “Oh, I don’t keep up with that stuff.” I used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day I got a call from an individual who asked what hours the call center was open. I told him, “The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.” He responded, “Is that Eastern or Pacific time?” Wanting to end the call quickly, I said, “Uh, Pacific” . My colleague and I were eating our lunch in the cafeteria, when we overheard one of the administrative assistants talking about the sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the shore. She drove down in a convertible, but “didn’t think she’d get sunburned because the car was moving”. My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car it’s designed to cut through a seat belt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk... My friends and I were on a beer run and noticed that the cases were discounted 10%. Since it was a big party, we bought 2 cases. The cashier multiplied 2 times 10% and gave us a 20% discount on both.... I couldn’t find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands. “Now,” she asked me, “Has your plane arrived yet?”... While working at a pizza parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about it for some time before responding. “Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don’t think I’m hungry enough to eat 6 pieces.

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The soaring figure, a 75 per cent rise on the number just six years ago, is a result of the huge influx of eastern Europeans since 2004. In 2001 there were 1.15 million foreigners taking jobs here, according to the Labour Force Survey. In the same period the number of Britons claiming incapacity benefits has rocketed and emigration abroad has risen, The country is also second only to America as the most popular destination for migrants. UK employment rose by 1.8 million between 1996 and 2006, but 1.2 million of that rise was accounted for by foreign born workers.

Credit crisis is making us ill THE CREDIT crisis is making us ill, say most Britons. The credit crunch is taking a toll on health, with 61 per cent of Britons saying they feel more stressed and prone to illness than they did three years ago. In a survey 37 per cent said they are worrying more, 19 per cent are sleeping less and 15 per cent claim they are working longer hours. Seven per cent are drinking more and six per cent have started smoking because of the economic problems, reveals the survey for insurer Friends Provident and the Blood Pressure Association. The credit crunch has caused soaring numbers of workers to take second jobs, some lawyers are even doing shifts as pole dancers. Almost 1.2 million people are now moonlighting as they desperately try to weather Britain’s financial storm. Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Peter Amyth said, “One guy even drives a hearse in his spare time.” More than one in 10 London workers are not confident they will still be in their job in a year’s time. Fears about the credit crunch mean 367,000 people who work in the capital, fear they will not be with the same employers in 12 months. Only four out of 10 are confident they will keep their job. Brendan Barber, General Secretary at TUC (Trade Union) who commissioned the ‘You Gov’ study said “These poll findings show just how jittery people have become about the economy.” Escape to the sun ONE IN three adults want to escape to the sun, with southern Spain and the Canaries the top destinations, others are going to Asia, Latin America and Africa. Those aged 55 to 64 accounts for 44 per cent of the planned exodus As a nation we will spend a total £8 billion on foreign travel, according to an ICM poll of 1,000 adults, for Abbey credit cards. Each holidaymaker will spend an average £546, but those aged 55-64 have set aside up to £1,000 each. Callum Gibson of Abbey said “Clearly many Britons are in need of escaping our gloomy weather”. Go green, save £375 each year MOTORISTS could save as much as £ 375 each year by switching to greener cars. Seventy-five per cent of drivers have no idea of their vehicle’s emissions, the Energy Saving Trust said. As Gordon Brown was pledging to spend £ 90 million by 2013 in a bid to cut CO 2 out, the report added that “smarter eco driving could save up to £60 billion annually. Britain has remained peaceful BRITAIN has remained the 49th most peaceful country on Earth a survey showed recently. Furthermore we were 17th of the 19 nations in Western Europe in this year’s Global Peace Index. Iceland came top of the 140 countries in the poll, followed by Denmark and Norway. Iraq finished last, with African nations Somalia and Sudan making up the bottom three. Experts ranked nations by 24 measures including number of murder per 100,000 persons, terrorism and organised crime. The US was 97th while Ireland was sixth. Flu can kill more than Terrorism A FLU pandemic is the biggest threat facing Britain, according to a new government risk register. It says that up to 750.000 could die from an outbreak, much higher than

the toll expected from a terrorist attack. Ministers have ordered 3.3 million doses of vaccine to combat the H5N1 strain of bird flu, but experts warn it would take several months to develop a vaccine to fight a new strain. Malaria could kill Brits by the end of the century if climate change fails to slow Professor Sir Brian Hoskins warned last month. Britain is a nation of pill poppers PEOPLE aged 60 and over receive almost twice as many prescriptions as they did a decade ago, and more than any other age group. In 2007 each person aged 60 and over received 42.4 prescription items on average, compared with 22.3 in 1997. Patients aged 16 to 59 received 9.5 items each on average in 2007 and under 16s were handed 3.9 items. Figures from the NHS Information Centre showed prescriptions written for six health areas including the cardiovascular system, respiratory system and central nervous system rose 6.7 per cent between 2006 and 2007. In 2006, 561 million prescriptions were written for these conditions rising to 599 million in 2007. And Britons spend more than any other nation in Europe on health and beauty products, according to research. We hand over an average of £298 a year, more than the fragrant French, the preening Italians and the sultry Spanish. It means Britain is the second largest market for beauty products behind Germany. Data from analysts Verdict Research shows that beauty conscious British men and women outspend the Spanish by 50 per cent. Carol Ratcliffe of Verdict Research said.”The British are certainly happy to splash out on looking good. We spend almost 50 per cent more each year than the Spanish for example and 43 per cent more than the average European. The report- European Health and Beauty Retailers 2008, found a strong consumer appetite for innovative and luxury items and a shift towards premium product among UK consumers, Bionic lens is in sight A BIONIC lens is being developed to cure long-sightedness, a scientist revealed last week. If the implants are used early enough, people would not have to endure longsightedness or cataracts, Professor James Wolffsohn of Aston University Birmingham said. He added “Everyone over the age of 45 would benefit, it means they would be able to see distance and near absolutely naturally, it is the true definition of the bionic eye. You’re replacing something that has aged in every eye with a technological structure, early implantation would prevent cataracts”. Professor Wolffsohn claimed that it was hoped to have a lens delivering focus at both near and distance within five to 10 years. Nicotine’s an aid for the old NICOTINE can improve the lives of dementia patients researchers believe. Scientists have separated its good effects in boosting memory, learning and attention, from its bad effect of addiction. They now hope to produce nicotine compound which stave off dementia degeneration. Prof. Ian Stolerman of King’s College London said.”We want to build on differences in the way nicotine works on the brain to reproduce some of its beneficial results.” Working in Britain THE NUMBER of immigrants working in Britain has gone above two million for the first time, a survey has revealed.

Diabetes to hit four million Brits MORE than four million Brits will suffer diabetes by 2025 in an ‘explosion’ of the disease, it was claimed recently. The number of sufferers will soar by 46 per cent due to rising obesity, said charity Diabetes UK. “Sufferers risk complications including blindness and heart disease”, Charity Chief Douglas Smallwood said. “Awareness and prevention are crucial.” And more than a million children have illnesses ranging from depression and anxiety to anorexia, another report is set to warn. Binge drinking, drug taking and pressure to look trendy all play a part. The revelations come in a Children’s Society report which is expected to reveal pressure on youngsters to grow up is causing mental health problems. At the same time Bullet-proof hoodies for teenagers worried about gun crime are on sale. The £300 tops are lined with Keviar, the material used in body armour for British troops in Iraq. Makers say the Defender Hoodie’s toughened vest is designed to protect the wearer’s body area. Clothing company Bladerunner of Romford, Essex, supplies protective clothing for police and security guards and already makes stab-proof hoodies. Travellers heading to America WILL have to register their trip three days before leaving. Four million Britons go on holiday in the US each year. From January they will have to fill out a form on the internet 72 hours in advance. Travellers from 27 other countries, not requiring visas, are also hit by the change. US officials said the move was needed to strengthen responsibility. Homeland Security said the aim was to catch fanatics such as convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid. The first Bionic Finger AN ARTIFICIAL finger that could give disabled people a sense of touch has been unveiled by scientists The digit has been developed as part of an EU-funded project into advanced artificial limbs. It is hoped the Nanobiotact could also soon be used to give robots a sense of touch, allowing them to undertake far more delicate tasks than currently possible The finger uses thousands of tiny touch sensors, each smaller than a pinhead. Researchers at Unilever who are developing the finger, say the first working prototypes could be available within 18 months. Smokers to be stopped in street for shock tests SMOKERS will be stopped in the street and given a carbon monoxide test in London’s most hard-hitting anti smoking campaign. “Smoking police” will target people at betting shops, bus stops and shopping centres to shock them into giving up cigarettes. They will be asked to breathe into a monitor to show how much carbon monoxide is in their bodies. They could then be signed up to local stop smoking services and given access to counsellors. Pro smoking group Forest described the campaign as a humiliating infringement of civil liberties. Smoking ban saves 40,000 lives THE SMOKING ban has saved 40,000 lives as thousands quit the habit, a report claimed last week. University College London researchers say there are now about 400,000 fewer smokers in Britain. the most dramatic drop on record. That means at least 40,000 deaths over the next 10 years will have been prevented. Study director Robert West said.”I never expected such an impact.” e-mail

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Pattaya International Ladies Club Events PILC Quiz Night An Enlightening ticks the boxes Lunch at the Amari

PILC had their annual Quiz Night recently in the spacious surroundings of the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital function room, and over 80 members, their families and guests took part in this challenging event. “It is

of AGS Four Winds International Movers, Bangkok Pattaya Hospital and Jameson’s, who supplied the pub-style buffet and bar. The questions came thick and fast, the answers not so much, but great fun was had by all, and the eventual winners, a Parliament of

so nice to see not only the familiar faces, but also so many new members” said Gillian Thom, President of PILC and also Quiz Mistress for the evening. She went on to thank the sponsors, Paul Wilkinson

Owls, were rewarded with a Jameson’s Carvery voucher and a bottle of wine each. The Regent’s School team, The Young Ones, were close runners-up, and after a hotly contested tie-break, the Pattaya International

by Gillian Thom

Gentlemen’s’ Society (PIGS) were awarded third place, with DOA (Dumb on Arrival) in fourth. Part of the proceeds of the event will go towards the PILC’s continued support of Open Aid, and Khun Peach from the charity was on hand to give some information about the project. A total of over THB 75,000 was raised from ticket sales, sponsorship and raffle monies, and Gillian also thanked the generous donors of the raffle prizes, in particular two members of PILC, Kim Pascal and Ursula Rothstein, who are always such generous supporters of the Club. The Quiz Night is certainly one of the most popular events in the PILC calendar, and details of the next one will be available on the PILC website, www. in due course.

by Mary Ann Didyk Would you like to lose weight, stop smoking, speak in front of an audience, or visit a childhood memory? These are all possible explained Bruce Quinby, a hypnotist and guest speaker at the May Luncheon held in the Amari’s Rim Suan conference room. Mr Quinby provided our 60 plus members an interesting discussion with a question and answer session on the powers of hypnosis. Although no one was hypnotised during the luncheon, he promised to return with an interesting stage performance at a later date. President, Gillian Thom, introduced four new members to the PILC. They are Carol James (Britain), Linda Ord (Britain), Nancy Kane (Ireland) and Tamara Ryan (Australia). Wel-

come everyone! She also extended a thank you from the Club to everyone who contributed to the successful Trivia Night, held on May 2nd at the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital.

fare committee. The prizes included: Gift vouchers to Bruno’s, and Indian By Nature, two beautiful bracelets, a framed print, an English Dictionary, a woven table runner, a handbag

Bruce held them entranced

After an interesting discussion about hypnosis, and a delicious lunch, Joyce Aldridge conducted the month’s raffle. The Club raised 8,200 Baht which will be donated to our wel-

(also called a purse) and scented candles. The afternoon was complete with good food, good friends, and good conversation which equalled a good time!

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Ask Andy

Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: Quick Tip Now that hotter weather is smothering Pattaya once again and air conditioning use is boosting electric bills, you may want to take steps to help repel the heat. Consider installing whitebacked window shades, drapes, or blinds to reflect heat away from your condo or house. During the day, close curtains on any windows that face south or west. You might also think about installing awnings on southand west-facing windows. Every little bit helps.  Lost in Translation Khun Andy, my boss tell to me he want kitchen clean very good. I say I do already. Him point say this not clean, that have stain. Must to use elbow grease, he tell to me. I look too many store Pattaya cannot find elbow grease. I look dictionary say elbow grease Thai language nam man khaw sawk, but this country no have. Where I can buy elbow grease? Yim

nity to toss those things that were past their expiration date or that I knew I would never use. Then I scrubbed all the cabinets and lined the bottom of each. After taking inventory of the assembled products and their sizes, I bought an appropriate number of clear plastic containers about the size of shoe boxes and several of a larger size. In each I placed things I would not be using often or soon, then stacked the boxes in the rear of the cabinets. The front portion was reserved for spices and other frequently used items such as rice, pasta, cereal, cookies, peanut butter, tuna, etc.  Big Chiller New to Pattaya and to a big refrigerator. But been here long enough to see food perish quickly in my new fridge. Is it the quality of food here or improper temperatures in the fridge? How cold should freezer and chiller compartments be? Isaac

If you are pulling my leg, Yim, your nickname is quite appropriate. If you are not pulling my leg, you should check a source for American slang instead of relying on an English-Thai dictionary. Elbow grease is a euphemism for exerting energy--in other words, hard working. Your boss is suggesting you must put more physical effort into rubbing out those spots that are not yet clean enough.  Space Race Our 1-bedroom condo has adequate space (but just barely) for my husband and me, but the kitchen basically is only one wall and has very little storage area. I need some tips on how to reorganize food and stuff in our few cabinets so I can get things off of the counters. Jennifer in Jomtien

There is little reason to question food quality here, Isaac, but it nevertheless is a good idea to check labels for expiration dates before making a purchase. Your fridge is the more likely culprit—either the temperature setting is too low or the unit is not working properly. The purpose of a refrigerator is to slow the growth of bacteria in food, while the freezer is meant to stop bacteria growth completely. To do that effectively, your fridge temperature should be between 1.7 and 3.3 degrees C (35 and 38 F.); the freezer must be no higher than -18 degrees C (0 F).Check your refrigerator’s temperature with an appliance thermometer. Place it on the middle shelf of the fridge for several hours, then check the temperature. If necessary, adjust the fridge’s temperature setting, then check again several hours later. Do the same with the freezer compartment. Repeat the process every week or so to make sure correct temperatures are maintained.  Duct and Cover As a novice do-it-yourselfer, Andy, I find your tips and advice quite helpful and always interesting. Now what can you tell me about duck tape—what is it and

Good timing on your question, Jennifer, inasmuch as I did just that over the Songkran splash festival (something to do while holed up and staying dry). I began by taking everything out of the kitchen cabinets and putting it all in the living room. As I transferred the items, I sorted them into spices, canned goods, condiments, rice and pasta, sweets and snacks, etc. It was also an opportu-

what might I use it for? Bart The most important thing I can tell you, Bart, is that it is called “duct” tape (not “duck” tape). However, originally it was called “duck” tape. During World War II, soldiers needed a tough, waterproof tape to fix equipment in the field and keep their ammo boxes dry. They called it “duck” tape because water rolled off the tape like a duck’s back. Spelling was changed after the war when it was used primarily to seal heating ducts. Today duct tape has many uses. Basically, it is just cloth backed by plastic coating and rubberized adhesive. It is durable, versatile, and sticks to virtually anything. You can use it for all sorts of things, from repairing a torn seat on a motorbike or bicycle to removing warts (the tape irritates and softens the tissue of the wart, which encourages your immune system to get rid of the growth). You can put some colorful duct tape on your black suitcase so it will be easy to spot on the luggage carousel at the airport. It’s also greatt to temporarily repair plumbing. For example, under the sink, if the column nut on your pipe has split, remove it and then squeeze some plumber’s putty into and around the joint. (Do not use silicone or glue.) The putty will make a

temporary seal on the pipe until you fix it properly. Remove all the excess putty and water from around the pipe. Starting from the bottom get a long piece of duct tape and pull up as you twist it around the pipe and give it a good squeeze. (Remember, this is a temporary fix and only for non-pressurized drain lines.) 

Completely Unimportant In your column of April 16, Andy, a reader named Priscilla asked what to do about her smelly dog “Stella”, but later in the same query she called the dog “Matilda.” What’s with changing the dog’s name mid stream? Ian I asked Priscilla about

that and she did not respond before the column went to press. Her simple answer was that she has two dogs (Stella and Matilda) with the same problem and felt there was no need to go into that. She said she was seeking information on behalf of both dogs and erred when she switched names.

--Handy Andy

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Three Sisters Group Golf

by Paul Donahue

Coronation Day kicked off May’s golfing for the Three Sisters Group at the Pattaya Country Club, ergo Holiday Rates for players. The higher rates didn’t seem to keep any of the regulars away. A good group teed off at 0615 hours, that’s 6:15 AM for you non-military folks and the weather could not have been nicer. The course is in fine condition and the play was fast. Regrouping at Caddy Shack II all the players enjoyed some of Herbie Ishinaga’s spicy or plain hot dogs plus nibbler snacks. As the cards were tallied we found once again Richard Hall on top with a 36. Me thinks that Richard is due for some

by Derek Brook

Richard Hall & Herbie Ishinaga handicap adjustments (Golf only his second game followChairman note). Right behind ing knee surgery, way to go Richard was Herbie Inshi- Dale. Some of the regular big naga with a 34. Bill Key and hitters found their games a Dale Murphy came in with a bit off and their scores shall respectable 32. Dale playing remain in confidence.

Ray Rogers Memorial Birthday Tournament Scramble 2009

by Derek Brook

Plutaluang North and South The Legend Continues. When Ray went to ‘’The Great Golf Course in the Sky’ , Gary , his Nephew, vowed he would not be forgotten as long as he and Ray’s friends were around. This day was a justification of those comments. On the day we had a fine turnout with normal groups being well down on numbers, but Ray had many friends here and all like to turn out to remember him. So with a fine turnout and food and presentation back at ‘RR’ Ranch, it was just like old times. Nothing much changes with Dave still running the day, Bjarne and family from the Cafe Kronborg dealing with food and the normal friends helping out. Plutaluang was in fine con-

The Bunker

dition on the day, and even myself, who is not a favourite of the Course, have to admit it was in very fine condition with a fine rate organised by Dave and PSC. This was as good as I can remember here and the Course is back to the North and South, or ‘The Old Course’ and I have to admit it is a Course that now come into consideration when you are thinking of booking a good Course, not just a cheap one. We also got around pretty quick, and after went into the Restaurant to pass a little time until we had to be back at Ray’s House for the presentation. The Restaurant has got a little costlier of late, mainly noted by the ,One for the Road’ crew, but I have to say all my group had food and it was of excellent quality and of a good price. I shall definitely eat here next time

Winners with Gary Rogers

and there are many Courses I cannot say that about. Back at The Ranch the day was well underway, with food being consumed and Max taking the cards in and passing out a ‘Memorial Cap’ to all the players. As can be guessed the front had ‘The RR Logo’ on and was in either red or green and was fine quality. One chap ever had on his 1996 Papa Ray shirt so the memento’s do last as my umbrella would testify if it could talk. Dave as usual was in his element and the presentation was soon underway. In fourth was the three ball of Russell Exley, Mark Campbell and Harry Riley with a net score of 61.2. In third was the Team of Daryl White, Nual Russell, Kiwi Bill and Craig Davies with a net score of 61.1, tight was it not!!. In second was the team of Ray Thoenton, Mikael Anderson, Barry Trainor and Ted Morris with a fine 57.6. The winners and retaining the ‘Champion’ title they won last year was the team of Clive Robinson, Trevor Loersch, Bob Rasmusson and Tony Dauth with a fine net 55.1. It was straight after Dave did the presentation that I heard the splash as Clive and Tony decided to go for a swim. Most of us took our shower at the Course. Until next year. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Jack Levy Mark Campbell Trevor Loersch Al Griffiths Long Put Daryl White Russell Exley

Bang Pra Bang Pra was busy on this “Labour Day” holiday in Thailand but The Bunker Boy’s didn’t let the slow round affect their game. There was a small field today because of the holiday and Rab McDonald kept his concentration best to win with a one over par round one shot ahead of William who took the runner-up place by beating Mashi on a count back. Results: 1st Rab McDonald (hcp 12) nett 73 2nd William Macey (hcp 13) nett 74 3rd Mashi Kaneta (hcp 10) nett 74 Near pin winners - None of the stroke play winners won any of the near pin prizes (most unusual!) as they went to Tony Robbins, Geoff Parker, Tony Berry and his mate Alan Evans. Crystal Bay The golfer of the month trophy was at stake on this the last day of April and after Geoff Hart’s win on Monday there was only one point in it with Mashi leading Geoff by a whisker. Alan Sullivan had the best round of the day to get 10 points towards the golfer of the month title but Alan was too far behind to catch up. He won the A Flight with 41 points ahead of rapidly improving Rab McDonald four points behind and Geoff Parker scored 34 points

to take third place beating Tony Berry on a count back. The cut was handicap 14 and Geoff Hart won the B Flight again to take the golfer of the month title ahead of disappointed Mashi who had a

torrid day. John King came second and Alan Evans took third place. Results: A Flight: 1st Alan Sullivan (hcp 11) 41 points 2nd Rab McDonald (hcp 12) 37 points 3rd Geoff Parker (hcp 13) 34 points B Flight: 1st Geoff Hart (hcp 19) 36 points 2nd John King (hcp 16) 34 points 3rd Alan Evans (hcp 15) 33 points Near pin winners - John Graham, Colin Stokes, Martin Richards and JJ Harney. Phoenix Playing Medal at Phoenix we had two players who had

cracking rounds of golf, JJ Harney and Geoff Hart both shot 5 under par rounds to win the A and B Flight respectively . Second in the A Flight was Gerry Cooney with a fine 3 under par round and coming in third also with a sub par round was Takeshi Hakozaki. Runner up in the B Flight was lady

golfer Marie Rowles with a 3 under par and Reg Smart came in third with a modest nett 77. Results: A Flight: 1st JJ Harney (hcp 10) nett 67 2nd Gerry Cooney (hcp 10) nett 69 3rd Takeshi Hakozaki (hcp 11) nett 71 B Flight: 1st Geoff Hart (hcp 21) nett 67 2nd Marie Rowles (hcp 19) nett 69 3rd Reg Smart (hcp 24) nett 77 Near pin winners - Only three par 3 greens were hit and lady golfer Marie capped off a great dat by winning two of them and the other one went to Gerry Cooney.

Week 2 Results Pattaya Commercial League

by Erwin James Eugenio Commercial League. 2nd Game results: Millan 1st Game results: The Pattaya All-star team survived the late attack of the ferocious-roaring Sriracha Tigers down the stretch and prevails 69-57 to take the solo top spot in the standing ( 2- 0 ) at the on-going Pattaya

The debuting Davao Gwapings shock,disarmed, and salvaged the highly dangerous but underman Pistol team 56-38 and notch its 1st win in the Tournament. It was a sensational display of teamwork and height with the Davao Gwapings paraded an Ameri-

can import (Weiss) and new faces of backcourt guards blended with veteran players that brings the Davao Gwapings to its 1st victory in its 1st game of the season. It was a sorry loss for the Jomar-JayAllan-led Pistols team as they missed the services of their 1-2 punch pistol caliber machine( in Tom and Phee).


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Sizzling Bats and a Hot Ball Leads to a Record Amount of Runs Scored in Softball

by Derek Brook

It was a wild and windy, action packed performance at Pattaya softball this Sunday. The bats were sizzling, while the wind howled out toward left field. Commissioner John Chicken F. decided it was time to use the new 47 core, softball, which took off like a rocket off of bats all afternoon. The wind, the ball, the bats and the boys, combined to break the record for most runs scored in a day of softball, as an amazing 89 runs were scored in just 13 innings. Three games were played on the day, but the final two were shortened due to the ten run mercy rule being put into effect (if a team is down by 10 or more runs, they get another at bat, and if still are down by 10 or more, automatically lose the game). Many a softballer padded his batting average statistics on this day, and it was a fun

to watch so many homeruns and hits in such a short time. For a summary of the record breaking day, plus box scores of the three games, please read on. The first game was a hitter’s paradise, as the brand new ball bounced mightily off of the bats, and the outblowing wind also added distance to everyone’s hits. Rocky’s team scored four in the first off of hard hits by Nick, John CF, Peter, Diego and John Stockton, but that was topped by Shawn’s teams six runs in the bottom of the inning. Rocky’s team then struggled defensively and offensively, as new player Dave couldn’t find his hitting stroke (his swing seems better suited for the driving range at the moment) and our captain of the seas Odvar was doing his best impression of a statue for most of his time in right field. Credit team Shawn for exploiting the defensive weak-

nesses, and blasting the balls to both fields. Mark Reynolds had yet another strong hitting performance, after coming off of MVP honors last week. Rick was also smacking the ball through holes, as was his infield compatriot John E. Beck, in his last week of action (see, some of us have jobs) put the softball through considerable pain, with several long pokes to left field. But, it was our French Canadian (Frog) friend Steve, who seemed to have either eaten his wheeties or had torn into

Pakistan for a short hiatus (he too has a job). Rocky’s team did put it all together in the fourth inning, scoring 11 runs and batting through the order twice. But those runs weren’t enough, as Shawn’s team continued to pound the ball, winning by the final score of 24-15. In game 2 Rocky’s team added a late arriving Spot to their lineup in the hopes that it would change their luck with their bats. They managed to score two runs in the first, with Spot leading

Top left to right: Ice (our sausage sizzler), Peter, John CF, Odvar; Sitting left to right: Diego, Rocky, John S., Jason (shirtless), Nick

Spot hitting a pitch from John Stockton, as Shawh, at 3b and Rick at SS get ready to make the play

a can of spinach just before the match. Swinging from the left side, Steve continually crushed the ball, and hit back to back, to back homeruns. He hit 5 homeruns on the day, and earned the MVP honors, that I am sure he will treasure as he returns to

the way with a double, but Shawn’s team struck back for two of their own in the bottom of the inning. Rocky’s team couldn’t manage a run in the second, with Dave, Rocky and Odvar, all grounding or striking out, and it proved their undoing. Shawn’s team

Golf from the Travellers Rest by Barry Hooper Aussie’s Rule I mentioned last week that we are currently having a lot of new faces join us at TRGG. This week was no different with a large contingency of players from Australia joining us at the end of the week. Many for the first time and some returning back after visiting with us last year. The result was that in our outing to Green Valley on the ninth of May we saw both divisions and the second and third places in division two all won by Australians. On Monday the 4th it was a visit to Pattana GC a course that the TRGG have not visited in some time. But the price deal on offer was one not to be turned down. I personally had never played at this venue. The course was in good condition and the service excellent. I was advised that it was not easy to find but had no difficulties. Finding that it was well signposted off the 331. The weather held good with a light breeze at times taking away the heat of the day. In general the scores were high twenties to mid thirties but one stood out and that was

the winning score of forty points from Gunnar Vangnes one of our regulars who only started playing a little over a year ago. I spoke with him after the days play and he admitted to me that he really wanted to get his handicap down below twenty before returning back home.

quite low. Trevor Downing (note his handicap in the results) was the clear winner by five points with a thirty seven and Gunnar Vangsnes the winner from the previous day was pegged back to second place at thirty two this time albeit after a count back over a returning Eddie Townsend and

Saturday Winners - Ian Sceats, Paul Roscoe, Kevin Tomkins and Ted Senior (Inset Picture- Monday Winners - Gunnar Vangsnes and Jon Dean)

Well he got his wish this result took him down to eighteen. Congratulations Gunnar. On Tuesday the 5th it was a weekday visit to Green Valley Just the one division with the player participation being

Martin Richards who also recorded the only two of the day. Thursday 7th of April Yet another of our regular outings to Phoenix (Mountain and Ocean) As always the course was in excellent condition. It was

a fairly low turnout so just one division. The top three positions were all decided on count back all at thirty-eight. Mike Sanders top of the list, Ito Akitoshi second and Eddie Townsend third. Two two’s on the day from Ted Senior at the eighth and Mike Sanders at the sixteenth Saturday the 9th was our second May outing to our now regular weekend venue Green Valley at a cost that cannot to bettered. We had a good turnout bolstered as I mentioned in my opening paragraph by a large Australian contingency. I spoke with a lot of them on their return and the consensus was that they had all had a great day at a quality club. This showed in the scores. Ian Sceats won the second division with thirtysix followed by Paul Roscoe at the top of a count back over Kevin Tomkins and Lars Strom. Division one went to one of our regular players Ted Senior three places better than his outing on Thursday with thirtyeight. Fergus Brennan and Mike Sanders fought out a count back with thirtysevens for second and third.

From Left to Right: John E, Jason (shirtless), Nigel, Mark, Steve (kneeling, with bat), Rick (peace sign and laughing), Shawn (shirtless), Beck continued their hitting pa- but Rocky’s team scored 9 in rade, with homers from Steve the second and 10 in the third and Rick, triples and doubles to put the game out of reach. from Jason, Mark, Beck, Final score was Rocky’s team and John E. and the whole 23, Shawn’s team 12. team batting through the orOverall, it was a fun day to der twice. When the third be wielding a bat in Pattaya out was finally recorded, the softball. The 89 runs in 13 damage done was severe innings is a record that will enough for Shawn’s team to probably stand until a torearn the 13-2 mercy rule vic- nado comes to town. The tory. boys stayed to quaff some Saw a previously rattled ales after the game, and reRocky’s team finally fight laxed in the late afternoon back. They traded newcomer sun. Again, all able bodied Dave, who was struggling Pattaya people with even an with his bat and foot speed, ounce of athletic ability are for the swift, southern Amer- invited to join us. We play ican Jason, to try and even every Sunday, at 1pm, on the out the teams. Jason, who field in Jomtien (for more instruggled to hit the ball sol- formation, contact John CF idly, but always found a way or Perry McNeely at the Patto get on base, was the cata- taya Sports Club). So why lyst for Rocky’s team. Both not get off your barstool, and teams continued to bash the give Pattaya Softball a try ball, scoring four in the first, this Sunday?

Just the two two’s Ted Senior and Ian Sceats. Detailed Results for the week – Monday 4th Pattana GC courses A and C Gunnar Vangsnes 40 hc 20 Jon Dean 35 hc 10 c/b Ito Akitoshi 35 hc 09 c/b Mike Sanders 32 hc 09 Tuesday 5th at Green Valley Trevor Downing 37 hc 00 Gunnar Vangsnes 32 hc 18 c/b Eddie Townsend 32 hc 15 c/b Martin Richards 32 hc 23 c/b Thursday 7th at Phoenix

(Mountain and Ocean) Mike Sanders 38 hc 09 c/b Ito Akitoshi 38 hc 09 c/b Eddie Townsend 38 hc 15 c/b Ted Senior 36 hc 16 Saturday 9th May at Green Valley Division One Ted Senior 38 hc 16 Fergus Brennan 37 hc 11 c/b Mike Sanders 37 hc 09 c/b Jim Sykes 36 hc 10 Division Two Ian Sceats 36 hc 20 Paul Roscoe 33 hc 27 c/b Kevin Tomkins 33 hc 23 c/b Lars Strom 33 hc 19 c/b

by Paul Donahue

hitting Richard Hall who missed getting his name on the Monthly trophy by one stroke having come in with a respectable 37. Sus, as you might imagine, can find his name on Monthly trophy at several locations over the years. From Richard’s 37 the scores dribbled on down. Fortunately Herbie Ishinaga brought in his regular and spicy hot dogs that everyone enjoyed along with various types of liquid refreshment.

Three Sisters Group Golf

The usual early worm was a bit late today but from wake up at 0630 in the Thepprasit Road area to Pattaya Country Club tee box, 20 minutes. No names please. The usual suspects turned out and while it was quite warm the threatening thunderstoms bypassed Pattaya Country Club. We need to do something about his handicap of 15 as Sus Ige came in with a nifty 38. Out of the same group was hard

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Golf from Tropical Bert’s Mickey Mouse Friday Night

by Derek Brook

Pleasant Valley ( Stableford) The Pleasant Valley Golf and Country Club was Host to a Stableford Competition in one Flight.The Course on the day was good condition with the rain showers of late really greening up the Course on all holes. On the day Walter Baechli won first on countback from Rick Bevington, both with

Strokeplay these days as it is so much easier to forget the bad holes than to let one bad hole destroy your day, but it is the purest form of the game, and it has it’s moments. Suffice to say we always get a good turnout for the Prime Competition’ at The Cafe Kronborg, and this day was no different despite the shortage of Golfers around we still had a fine turnout. Phoenix is a good Course

in with 36 points. Tough this Stroke game. Back at the Cafe Kronborg we announced the results and the scores were good if not great. In the A Flight, 0 to 19, the winner was Walter Baechli with a net 69 on countback over Marcel Wittwer in second. In third was Takeshi Hakozaki with a net 73. In the B Flight the winner was Graham Buckingham with a

Walter and Graham Bjarne presents to John 32 points. John Hemmingson to play a Medal on and this net 72 ahead of Peter Whitewas in third with 31 points day the test was the Moun- head with a net 73 and then a and in fourth was Bill Plath tain and Ocean and as usual climb up the net system with on countback over Per Olaf I played 17 holes well and to- Mick O’Connor in third with tally blew up on my usual bo- a net 79. Baarli both with 30 points. . So to the winner of the Thursday The 30th April gie hole. A couple of ‘O.B’s’ 2009: Phoenix ( Stroke- soon had me with a ‘No Re- Monthly Mug, and with a Monthly Medal) The place turn’ and this was despite the net 68 the winner was John is Phoenix and the game was fact that a Stableford Com- Hemmingsen, well done. Stroke. We do not play much petition would have seen me T.T.F.N.

Dart League Results Table

The metropolitan area of Pattaya was hit by an electrical magnetic pulse on Friday evening; this can be the only explanation for the extraordinary dart result data that flowed into the Dart Result Command Centre on this evening. The Stars team found their way to Mee Chew where Melly’s Crew won the game. Come the beer leg, out of the mist like an avenging angel stepped Pala (Stars). With the strength of 10 men (she needed to be strong as she carried the whole Stars team on her shoulders) she single handedly won the beer, even though she did not have a clue what she was doing! The Posse’s ‘hollerin’ & ‘cussin’ was cut short at Palmers as the Palmers Crew took the game. After the break for food the Posse came out a shootin’ and OK Corral took the beer. The customized golf buggy was spotted trundling along 3rd Road on the way to the Blue Mountain. Steve (Bunker) hit a 180, however Fon’s cunning plan was obviously more cunning than Mick’s cunning plan, the Coffee Shop Quartet taking both game & beer. Cheers travelled to the dark side to play Team Lucky Time. Stan’s Boys & Girls put up a good fight worthy of a campaign medal but were eventually outplayed, Lucky Time taking both the honors. Little On (LT) bless her cotton socks, played for Cheers and almost caused me severe embarrassment in our singles match by playing out of her cotton socks. Remind me not to give her away again! At Squadron Lines, the Helicopter Airborne Assaulters led by Commander Richard awaited the arrival of the Sunshine Boys. The Commander eager to try out the newly arrived Close Quarter Combat Support Weapon. With St John’s Ambulance on standby, the game began. Steve (RS) went into dartaholic shock when the Helicopter took the game, the medics stepping in to administer first aid. When the Airborne Assaulters also took the beer from the Rising Sun there was the sound of something hitting the floor, followed by the shout “Get the paddles, charging 300’!

Golf from Tropical Bert’s Wednesday Quiz League

by Derek Brook

Greenwood ( Stableford) This is not the best time of the year for golf and golfers. Most of the ‘Winter’ visitors have flown home to await the oncoming European/American Spring and it is getting warmer, much warmer here. Not only that but the Courses are putting into action their ‘Repair The Ravages of The High Season’ policy, and that is even if they did not have a high Season. This week for some reason we also found many of our ‘Young!!” and sprightly, players were suffering from knocks. So it was that a very select group gathered at Bert’s in the morning and zoomed up to Greenwood. There, surprise surprise, we were straight on the Course as it was practically empty, and managed to zip around in three balls. Of course this being this time of year the greens were all cored and bumpy, and to sink a put you had to be very lucky indeed. Hard at the

The 40+ Boys middle was the best method and I on the front nine despite and it seemed that a couple of both of us scoring 18 points, our golfers got it going. and it did not get any better. It Starting the day, this be- was one of those days when ing the last Competition of even a bad shot was good and the Month, two golfers lead there was no such thing as a the Alan Bolton Golfer of bad lie. Annoying is it not?. the Month Competition, that The main thing was would was the Scribe and Tom Cot- anyone be able to actually ton. Who ever finished in the beat him, I did not thinks so. first three ahead of the other Back at Bert’s the results would win. Mind not to be were given out and in third too subtle, Tom has got a was Dick Warberg with a fine Handicap to kill for. Worst is, 39 points, but who would win. he is an accountant, of sorts, Well Mick O’Meara came in and knows all about numbers. with a great 43 points, a score I knew my number was up and round he will remember when he demolished Mashi for a long time, but was it enough to win?. The answer to that is no, it was only good enough for second as the winner was Tom Cotton with a lifetime high of 44 points and not only did he win but was also ‘The Alan Bolton Golfer of The Month’. Much as it pains me I have to say ‘Well played Tom’. I must be getting soft but off his new handicap we shall see. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Tom Cotton George Wood presents Alan Bolton Golfer of the Month To Tom Frank Pilkington (2)

R2Q8 Q: Which city is the legal capital of the Netherlands according to the Dutch constitution? A: Amsterdam. Boxing Roo appealed for The Hague. From Wikipedia: The capital is Amsterdam and the seat of government is The Hague. Appeal denied. R5Q5 Q: On March 24 1999, NATO launched air-strikes (code-name Operation Allied Force) against which sovereign country? A: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Boxing Roo, Palmers and Nervous Wreck appealed for Serbia. From Wikipedia: The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia or FRY was a federal state consisting of the republics of Serbia and Montenegro from the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The state existed from 1992 to 2003. So the quiz answer is correct. However, as most of the action took place in Serbia, I will accept Serbia as well. Two points to Boxing Roo, Palmers, Nervous Wreck, Bowling Green, Stag’s Head, Cheers, Rising Sun and Bunker. R5Q6 Q: A Panama hat is a traditional brimmed hat; originated in which country? A: Ecuador. Boxing Roo appealed for America. From Wikipedia: A Panama hat or just Panama is a traditional brimmed hat of Ecuadorian origin. Appeal denied. No results sheets received from OK Corral, so Londoner win by default and OK Corral receive zero points.

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rom the paddies to the bars: While in the Land Down Under -there’s a song in that- for a couple of weeks prior to the deadline for this edition of the newspaper I stayed for a couple of nights with the people responsible for first introducing me to Thailand and the fleshpots of Pattaya. The Thai lady married to my friend made note of the severe economic downturn in the factory industry in her homeland. This led to her telling me she had noticed a rather large number of young ladies either wandering the streets, hugging chrome poles, or propping up bar stools across Fun Town. The implication is obvious. It doesn’t take a degree in Applied Mathematics to work out the sad reality that a significant economic slump is going to lead to a concomitant increase in the numbers of ladies looking to secure their future by taking up employment in the world’s oldest profession. Naturally, many will come down filled with stories of grand success about an ordinary-looking girl from their village who struck it rich with a cashed-up octogenarian foreigner with bad eyesight whose sexual demands were limited to four minutes on a Saturday night but who bought her a house, car, land, and 16 water buffaloes. Filled with these types of stories many damsels make the trek to the bars and think they will rise above the competition and snare a similarly cashed-up walking wallet. Many fail miserably and return home empty-handed; others can’t take the

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reality of the late nights and heavy boozing; still others never find Mr Right. Many find the lifestyle better than slaving in a factory and stay on the game. One bar owner told me of six girls who had come fresh-faced from the backs of country buffaloes some time back; two are still caressing the chrome poles. I would think similar percentages are being experienced in bars all over Fun Town, with beer boozers possibly hanging on to more significant numbers. A Change might be as Good as a Holiday: Established way back in 1991, the Carousel ogling den (Soi Diamond) used to be one of the best four or five chrome pole palaces in Fun Town. That was a decade ago, and while it has had its moments since then, it is a long way from those halcyon days. Recent rumours suggested it had been sold, or at least a half share of it anyway. The reality appears to be that a new manager has instead been brought on board, not a new part owner. From Switzerland, the same as the original owner, he has been given the task of trying to return Carousel to something akin to its former glory. A party was held on Sunday night 10 May to celebrate the introduction of the Prosecco line of imported Italian wines in a can. Apparently well known throughout continental Europe, the wines are multi-flavoured and will probably be a hit with aficionados and people who enjoy sipping their libations from brown paper

bags while reclining on park benches. Draught amber fluid at 75 baht remains the standard discounted libation after happy hour ceases (at 10:00PM). Certainly there are some attractive damsels of the chrome pole plying their trade from the confines of the den, making at least worthy of a libation or two if you happen to wandering about Soi Diamond. A standard local response: It’s almost a cliche among expats, but when times get tough and the bars are quiet there’s a tendency among some local owners to jack up their thirst-quenching prices. The logic is completely lost on anyone with even a basic business brain. The reason for this preamble is to note the sad fact that the management of the popular What’s Up soap-suds-rus ogling den (Soi 15, off Walking Street) recently increased their average thirst-quenching prices. They did this at the start of high season and this led to many expats either reducing the frequency of their visits to the den or alternatively imbibing less. At that stage even a glass of soda water was 120 baht, and draught amber fluid was dispensed with. Now, Thai rotgut is going off at 145 baht a glass. Perhaps it was no surprise when I walked by the den in the early part of May that the joint was just about empty. Note to the owners: in case you hadn’t noticed, the free-spending walking wallets have gone home. By the way, this price increase took place before the recent government excise tax rise, so the owners will probably pass than on as well. Back into the Black Hole: The Coyotee’s ogling den (Soi Marina Plaza) somewhat surprisingly closed its doors at the end of April, immediately sparking more rumours than a blue-rinse ladies knitting circle about the reasons for its apparent failure. There’s a strange claim the chief cause was thieving by their mamasans over a period of six months or more, which led to the owners deciding on a wholesale sacking of the staff, and a suggestion

the place will reopen when a new regime is recruited. A police raid a couple of nights prior to the closure can’t have helped matters either. Another rumour suggests key money was due to be paid at the start of May and with business in a slump it was easier to walk away now. While Coyotee’s always had one of the most impressive line-ups of dancing talent in Fun Town, the attitude of many of these glorified mattress actresses left a lot to be desired, especially if a customer was over the age of 35 or didn’t wander around with a financial wedge capable of choking an elephant. If you were content to just look and admire, Coyotee’s was well worth a visit; if you wanted some fun interaction (think Windmill for example) then most times you would be disappointed. Coyotee’s dancers weren’t alone in the myguano-doesn’t-emanatenoxious-gasses brigade; there are a few other dens with damsels of similar attitude (think Happy for example). The 64,000-baht question is whether the den will ever reopen under the same management. I have my doubts. Not wet or even wild now: The unusually located Wet and Wild ogling den (South Pattaya Road, inside Center Condo) closed just after Songkran, ostensibly for renovations. Spies tell me materiel has certainly been coming out of the place, but just when it will reopen and whether it will continue to operate as a den of the chrome pole are unknown. No great loss either way. When Thai eyes are smiling: One night I was sitting at a beer boozer in the Best Friend complex on Beach Road when an Irishman propped himself on a nearby barstool and ordered a thirst-quencher. He spotted an attractive young lady walking down the road and it was clear the damsel was a previously enjoyed companion. All smiles and good cheer she came and sat with the Irishman, probably expecting a return invitation for a bout of horizontal folk dancing. He told her it was his last night in Fun

Town before heading off to Bangkok and with regret said he was not going to offer her yet another look at his etchings. Realising the cash register was not about to make the ‘kaa-ching’ sound, she walked off into the night, the previously beaming smile replaced with a face like thunder. Ah, the romance. Not quite Sea Hunt: The Sisterz ogling den (Walking Street) has recruited a reasonable number of fresh and generally attractive dancing damsels and continues to mix it up with shows at regular intervals. One of the funniest takes place in the shower room at the back of the den and features a pair of bikinied damsels, two snorkels, two

face masks, and two pairs of flippers, but no baby oil. To the tune of Walking on Sunshine the pair flap about like a couple of beached barramundi, barely able to move about due to the flippers, but it makes for a fun change from the standard attempts at erotic shows. It ain’t me Babe: I was recently asked whether I was the person who had posted a video on the Youtube Internet site entitled ‘Walking Street Pattaya by Nightmarch 2008’. While the video is fairly innocuous, just for the record the answer is a definite no. Piece of Pith: ‘There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure.’ Jack E. Leonard


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Pattaya Today’ s Brainy Fortnightly Crossword

by Mr Mick


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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:

Understanding the sequence You have an opening bid for once. As the dealer you gaze at ♠ A 10 7 5 4 2, ♥ Q, ♦ Q 5 3, ♣ A Q 6. You open one spade, naturally enough, and hear your partner utter one no trump with the opposition silent.

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.

Because of your singleton heart and your six carder in spades, you now state two spades rather expecting partner then to pass. However, partner surprisingly tries three hearts so what do you do now? The first thing to note is that your partner can’t have more than nine points because his first reply of one

1. Saw 2. Hand 3. Ram 4. Back 5. Sup 6. News 7. Red 8. Bank 9. Copy 10.Out

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to 9. Solution on page 47. 1



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The Great American Rib Company

Vol. 8 No. 17  16 - 31 May 2009


Dear Food Lovers,

King of Ribs!

by Mick and Di The Food Lovers “Howdy Doodie, Folks!” Mick and I recently moseyed down to that ol’ Great American Rib Company restaurant on Thepprasit Road and indulged in a feast of smoked ribs, barbequed southern style chicken, buffalo wings, rib beef bones and much more. The owner, Wes Carroll, missed his genuine smoked barbequed favourites so much he opened his own restaurant! – and The Great American Rib Company was born. This is the third branch in the quadruplet chain; the first two restaurants being in Soi 33, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok

and another in Ram-Intra Road. Hua Hin branch followed and now Pattaya can boast of its own American Rib. The friendly backyard barbeque atmosphere is laid-back and casual. The portions are huge so come hungry and expect to leave full to bursting with the best of barbequed meats, nachos, beans, quesadillas and jalapeno corn bread. Barbequing at the Great American Rib is regarded as a meaty love affair. All their meaty specialities spend the night covered in a secret spicy dry rub and are then smoked ‘low and slow’ in the loving arms of

My partner and I have just returned from a wonderful break in Penang and whilst there ate a delicious chicken rending. We both loved it so much that I would like to cook it at home to remind us of our brilliant holiday. Can you print a recipe for us? Many thanks, Bill and Lek.

their three sister smokers, Lucille, Maybelline and Aretha before being kissed with heat on the charcoal grill and slathered in a rich and sassy BBQ sauce. The buffalo wings that we tried were indeed deeply flavoursome and extremely sassy! They come in three sizes of 6, 12 and 24 pieces at B.95, B.175 and B.295. We also tried the lone star Texas chilli which we all enjoyed immensely. The beef tenderloin with beans had been amped up with imported Mexican chillis and slow cooked in the spicy sauce and served with tacos. Another appetiser we tried was the el grande taco salad. This is truly a grand affair involving a super-large flour tortilla bowl stuffed with salad, cheddar cheese, fresh salsa and served with either carnitas pork or smoked chicken. The BBQ feast for 4/5 people is an awesome sight. The huge platter is loaded with a full rack of ribs, a whole butt kickin’ chicken, a heapin’ helpin’ of pork pepper coated pastrami and pork tenderloin accompanied by beans, coleslaw, their famous curly fries, potato salad, corn on the cob and jalapeno cornbread. It costs

B.1,195 for the whole feast and B.625 for the half. We didn’t indulge in the whole experience but ordered a separate order of a full rack of their celebrated smoked ribs. These are Texas smoked prime rib beef bones slow hickory smoked and cooked to perfection. Come here for authentic old West smoked barbeque bonanza. Have fun and whoop it up eating the delicious marinated meats that have spent the night in the loving arms of Lucille, Maybelline or Aretha at The Great American Rib restaurant. Located on Theprasit Road, near Soi 11. Open daily from 3.00 pm till 11.00. Prices subject to 10 percent service charge and government tax. Credit cards accepted.

Dear Bill and Lek, Below is a unique recipe from a friend. We have cooked this a few times and it will blow your socks off because it is so delicious. Enjoy! Ingredients :10 shallots 4 cloves garlic 2 stalks lemon grass/serai, smashed for flavour 1 cm ginger 1/2 tsp salt or to taste sugar to taste lots of pepper 1 tsp chili paste or 3 fresh chilies 1/2 tsp turmeric 500g chicken, chopped (or mutton, beef, cubed) 1 cup coconut milk 2 kaffir lime leaves1/4 cup oil 1/2 cup pounded “kerisik” (dry roasted dessicated coconut that is golden brown and very fragrant) Method :1) Blend onion, garlic, ginger, salt, turmeric and chili paste until smooth. 2) Heat oil in wok and add blended mixture. Stir fry for 5 minutes or until paste separates from the oil. 3) Add chicken and stir fry for 5 minutes. 4) Add kaffir lime leaves and turmeric leaf and coconut milk and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes or until meat is tender, adding a bit more coconut milk as necessary to keep sauce from drying and burning. 5) Add the coconut kerisik when the meat is almost tender, like 10 minutes before finish. You have to keep stirring frequently to avoid burning. When the meat is tender and the sauce is almost dry, remove from heat. Serve with any type of rice or bread. If you would like to request a recipe, please email

dining out

Mata Hari

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A Much-loved Restaurant

by Mick and Di The Food Lovers As soon as Mick and I walked through the doors of Mata Hari we knew why it ticks all the boxes and has done since 1996. The atmosphere in the bar was palpable. Happy imbibers clinked their glasses in delicious expectation, waiters darted to and fro and the loquacious Patron was on hand to oil the wheels and meet and greet his guests. This bastion of good eating is under the baton of Louis Voll: Pattaya’s own gustatory guru who continues to pioneer his food philosophy of good quality produce and affordable prices served in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. After lingering in the bar and enjoying a reviving glass of the house Sauvignon Blanc we were shown to our table. The decor is charming, elegant and relaxed, reminiscent of 30’s art deco with classical colonial overtones. A spectacular Stephen Gormley glass sculpture dominates the centre of the dining room providing an artistic centre piece. The menu dazzles with surprises; new creations juxtapose with muchloved favourites providing mouth-watering reading and difficult decisions!. After much deliberation we chose the salmon carpaccio and the pan

fried frogs legs in butter and garlic. Mick’s starter was wonderful; paper thin slices of juicy fresh red salmon was anointed with a fruity virgin olive oil while my frogs legs were chunky and sweet perfectly tossed and fried in a buttery, garlickly emulsion. Other starters include the famous Dutch smoked eel (B.390), whitebait fritters, calamari, snow crab salad and also the famed Jamon Iberico (Spanish ham from contented acorn-fed pigs). Their celebrated Kilpatrick oysters (grilled and prepared with bacon and Worcester sauce) is naturally still on the menu and a firm favourite. For our main courses we chose the Turkish lamb kofte (B.420) accompanied by parsley/ tomato, mint and yoghurt sauces and pan fried crab crusted red snap-

per. Both were fantastic and big on flavour. Mick gave ten out of ten to his aromatic minced lamb kebabs while my snapper enclosed in its flavour-packed crusty overcoat was crunch-tastic. A nice touch (and much ap-

preciated) was that our affable waiter, Tui, asked if we were ready before serving the main course. With this stunning meal we were drinking an unusually named “Hob Nob” French Pinot Noir. A modern full bodied wine with lovely plum and blackberry

aromas, fruity but savoury in a cool looking bottle! The extensive wine list is far-reaching offering excellent vintages from around the world to suit all tastes and pockets and the temperature controlled cabinets ensure the wine arrives at table in perfect order. Meat lovers can order their signature dish of fillet steak ‘Mata Hari’ (with chicken liver pate, mushrooms and green asparagus) or Australian T-bone, rib eye (B.790) or fillets are available from the grill menu. Another house speciality, the slow cooked lamb shank, has been a perennial favourite and it still reigns supreme as do the

lamb cutlets grilled with fresh herbs, garlic and olive oil and the breast of duck with fried foie gras in Sauternes jus. So many wonderful dishes to describe it’s not possible in one article. However, check out the website it will give you a good overview of this most impressive menu. We passed on dessert but for the sweet-toothed the lemon cheese cake, or warm sticky date pudding with home made ice cream and caramel sauce would surely hit the spot. We must make mention now of the staff at Mata Hari. They are the happiest group of servers we have met on our food forays. The service is sociable and friendly but also impeccably polite without being obsequious and their joie de vie in their work very engaging. Mick and I enjoyed a wonderful evening at Mata Hari. So many things make it special: it’s cosmopolitan gastronomy, the ambiance which is friendly and relaxed and the prices realistic reflecting the quality and overheads experienced by restaurateurs in our times. The unwavering popularity of Mata Hari also speaks volumes for the esteem in which it is held and the culinary reputation that it has achieved, and deserves, here in Pattaya. Open daily except Mondays from 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm. Bar opens at 4.00 pm. Located on Theppraya Road in the Nirvana Place Condo (corner of Soi 15), Pattaya. Tel: (038) 259 799 or visit Reservations recommended.

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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 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!

wwwwwwww 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 one year. Buy a steady monthly income! 53sqm for 2.9 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/ Month guaranteed two year income and 83sqm for 4.3 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/Month guaranteed income! Together for 7 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 Royale 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. 226 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 a stunning Home in Jomtien Park Villas! Supurb Design and Construction! Three Bedrooms / Two Bathrooms. Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht. (PR3875) Investment Opportunity, Jomtien Beach! 200 sqm design condo in Grand Condotel! Price Lowered from 14.5 to 9.9 Million Baht! Three Bedrooms / Three Bathrooms. Call Now. Central Pattaya Living in View Talay 6!!! Cheapest front corner available with us! One Bedroom / One Bathroom Selling Price 6.5 Million Baht, 105 sqm. 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!

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0307/SLN – Mini Mart – Single ground floor unit located in busy Condo Complex in Central Pattaya. Rent only 4,500 baht per month. Sale Price: 250,000 baht 0309/SLN – Bar with Rooms – Single 2 storey shop house located just of Soi Bua Khao. Ground floor bar with two rooms above. Rent 16,600 baht per month paid 6 months in advance. 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. 0306/SLN – Bar with Room – Single 2 storey shop house, located in East Pattaya. Ground floor bar with exterior seating, refurbished to a high standard with bedroom & living room above. Rent 13,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 1.2 million baht 0310/SLN – Bar with Rooms – Single, 4 storey shop house located in busy ‘night life’ area of Jomtien. Well laid out ground floor bar with five rental rooms on the upper floors. Rent 25,000 baht per month and Key Money has been paid till Feb. 2010. Sale Price: 1.25 million 0284/SLN – Hostess Bar with Rooms - You will never see a ‘going concern’ double shop house with 8 rooms in Soi 6 this cheap. Price has been slashed by half. Owner has to return to homeland. Don’t miss this bargain opportunity. Now only 1.4 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 per month. Sale Price: 1.4 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: 1.5 million baht. 0313/SLN – Bar with Rooms – Single 4 storey shop house, located in busy ‘foot traffic’ Soi, just off Beach Road. Ground floor bar and kitchen with 5 rental rooms on the upper floors. Key Money has been paid till March 2012. Rent only 9,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 1.85 Million baht 0271/V – Pet Shop – Single storey retail shop, located in North Pattaya. Specialising in the sale of Dogs, Cats, pet foods and accessories. Very profitable. Sale price includes a Limited Company. Sale Price: 2 million baht 0263/SLN – Hotel & Bar – 15 room hotel with ground floor bar and kitchen. Located in 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. 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: 2.4 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 0308/SLN – Restaurant & Guesthouse – Double, 3 storey shop house, located in busy ‘night life’ area of North Pattaya. Ground floor Restaurant & kitchen with 8 rental rooms on the upper floors. Rent 30,000 baht per month with Key Money every 2 years. Sale Price: 2.75 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. 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. 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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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 pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. ATTENTION, ATTENTION !!!!........We have for sale the most famous hotel/guesthouse in Central Pattaya! A live time opportunity to become the owner of this 3 ½ star guesthouse near Carfour. 78 Rooms, 3 buildings, prime land, bars, etc. All the accounting is available. 165 Million Baht. 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 “Freehold” Ocean view luxury Hotel- Great Buy at 65 million. 5 floors of beautiful newly refurnished rooms. Also a top floor penthouse that is amazing. Call today. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Shophouse in busiest retail location of South Pattaya only 20,000 baht per month on flexible lease terms. Four floors each 16 sq. wah. This space is directly across from the most frequently visited mall in Pattaya. Also in nightlife area. Could be excellent location for any business. You want traffic check this place out. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

Beautiful Spa-17 million invested, must sell for 7 million – Averages 1000 customers per month. Excellent location, Owner will consult or consider partnership. First Class Design and Décor. Must see to believe. You can own this business now with existing staff of 40 and steady customer flow, creating over 1 million in monthly revenue from the very beginning. An investors dream. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Office Space in a very central location for all the coastal activities of Pattaya and Jomtien. Space sizes vary from small “one man operation” up to 240 sq. m. There is extremely high traffic to this business location and the visitors here are the ex-pats who have some discretionary funds to spend. As well this space is on and clearly visible from the heaviest travelled road by the tourist on holiday. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Guesthouse and Restaurant central location, priced to sell 6.5 million. This is a very good price for a double shophouse business and has several ground-floor areas that are sub-lease ready. 16 furnished rooms on 4 floors. Very close to the main shopping areas, the night life areas and schools, as you can imagine these rooms stay rented. The furniture and fixtures valued at over 7.5 million. Owner wants to move to Northern Thailand. Making your Business our BusinessPremier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Guesthouse in an extremely busy location next to very popular market and priced to sell at 8 million. This successful business has 5 floors and 11 furnished rooms in a very high demand location. You could have the number one business of any kind with this location. Restaurant, bar, beauty salon, or retail this can be an immediate good volume business for you, call today. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@

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“Freehold” Ocean view luxury Hotel- Great Buy at 65 million. 5 floors of beautiful newly refurnished rooms. Also a top floor penthouse that is amazing. Impressive reservation records. The Hotel has excellent profit margins and the price is a great value on existing furnishings and fixtures. This is an excellent property make sure not to miss this opportunity, call today. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ RESTAURANT-Fantastic opportunityestablished very successful Italian Restaurant, also has large 2 Bedroom Residence above. All for only 2.5 million baht. Owner is relocating wants fast sale. Instant profits, has stable staff regular customers, 5 years remaining on excellent lease, perfect location great parking. If you want to walk in to an immediate turnkey winning operation, do not miss this one. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Want a Fabulous Luxury Hotel, restaurant for only 20 million, act quickly. Great location large restaurant and spa facilities as well as one of the best locations in all Pattaya . Rooms are exceptionally equipped and furnished in a very impressive style. Call soon this will not last. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ PattayaApartment “Freehold” only 19 million baht. 44 units on 58 sq wah. Rooms are furnished and rented and stay rented. Several sub-lease spaces on property ready for mini-mart and small restaurant. This is an excellent location Making your Business

our Business– Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Beachfront Hotel – Owner wants fast sale will finance. Baht 70 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Resort Hotel all inclusive property, Baht 90 million. New construction-Your own private Eden. Owner will finance. 35 luxury rooms, complete restaurant and sports bar, incredible pool, complete gym, theatre, spa, sauna, vehicle fleet, staff quarters, extremely well conceived property and business design. Seller can receive purchase monies in any country. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beachfront Hotel – Owner wants fast sale. Baht 6 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Dongtan Beachfront Boutique Hotel Baht 20 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to #1 Pattaya Publication for Sale Baht 12 million, will pay for itself in one year. Owner ready to retire. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to Restaurant well known Brand directly on Thappraya Road in front of large Condominium Project, ready for new owner. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to New Hotel on Thappraya already has 500,000 Baht in subleases. Owner wants fast sale. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

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Hotel 142 rooms well established reputation one minute from Mike’s Shopping Mall. Owner wants to retire. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to New walking street many new retail locations. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to Hotel Lobby retail spaces Brand New Hotel. Excellent for Beauty Salon, Clothing Boutique, etc. Call Premier

Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Boutique Hotel Prime Location B 150 million with long term contracts guaranteeing over B 30 million in annual revenue. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ New Condominium Project, ground floor commercial space available now. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to

Classified Antique Furniture Store for sale, very profitable, owner wants to retire and will consider financing, and will train new owner. Very exciting business opportunity. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to 5 Shophouses in a row for sale in Jomtien. 150 Meters from the beach. 3.5 Million baht for one shophouse. Great discount if you buy all of them. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to

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House for Sale

(ptm-h1608)Pattaya Park Hill 4, road no. 36, single storey, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, air condition in every room, furnished. 600 sq.m., living space 120 sq.m. Only 4.5 million. Tel. 081 340 6092 (ptm-k0008)Shop House for Sale. New 2 storey shophouse units for sale. Located in Soi Khaotalo 9 (corner with Soi Kao Noi). 2bed/2bath/ kitchen /large balcony, land size 24sqwa, 100sqm living space ideal for home and any kind of business. last unit available, quick sale 2.5million ONO. Call 038 413 551 mob. 087 132 5600. 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 kitche n, 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 Tan-Non. 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.

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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. HS1230: 3 bedrooms and 3 bathroom bungalow for sale located close by to the crocodile farm and with access to the new road on near completion a bonus. This is priced at 2.5 million for a quick sale. Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail:

HS1039: This property has just been reduced from 6.5 million to 5.5 million!! This property is 3 bedrooms, very modern furniture and a well fitted European kitchen with all modern appliances, complete with private pool and maids quarters. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: 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 E-mail: 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!! A must to view at 4.999 million. Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: 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 364515/ / 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/ /


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 Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Gorgeous and Very Large Estate Home For Sale at 25 Million Baht! This is luxury on a large scale, with five bedrooms five bathrooms and a lovely swimming pool with Jacuzzi. The interior design work is very tasteful. There is not a better address, as this is in the areas best Expat development. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at 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) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

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) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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: or visit our website at 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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

House for Rent

(ptm-n1808) 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-n1808)A Beautiful House for Rent at Pratumnak Hill Soi 5. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished, European kitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 38,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n1808)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.

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(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-j1708)New 2 Bed Airconditioned Euro Style Terraced Houses with carports, gated compound. Siam Country Club Rd. 8 km. from Carrefour. 8,000 bt/month. 082 204 2831. (ptm-1808)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. (ptm-a1908)2 Storeys in Pattaya Rungrueng Village. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom., 2 air, fully furnished. With parking space. 9,000/months. Contact 085 507 3295. (ptm-a1907)Single Storey House in Eakmongkol 4 Kaotalo. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 air, fully furnished. European kitchen. Parking space for 2 cars. 085 507 3295. (ptfhr-1708)Fully Furnished 2 Bed Town House, Soi Bongkot. Available 3 months from early June. Very cheap at 7,000 baht per month. Tel. 083 769 2099. (ptm-d1808)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. (ptfhr-ta0008)Furnished Townhouse for Rent. Located at Soi Khao Noi. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Only 5,000 baht per ,omth. 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, 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 E-mail : 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, E-mail: 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. p a t t a y a o c e a n p ro p e r t y. 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,

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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@ / 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 / / 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 / / 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 / info@ / HR1152: An ideal cheap bungalow would suit an elderly couple who like the peace and quiet of Maprachan area. Have 2 beds and European kitchen inclusive of A/C and garden. Only 20,000 P/M Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: HS1039: This property has just been reduced from 40,000 to 35,000!! This property is 3 bedrooms, very modern furniture and a well fitted European kitchen with all modern appliances, complete with private pool and maids quarters. Call for

more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: 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. 20,000P/M Call for more info 038-373966or by E-mail: HR0129: Is available with 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom bungalow located in Greenfield villas 2, modern furniture, ADSL and private swimming pool!! Priced at 55,000 p/m Call for more info 08-494 42541 or by E-mail: HR1153: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom bungalow located in SP5 Village Comes fully furnished with euro kitchen and a/c and inclusive of ADSL! New very large house just 45,000 p/m Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: 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 08-47808457 or by Email: 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. Only 25,000!! Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: 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 Email: pattaya@paradiseci-

Classified Spectacular Family Home at 80,000 Baht per month! A luxurious four bedroom, six bathroom home with a lovely swimming pool. The house is built on a 2400 m2 plot with an enormous landscaped garden. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Five Bedroom, Four Bathroom Family Home for 95,000 Baht per month located in Jomtien. This house has a large and gorgeous guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Great Family Three Bedroom Home for 85,000 Baht per month in Chateau Dale Villas! Located in one of Pattaya’s quietest and most beautiful villages with large and gorgeous swimming pool. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Family Home for 100,000 Baht per month! Located in one of South East Pattaya quietest and most beautiful villages with a large and gorgeous swimming pool! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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: or visit our website at Great Mediterranean style villa for rent at 60,000 Baht per month! This superbly finished four bedroom four bathroom home with swimming pool is a must see for those wishing to rent a great home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

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. or visit our website at Magnificent House in Grange Park Village. Three Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms for 80,000 Baht per Month! The decoration and design are from a high standard! This house you really need to see to appreciate its beauty. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

Apartment/Rooms for Rent

(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!! 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 : (ptm-w1608)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

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Sombat 2 Condominium (Pratumnak) 32 sq.m. Corner Studio with Big Balcony, original room in need of renovation. 200 metres from beach, very good price. Only 790,000 baht (in Foreigner 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, e-mail: Angket Condominium Jomtien Beach. We have several sea view studios for sale. Starting at only 1 mil. baht. In need of renovation, these are selling fast. Be Quick! 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, email: 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, e-mail: info@ Khiang Talay, 15th Floor, 42 Sq. M. Studio, Fantastic Sea Views and Koh Larn Island. Fully furnished, retiled 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, e-mail: info@ Cozy Beach Pratumnak Jomtien, 200 Meters from Beach, Two 38 sq.m. Stu-

dios, 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., e-mail: 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) or for rent 12,000/ month. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www., e-mail: 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., e-mail: New to the Market and Near the Market!!! 800 meters from Jomtien Beach. A lovely 30 sqm studio on 1st floor, big balcony overlooking garden and swimming pool. Just been renovated with new A/C, new furniture, big screen TV, small kitchen with fridge freezer, etc, etc. You won’t find better. Ideal for 1st time buyer. Only 890,000 BT. (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:

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Angket Jomtien, 8th Floor Studio, 38 sq. m with lovely sea view, 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. In Foreign Name. 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., e-mail: 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., e-mail: 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… 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, e-mail: info@ 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, e-mail: info@

(ptm-e1708)Under the Real Price. Full ocean view, totally renovated about year. Fully furnished. 24 hour security, pool 180 sqm 13,000,000 from owner, Tel: 087 067 0 239 (ptm-g1808)Baan Suan Lalana, 42 sq mtr Condo, 5th (Top) floor, nice views. 960,000 Baht. Tel.: 084 105 4533, 087 901 5229 (ptm-1708)For Sale 3 Top Floor Penthouse Beach Front Corner and Adjoining Units Walking St. side in View Talay 6 next to Central Shopping Plaza, 105 sqm corner unit shell 9.6m baht, 48 sqm 2nd unit shell 3.6m baht, 86 sqm 3rd unit fully furnished and fitted 7.3m baht, 3 best in the building, call the owners 083 404 5395 Eng, 085 225 6465 Thai. (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 3 329 (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 (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.

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(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! (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) 86-9849700, or e-mail: lelaaukes@

(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. Private Sale Near Jomtien Beach, 2 Balcony, 8th Floor, Corner 45 sq.m. Sea View Studio. Just been completely renovated to very high standard, new furniture, kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, LCD TV, pictures, plants, everything you need. I need a quick sale as I’m going back to UK, hence only 1.5 mil. baht. In Foreign Name. Call Alan 087 139 1570 (Eng.)

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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 aircons, 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 Bed- 57.20 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.

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“Penthouse Style” over looking Pattaya Bay, 180SQ.M. Fully finished and furnished, best value in town 10,340,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Jomtien “Foreign Ownership” Pre-Construction discounts and easy payment plans, 150 metres to Jomtien Beach from 3,500,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Foreign Ownership, 2 Bedroom Corner Unit. Fully furnished and fitted by a quality developer. Central Pattaya. Special deal for 60 days completion. Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. 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 038-373 966or by E-mail: pattaya@ 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: 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 08-49442541 or by E-mail: 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:

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: pattaya@ 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/ / 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/ / Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Fully furnished and great sea view, 8.5 M THB. 165 sqm, duplex unit. 40th floor. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ / 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 364515/ / 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/ / www. 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/ /


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@ / 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 / info@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 / / 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 364515/ / The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038 -723 601 Mobile: 084 866 9644, E-mail:, Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, E-mail:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723,, E-mail: (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 pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. For sale by owner. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only two million baht. Fifty percent financing available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. 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. or visit our website at We have the best selection of Ananya Condos Available on the Market Today! We have the last two units available on the penthouse floor of Ananya (5th floor, Phase 3) two bedroom, 155 sqm. Ananya the best location on the best beach of Pattaya, Wongamat Beach. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Two Bedroom Condo at Jomtien Beach’s Best location for 7.9 Million Baht! This has been very nicely renovated and has two bedrooms two bathrooms all within 126 square meters of comfort and security. Priced to sell, make sure that you see this apartment soon. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Na-Jomtien 3 Bedroom Sea View Apartment for 11.8! A beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. Thai Bali Style interior design, 178 sqm, high floor and huge balcony with Fantastic Sea view. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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Act quick we have a front corner unit, A building, View Talay 3 facing Pattaya (cool side). 137 sqm for 7.4 million Baht on a high floor!! Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Spectacular Sea View unit in the new project 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) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Several Studio units in Popular Seafront Jomtien Condo with Amazing Seaviews Available from only 900,000 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at 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) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at INVESTORS: For the latest and most Exclusive Condominium Developments….. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Beautiful Condo in the Low Rise 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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

Pattaya’s Hottest New Five Star Condo Still Has Units left! Yes Nirvana Place Condo does have a few one and two bedroom apartments available. The very best in security, construction and location between Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. You will love the interior design motifs available and will love the fine dining and socializing at the Matahari Restaurant downstairs. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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: or visit our website at www. 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. 087021-7014. 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) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out! We have a few re-sales on very high floors for 110,000 THB/ SQM. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

Condo for Rent

(ptm-n1808)Condo for Rent at Pratamnak Hill Near Cosy Beach & Soi 4. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 aircons, fully furnished 15,000 baht per month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920.

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(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: 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 12,000/month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www., e-mail: Majestic Jomtien, 800 Meters from Beach, 32 sqm, 1st floor, big balcony, fully furnished, TV, fridge. Just been renovated. Lovely room. Only 6,500 baht per month. Call Pin 087 150 4845. 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 b:ox, 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, e-mail: Angket Jomtien, 8th Floor Studio, 38 sq. m with lovely sea view, 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., e-mail:

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, e-mail: info@ (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) 86-9849700, or e-mail lelaaukes@ (ptfcr-p1708)Thepprasit Rd, Condo for Rent. 100 sq metre, 1 bedroom, air conditioning, cable tv, wireless internet. balcony, kitchen and bathroom. Fully furnished for long term rent. 12,000 baht per month + bills Tel 084 778 9312, Eng/Thai spoken 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.

Classified 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, LCD TV, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. Tel: 038 415 304-8, E-mail:, www. 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:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723,, E-mail: 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: CRNA: 1 Bedroom apartment located in the center of Pattaya, fully furnished with free wifi internet and fitness center at only 25,000 p/m Call for more info 0847808457 or by E-mail: 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 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CR1112: Outstanding 3 bed penthouses, POSSIBLE SHORT TERM LET, Wongamat beach, great sea views, High speed internet connected, modernly furnished from 75,000 P/M view http:// index.asp to view pictures or call 08-49442541 or by Email: 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 0847808457 or by E-mail: CR1169: 2 bedrooms apartment located in Pratumnak close to the beach, short & long term, fully furnished, Wi-Fi internet, big TV, brand new building with great Prices start at 30,000 P/M call 08-49442541 or by E-mail:

CR1122: 1 bedroom apartment, brand new, 51 Sq m, fully equipped, superb location 5 minutes to Walking Street, reduced price 22,500 B Per month, Call for more info 08-49442541 or by Email: CRGR: New golf range has some brand new apartments for rent all with TV, fully furnished with shower room and use of the communal swimming pool as well as have a pratice at your golf techniques!! Only 8500!! Per mth Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: 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: 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: 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 / / www. 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 / / Thai Living: PenthouseChateau 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/ / 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 / / www. 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 / info@ 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.

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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 TescoLotus 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 pappa@csloxinfo. 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 pappa@ 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: or visit our website at

View Talay 2 Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month! This is a masterpiece in condo design and comfort, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The condo has a big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Pratamnak 3 Bedroom for Sale and Rent 7.35 Million Baht, 45,000 Baht/Month! A beautifully 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. 128 sqm, beautifully furnished and decorated. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at 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: or visit our website at

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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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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: or visit our website at www.pre-

Classified Ocean Marina Yacht Club Three Bedroom Suite For 50,000 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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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: or visit our website at Royal Cliff ‘C Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month or for sale for 19.9 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at

(038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Northshore Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month or for sale for 7.5 Million Baht! 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: or visit our website at We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at 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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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

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Land for Sale

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:, (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-n1608)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-c2308)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 LS1020: a fair size plot of land at 672sqm surrounded by other houses already, electric, water available, road frontage all around. Priced at 3.5 million O.N.O. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: 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 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ 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 pappa@csloxinfo. 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: 038 364-515/ info@ / 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: 038 364-515/ / 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/ / 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 364515/ / 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/ / www. 48 Rai for 5.5 Million Baht/ Rai 500 meters from La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to 2 Rai for 27.5 Million Baht/ Rai Beach Front near La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to 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- 038-231-931 or Email to

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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 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 Beachfront Land Jomtien 16 Rai at 18 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to 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) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Looking for Beach front land? We have prime beach front land parcels available. For appointments and private tours contact Premier Land and Development (038) 231931 or (01) 634-2915 Email: or visit us online at 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 Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to

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 Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to 274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development LandBaht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ 20 Rai- Bang Saray 4 mil per Rai, sea view, ready to build. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to 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 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 087021-3170

Property Wanted

(ptfjw-d1708)I am Looking for Inexpensive House in Central or South Pattaya for long term rental or possible purchase. Contact don. or phone 082 257 9431 in Jomtien. 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

(ptm-m1608)“Let’s Trade”. My home in Bend, Oregon USA, for your condo in Pattaya. For more info 086 145 3625. Email: michael@

Services Provided

(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. ( p t m - e 0 0 0 8 ) w w w. p a t 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 (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. ( p t m s p - 1 3 0 9 ) A rc h i t e c t Services Plans, houses, shops, apartments, etc. Contact 081 295 8038. (ptfjv-em1908)Pool Tables Professional Installation. Moving/recovering/leveling/recushion etc. Bought and sold/profit charing/rent. Mobile 081 762 8379. (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@**.* 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:

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 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: 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@ Visit their website 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)

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Classified (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 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.

Job Vacancies

Services Provided

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: (ptfsp-0108)Pattaya Secretarial Services. One Stop Service for your office needs, 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 Pattaya-

Today. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) for a free consultation. E-mail pappa@

Job Wanted

(ptfjw-w1708)Pretty Thai Girl, good personality, well-educated, trustworthy, honesty, speak English, driving with license looking for part time job as driver, taxi-driver from Pattayaairport or tour guide around Pattaya ,the East of Thailand, pay cheap price per day for more any questions please feel free contact any time at weaw. (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.

(ptfjv-em1908)Electronics Company of Game Vending Machines. Thai male with experience with computers. Tasks include repairing and production of vending game machine and a call out service for the vending machines. Also, driving a delivery truck. Must have a driving license. We offer good salary. Contact 081 762 8379. (ptfjv-em1908)Thai Male with Experience with Pool and Snooker Tables. Tasks include repairing and production of pool and snooker tables and a call out service. Also, driving a delivery truck. Must have a driving license. We offer good salary. Contact 081 762 8379. (ptfjv-em1908)Needed a Handy Man. Call 081 762 8379 (ptfjv-pa1808)Accounting, 2 Position, women, 20 year up, education higher vocational, can speak English, can use Microsoft office. Electric, 2 Position, man, 20 year up, education higher vocational, can speak English. Profil Architecture and Design Co., Ltd, 143/51 M.12 Thapprasit Road. Banglamung, Chonburi. Tel. 086 721 6900

(ptfjv-1808)Seeking Reliable Maebaan for Nongplalai. 2 half days per week Do & Fr 12 - 17 “, experienced cleaning, washing, ironing. Speak some English or German and worked for Foreigner advantage. Phone afternoon 081 810 5841. (ptfjv-1708)Computer Tutor Wanted. 3 days weekly, one and a half hour sessions in Naklua, pays 350 baht per session. 086 596 0966. Please call, don’t text. (ptfjv-ex1708)Male Driver Require…. 6 days/week working with Top Car Rental in Jomtien. Must have driving license and know some English. High Salary. Call for Interview. Tel. 038 364 461, 038 364 238. (ptfjv-ex1708)New Supermarket Opening Soon. Needs a Thai lady with experience about Supermarkets and can speak English. Call 038 364 238, 081 865 1011 (ptfjv-l708)Timeshare Wanted: Preferably Alive! Timeshare \”Dogs of War\” Thailand Experienced sales Liners for Jomtien office-\”Probably The Best Pay Package in Thailand! Contact Vacation By Design 082 216 7352. (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:10.0004.00 pm.

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Fax: (038) 374535 (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:10.0004.00 pm. (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 (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 (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: Website: (ptfjv-s1708)Free, Free, Frre, Room and Board, share a beautiful, large, 2 bedroom condo at Jomtien Plaza over looking Jomtien Beach, in exchange, cook Thai dinner and do light housekeeping, must speak good English. 038 231 999, before 11 a.m. or after 5 p.m., apt. 406/282 #2601, building A, 406 M.12 Thappraya Rd. (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. (ptm-te1408)Wanted Secretary. Required: Thai female, good in English, basic computer skill. Please apply at or call 086 841 5976. (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. Huay-Yai area. Tel 087 905 58 89. (ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: Coworkers wanted for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. A Captain with three years experience and a captain’s license. For more information contact Sara today sara@thailiving or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory.

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Classified 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-ChineseRussian-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

Job Vacancies

(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: saengduen_s@yahoo. com (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. Foreigner Sale Manager: Top ability & dynamic are required and sale experi-

ence 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: (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:kim@ 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@ (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


Mc Flight Travel & Visa. Cheapest Air Fares. Promotion BKK-LON, FRA,PAR, ROM, GVA Start from 10,000 O/W 20,100 R/T. Special Promotion on September AMS-BKKAMS . 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 Email....

Vehicles for Rent

(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 Visit our website at 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.

Vehicles for Sale

(ptfcs-t1908)2008 Accord 2.4

best model with all options. Gold color with brown leather and new body style. Perfect condition. Cost 1,550,000 baht and selling for 1,200,000 baht. English 087 797 591 Thai 086 217 0040 and English or Thai 084 779 3722. (ptfas-j1708)Cycling to Angkor Wat from Pattaya in August. Interested? Also, Madone frame/fork 2008, 3000kms, 59 cm as new, cost 56,000 baht, sell 15,000 bt. 089 253 2983 (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:// or call: Lek/Jeep 086 072 9843 (ptfvs-c1508)For Sale 2007 Mitsubishi Triton Plus 2.5 diesel turbo black, 4 door, automatic, only 13,000kms. showroom condition! First to pay me 550,000 baht takes it away! For more information call 081 187 8633(English) (ptfvs-j1508)Honda Click 2007, 2600 Km. Only 26000 Bath. Tel. 087 142 2237 (ptm-c0007)Toyota Tiger 3.0 Turbo Diesel 4x4 2 Door. Big Cab 1999, 5 speed, power steering. Heavy duty front and rear bumpers. Raised suspension, air bag, ABS, C.D. Big alloys, loads of extras, 130,000 kms. Full history. Falang owned. Immaculate condition. 390,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539. (ptfvs-k0708)Toyota 2003 Sport Rider 4X4 Auto DSL. Only 140,000 ks Only 475,000 offer. 08 600 68 390. (ptfvs-k0708)A Solid Gold Longines Watch and Band, valuation $14,000 – new $20,000. Sell for only $6,000 or swap for jet ski or car or 4 wheel drive. 08 600 68 390. (ptfvs-r0408)2003 Nissan NV Truck with Carryboy. Topautomatic 69,000 km. Excellent condition. 229,000 baht or best offer, tax and insured. 086 109 0721.

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Amari welcomes H.E. Mr. Toshihiro NIKAI

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Pattaya’s Top of the Gulf Regatta 2009

Hundreds of yachts from throughout Asia and around the world competed in the Raimon Land-sponsored Top of the Gulf International Regatta 2009, one of the region’s most prestigious sailing events held from April 30 – May 4 at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya. Raimon Land’s support of the regatta, which featured 11 hotly contested classes including the HM The King’s Platu Coronation Cup and the Optimist Thailand Nationals for single hull dinghies, is part of the luury property developer’s strategy to promote Thailand’s marine leisure activities as a key attraction for its resort destinations. Hometown favourite Damrongsak Pongwichlen took IRC 2 honours at the helm of Royal Thai Navy (pictured) ahead of David Bell and Leif Ho, while Matt Allen notched up the overall win in IRC 1 onboard Ichi Ban ahead of Pascal Leray and Gary Baguley. Other class winners included Renfred Tay in IRC Cruising Class, Radab Kanjanavanit in Ocean Hulls, and Damrongsak Vongtim and Kitsada Vongtim in Hobie 16.

Gian’s Restaurant 3rd year anniversary

H. E. Mr. Toshihiro NIKAI, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, JAPAN, was warmly welcomed on a recent visit at the luxurious 5-Star Ocean Tower of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya. Photo from left to right: H. E. Mr. Toshihiro NIKAI, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, JAPAN, Khun Makoo Techasophon, Deputy General Manager of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower

Gian’s Restaurant on Tappraya Road held celebrations for their 3rd Anniversary on the 25th of last month. Restaurateur, Mr. Guido Vietri, took great pleasure in welcoming friends, guests and well wishers to this very special evening. Gian’s Restaurant is widely known as one of the finest eateries in the Pattaya area, highly respected by gourmet diner’s, serving excellent quality, and authentic Italian cuisine and fine wines.

ASEAN Tourism Association at Dusit Thani

Dusit Thani Pattaya General Manager Chatchawal Supachayanont (far left, standing row) is seen with the delegates to the 2nd ASEANTA (ASEAN Tourism Association) Board Meeting 2009 led by Thai Hotels Association President Prakit Chinamourphong (seated 5th from right) as they concluded the convention at the five- star hotel 25 April 2009. The event was attended by the ASEAN Hotel and Restaurant Association, ASEAN Airlines Association and Federation of ASEAN Travel Association and gave member countries the opportunity to formulate plans and strategies to boost their respective businesses as they extend aid to each other in the face of the present economic downturn.

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USNL holds Charity Bingo Night

The US Navy League recently held a Charity Bingo Night at the Moooore Bar and Grill on Second Road. A large number of members, with their families and friends, turned out to support this very worthwhile event to raise money for the Ban Saeng School for the Deaf. The money raised will go towards buying learning aids for the 350 children who attend the centre.

Twenty Years for Don Joe Restaurant

Towards the southern end of Pattaya’s most famous landmark, Walking Street, you will not want to miss sampling the excellent food on offer at the ‘Don Joe’ Italian Restaurant. The owner, with 23 years experience in catering before coming to Pattaya, has been at this same location for twenty years, now there is a mark of quality. He was recently delighted to welcome the Italian Consul Dr. Bettagino Paolo, along with Father Giovanni and his friends from the Camillion AIDS Centre in Rayong plus special guests, to celebrate 20 years in Walking Street.

Mantra’s Marvelous 3rd Anniversary

The Bangkok celebrities, such as Khun Patcharasri ‘Kalamare’ Benjamas, Khun Wuttitorn ‘Woody’ Milintajinda, Khun Sikarintarn ‘Nok’ Plaituean, Khun Pornprom ‘Summer’ Saibua and Khun Sitthichock ‘Gun’ Plengpanich, recently celebrated the 3rd Anniversary of one of Pattaya City’s hottest, most chic and dynamic spots, Mantra Restaurant & Bar, on the North Beach Road, Pattaya. The Management Team of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya, led by Mr. David Cumming, General Manager (4th left), welcomed the crowd to Pattaya’s most spectacular dinner party event of the year!

Manhattans host US Jazz Singer

Who could ask for more? Not only the exquisite food and excellent service we have come to expect from one of Pattaya’s leading restaurants, but an evening’s entertainment provided by visiting US jazz singer and trumpet player Steve Lowry, to add to the enjoyment. Steve has had a love of music from the age of four, composed his first song at eleven, and has travelled the world playing with the famous US Army Band, before playing extensively throughout America. Everyone agreed this was one of the finest jazz nights held at Manhattans each Saturday evening, with special guest performers on the first Saturday of the month.

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