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Volume 8, Issue 18

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15 years free education policy misunderstood

Towards the end of May, one of our reporters received complaints from many parents, with children attending public schools throughout Pattaya, that the Government Policy of 15 years free education for all children was not being followed in the Pattaya area. The policy gives the impression that all children receive free tuition, textbooks and uniforms. However, schools are asking parents to pay towards these three items, a situation the parents are not happy about. Parents are being asked to pay for School books with ‘Not for sale, free for students’ stamped on them. Schools outside of the Pattaya jurisdiction have not asked parents for ant contributions. Many of the schools have erected display billboards stating that they do not receive support from the government; therefore, no free education is avaiable. Our reporter contacted the Provisional Education Office for their comments, they stipulated that..... 1. Textbooks are provided free of charge for all students. The students must keep them in good order and return them at the end of each academic year. 2. Stationery would be

supplied for all students with 100 baht allowed for Kindergarten, 195 baht for Elementary, 210 baht for Junior High and 230 baht for High School students. 3. Uniforms are paid for by the government at the rate of 300 baht for Kindergarten, 360 for Elementary, 450 for High School and 500 baht for High School students. 4. The government is responsible for expenses involved in other activities, including ethical and moral training, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, camping, etc. 5. The government will help with expenses for children attending Private School. Pattaya City Hall held a press conference, chaired by Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, along with City Officials and representatives of the Bureau of Education, to try and shed some light on how the misunderstandings have arisen. When the present Govern-

ment issued their manifesto, before the last elections, they stated that one of their objectives was free education for children, including tuition, text books and uniforms. In the subsequent media releases they have reiterated this point on many occasions. However, the problems have arisen because the Government only intended the free education for children attending ‘Ministry of Education’ schools, not schools run by local administrations,

which include schools in Pattaya and Bangkok. The Government has failed to paint a clear picture for the general public. The Government will supply two free school uniforms to Elementary and High school students, but not free tuition, text books or stationary, these will still have to be paid by the parents. However, there was good news from the Pattaya Mayor, who stated that even though the Government did not supplement the Pattaya Schools, Pattaya City Hall, have been doing their bit. The City has arranged for students to get text books free of charge, provided they give them back in a good state at the end of the year. The City have been handing out stationary to pupils from a poor background for


many years, way before the Government started their campaign. Pattaya City Hall also provides the schools with English teachers, school buses, computer labs, school bags and they provide breakfast for underprivileged students free of charge. The Bureau of Education stated that they would hold a public meeting to explain to parents the realities of this 15 years free education program, and in the mean time they would inject a further 4.3 million baht into the educational budget to purchase school uniforms.

English drug dealer escapes from Pattaya police Police recently received a tip-off that a European man was distributing drugs and would be dealing later in the evening at the parking lot at the 93 Miles Bar in South Pattaya. Senior police officers led their fellow officers to the car park and stacked out the location. A black Toyota Fortuner, with jacked up sus-

pension and blue neon lights underneath was seen entering the car park, with a European driver and two Thai female passengers. The driver exited the truck and was acting in a highly suspicious manner; he suddenly spotted the police and quickly ran back to his vehicle. In his bid to escape he drove directly

into a police car which was being used to block his exit, he sped away into Soi Batman, South Pattaya, with the police in hot pursuit. As police waited for him at the entrance to the Sukhumvit Road, he again smashed his truck into the police car and carried on his escape. Continued on page 6

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New waste incinerator ‘canned’ In December 2007 Pattaya City Hall together with administrators from Banglamung signed a contract with C.U.G.U. Environmental Protection Resource Company (Thailand), to build an incinerator, on the existing site of the Pattaya Garbage Site, at a cost of 3 billion baht. At a recent meeting, it was agreed to cancel the project, mainly because of its huge budget, and look for other forms of waste disposal. One of the methods of waste disposal being looked into is to burn the garbage at a

Maintaining peace and harmony in the community

The Pattaya Park Beach Resort was the venue recently when the Internal Security Affairs Bureau (ISAB), in conjunction with the Department of Provincial

Administration and the Interior Ministry, held a training seminar for government officials. Deputy Governors along with other high ranking officials from 26 provinces attended the training seminar ‘Resolve Conflicts by Peaceful Methods’. With the current world and local economy crash the country is facing more conflicts and rifts. Therefore, government employees, working directly with the public, must be trained in the art of diffusing explosive situations in a calm and professional manner. In the event of a conflict within the community, officials must be able to bring reason to the argument and act as arbitrators, to resolve the dispute, without showing favour to either party.

very high temperature, also producing electricity, and a much ‘Greener’ solution to Pattaya’s ever increasing garbage problems. The meeting was adjourned

with no final decisions being made, however, they will get together again in the near future to try and tackle this problem. by Thaksin

Grand Opening of Visa World in Pattaya

The Visa World Consulting Company LTD. is a new company formed by a professional team with an abundance of knowledge and experience in all areas of the tricky visa business. They offer a comprehensive service for clients wishing to take their Thai partners to the UK, USA, Australia, all European countries, in fact, anywhere in the world. Whether you require a visa for holidays, to study or for permanent residence, they have the solution. They will hold your hand and guide you through all the information required, consultation on the necessary documentation, prepare you for your

interview with an Embassy official, and submit all the documentation required to make your visa application as hassle free as possible. They offer a range of other services for the ex-pat community including translation of documentation, certification from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch language lessons and air tickets and travel insurance. A full range of Thai visa’s are obtainable including student, tourist, dependent visas, work permits, urgent marriage registration, etc. For more information please contact Visa World on 02-6502864, 038-426903, 086-7005858

Windsurfing Association of Thailand seeks funding The Wind Surfing Association of Thailand held a meeting with Pattaya City Mayor, Mr. Ittipol Khunpluem, and other leading Pattaya officials recently to discuss funding for the association. Secretary Mr. Pattana Boonsawus, explained that the association has large monthly expenses to help pay for the athlete’s training and equipment. Recently they had purchased 5 technology training boards from a Singapore company, with the promise from the Sports Association of Thailand (SAT), that they would reimburse the costs if the Windsurfers paid it initially, this has not happened, therefore, they find themselves with very little cash in the coffers. Training is obviously the most impor-

tant part of their services and sufficient funds are imperative. The association have found themselves in the predicament of having to look for private sponsorship; fortunately, they have managed to secure a million baht from the Thai Beverage Company, of which they have already received 300,000 baht. How-

ever, the club funds are still very low, with no prospect of receiving money from the SAT in the near future. With competitors being sent to the Delta Lloyds Regatta 2009, in the Netherlands from May 17th thru June 2nd, and another youth competition, June 29th thru July 7th, 2009 in Singapore, a cash influx is desperately needed.

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Night venues get checked out

Belgium man bitten by Thai girlfriend Staff at the Memorial Hospital got a bit of a shock recently when a Belgium man, Mr. Eddy Develde, aged 56, admitted himself to their care after being bitten in his most private of regions. Hospital staff, after they had finished smirking, rang the police to report the incident. When the police arrived at the hospital, Eddy was surrounded by worried friends who had heard about his unfortunate encounter with one of the fiercest creatures in Thai nature. However, Mr. Eddy was having none of it, and decided to plead the 5th, and say nothing, preferring not to press charges and try and forget about the whole sorry situation as soon as possible. Medical staff had good news, there did not appear to be any long term damage encountered, and after some very delicate stitching, they advised him to stay in

hospital so they could keep a close eye on him and his brave little soldier!! Friends of Mr. Eddy’s informed police that he had been staying with his Thai girlfriend in Diana Inn for approximately a month, but recently they had been heard arguing a lot, and she seemed very upset. Police cannot do anymore at this time, however, they hope Mr. Eddy may change his mind when he is feeling better and file a complaint. Let’s hope that all turns out well for this unfortunate Belgium man and that he will not be left with any long lasting physical or emotional scars. One police officer was seen to ask, with a smirk on his face, how the lady in question had managed to get so close to his manhood with her teeth. Well that is one I am sure we will all ponder in the coming weeks!!

Treasure hunters claim gold inside mysterious containers

In a new twist to the story of skeleton’s being found in containers on the bottom of the ocean around Pai, Kram, Juang Island, and Jaan Island, local treasure hunters claimed that there was gold coins buried with the skeletons. The two treasure hunters who claimed the existence of gold coins, Mr. Wutcharapong Duangsuda, aged 30, and Mr. Porntep Piwita, aged 44, unfortunately died in November 2007, when the bomb they were to drop into the ocean to kill fish, exploded on deck, sinking them and the boat with no trace. The containers measuring three metres in width and six metres high are believed to

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have been buried in the sea for at least 20 years. Local residents believe a number of stories on their origin including gold, toxic chemicals and the favourite of skulls and skeletons. The cost of salvaging the buried containers would be expensive, however, Thai Navy personal are to use miniature cameras to search the inside of the containers to try and find out the truth on their contents. The Sattahip District Chief, has warned local residents to stop spreading rumours of buried treasure or haunted containers until the truth has been revealed, as they are not helping the situation.

Pattaya City Hall Officials recently visited the ‘Differ Pub’ in North Pattaya, as part of their ongoing battle to bring all night time entertainment venues in line with the Interior Ministry Act. Of the 927 registered night venues, 33 are thought to be in violation of the new act. When making the inspections officials are looking to fulfil three criteria, 1, the examination of the ‘Night Venue Permit’, 2, ensuring the legal age of patrons is enforced (no under 20’s) and 3,

inspect the building's safety measures, fire alarms, exits and extinguishers. The new act which was brought in after the ‘Santika Pub’ in Bangkok, burnt down with many dead, is hoped to

Police issue policies for gold shops to prevent another heist

In response to the recent heist of a gold shop in Jomtien, Pattaya Police organised a meeting at the Tukwinai Meeting Room at Pattaya Police Station, to discuss security measures with local gold shop owners. At the meeting, police issued a list of 10 preventative measures to help ensure a robbery of this type would not be repeated. Police Lieutenant Colonel Chanaput told fellow Crime Prevention Officers and owners that by working in conjunction with the police, the owners should beef up existing security measures to include the following. 1. Installation of CCTV cameras with high definition picture quality, and ensure they are operational at all times. 2. Installation of Burglar Alarm with Panic Button. 3. Installation of automatic doors or grating. 4. Memorise features of customers entering and leaving the store. 5. Ensure customers remove sunglasses, hats, hel-

mets, etc, before entering. 6. Keep to the official opening and closing times as laid down by Gold Shop Association guidelines. 7. Female shop assistants must not be left alone and a Security Guard should be in attendance at all times. 8. Stickers should be affixed to doors asking clients to remove sunglasses, hats, etc. before entering. 9. All stores must obtain the necessary permits to operate a gold shop. 10. Anyone acting in a suspicious manner, or who are trying to sell suspicious merchandise, should immediately be reported to the local police on 038-420-802-5 or 191, which is manned 24/7. Police Lieutenant Colonel Chanaput added that if every store owner follows these simple guidelines, a robber will think twice before attempting to rob gold stores. He assured all those present that the police force would work harder to prevent robberies, paying careful attention to gold shops. by Nana

Tourism Regional Sales Promotion held in Pattaya

More than 500 business and tourist professionals, from 53 provinces around Thailand, got together recently at the

Ravindra Hotel in Pattaya. Delegates were officially welcomed to the City and the conference by Pattaya City

prevent this type of incident being repeated in the future. All licences and permits must be in date and stamped, all fire exit signs, emergency lighting, fire extinguishers and alarm systems must be

fully working at all times. Any venue found to be in violation of the act will be given a written warning to bring everything up to scratch or have their establishment closed permanently.

Father Ray Foundation gives thanks to Hard Rock Hotel

The Father Ray Foundation recently visited the Hard Rock Hotel to give a ‘Big thank you’ note and a souvenir to Mr. George Hazard (right), General Manager, Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, as a token of appreciation to the Hotel in support of the "Global Angels Feed A Child Campaign" . This yearly campaign under the Father Ray Foundation provided £16,000 to feed and care for 400 orphans, the neglected and disabled children.

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya is proud to be associated with this meaningful campaign and this is in line with one of our Hotel mottos, ‘Take Time to be Kind’. Seen in photo are Bro. Denis Gervais, C.Ss.R, Vice President of The Father Ray Foundation, Khun Ajima Chavalit – Thamrong, Asst. Office Manager of The Father Ray Foundation and Mr. George Hazard, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. by Nana

New road nears completion, maybe Pattaya City Deputy Mayor, Mr. Ronnakit Ekkasing, recently held a press conference to report on the progress being made on the new ‘Railway Road’, running parallel with the Sukhumvit Road. He stated that the project was 80% completed with traffic lights and railway crossings being operational by the 24th of last month, however, a 12 day extension would be allowed to the contractors if they hit teething problems. He further stated that the road surface

could not be improved until the drainage problems, which have led to flooding, had been sorted out.

Mayor, Mr. Ittipol Khunpluem, and Mr. Chanyoot Hengtragoon, former MP. The theme of the event ‘Together as One’ was aimed at improving and promoting tourism to Thailand. A brainstorming session was open to all with ideas on how to

promote tourism to a national and international market. Lectures were given on the ‘Private’ and Governments’ roles in resolving the tourism crisis. This event is held every two years, with the location rotated by member voting.

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Thanachart Bank opens new customer service centre

The ‘Grand Opening’ of the largest customer service centre on the Eastern Seaboard recently took place on North Pattaya Road. The centre, part of the Thanachart Bank Company, was officially opened by Mr. Pisit Tawit Boonchuang, Deputy Governor of Chonburi, with Pattaya Mayor and other local dignitaries in attendance. The Thanachart Bank PLC Co., Ltd has seen rapid growth

over the last few years. With a policy of quick, low interest loans for cars, house purchases etc. they have in a short period of time become a firm favourite in this very competitive market. With a range of services including banking, loans, life insurance, mutual fund investment, etc. they can cater to the banking requirements from personal to corporate. by Thaksin

Pattaya organises a Takraw tournament for local residents

Takraw is the game we see many young men playing on any spare piece of land around Pattaya with a ball made from woven rattan strips. Recently, in an attempt to encourage the more mature players to take up the sport, Pattaya City held a press conference to announce a tournament for the general public. Each team of 3 players must have a combined age of at least 90 years, and coaches and players from 30 teams attended the press conference to find out further information. The Tournament, organised by Pattaya City as part of

their ongoing commitment to improve the life of their residents, took place from the 22nd to the 24th May at Pattaya School Number 7 and was a huge success. With trophy’s and cash prizes being awarded to the winning teams by Mr. Sontaya Khunpluem, former

Sports and Tourism Minister and Pattaya Mayor, Mr.


Central opens news shopping mall in Chonburi

Following the hugely successful opening of the Central Festival Shopping Centre in Pattaya a few months ago, Mr. Gob Jiratiwut, Managing Director of the Central Group, recently held a press conference to announce the opening of the new 4.6 Billion baht shopping centre in Chonburi on May 29th. With an area of 165,000m2, housing in the region of 200

Sweets, and a small amount of exercise 5 days a week. Mr. Gawin Luttagoon, Director of Sales, TescoLotus, explained that the company are not only interested in supplying the best quality products and services at affordable prices, but also to care for their client's health and wellness. The company encourages all customers and staff to eat healthily and partake of a little exercise 5 times a week. He

stores, this is one store that will become a major tourist attraction for visitors to the region. With a budget of 80 million baht for the opening celebration, with the themes ‘Talk of the Town’ and ‘the Miracle of Water’, this will no doubt be as incredible as the recent opening of the Pattaya store, which was enjoyed by 1,000’s. by Thaksin

Over 100 people admitted to Banglamung Hospital with food poisoning The Banglamung Hospital recently got more patients than they could handle when around 100 Government workers were rushed to the hospital with food poisoning. The sick workers were part of a 400 strong contingent made up from Village Chief’s, Community Committees and municipality staff attending a study tour in Sree Racha and Pattaya. On the second day of their tour they travelled to Sree Racha and lunched in the Ittipol Khunpluem. Mr. Wuttana gave a short speech in which he outlined the City’s endeavours to try and improve the health and fitness of local residents by holding events on a regular basis including Takraw, Windsurfing, Mountain Bike Racing, Wrestling, Beach Soccer and Beach Volley Ball. He believed such activities would encourage residents to live a healthier life and abstain from too much alcohol or the use of drugs. It was hoped that it would encourage tourists from other regions in Thailand.

Tesco-Lotus promotes good health Tesco-Lotus in their ongoing campaign to make shoppers and staff aware of 'Health Issues' have started a campaign, 'We care about you' in an attempt to educate their clients in better food options. The program, 'Good Health number 5', is to encourage their clients to consume a good health option from the 5 main food groups, 1.) Grain, 2.) Fruits, 3.) Meats and Protein, 4.) Dairy, 5.) Fats, Olis and

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continued that good nutrition, hygiene and exercise, are essential to long and healthy lives. Tesco-Lotus was the first supermarket chain to make available nutritional facts on their goods way back in 2007. Customers are always welcome to ask staff if they are not clear on the information, and a song will be playing in the background at the store, with further hints and tips.

Navy Base Exchange, Bangpra, later in the evening Pattaya City Hall hosted a dinner for them at the Gold Fish Restaurant in Naklua, where most of the food served was seafood, stir fried, deep fried and hot and sour soups. After dinner they returned to the Welcome Jomtien Hotel,

Pattaya, for a good night’s rest. At around 1.00am, many people complained of stomach aches, diarrhoea and vomiting, some even passed out. However, by 3.00am, nearly everyone was ill and the more severe cases were transferred to the Banglamung Hospital. With so many patients at once it was necessary for the hospital to set up an emergency mobile unit in

the car park. After treatment and medication, many of the affected preferred to return to the hotel for what was left of the night, whilst the more severe cases were admitted to the hospital for the night. A spokesman for the group, Mr. Paiyon, stated that they did not know which restaurant had been at fault and that he had asked the Public Health Department to check them both.

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Royal Thai Navy celebrates Abhakorn Day

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US sailors give a helping hand

Abhakorn Day is a celebration of the life of Admiral Phra Borommawongther Abhakorn Kromluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak, known as the Father of the Thai Royal Navy, who passed away on May 19th 1923. He was the son of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V),

PILC coffee morning at the Moooore Bar

Once again, the ladies of Pattaya International Ladies Club met for their monthly coffee morning at Moooore Bar & Grill. There was a great turnout, with over eighty ladies who turned up to enjoy the wonderful selection of sandwiches and pastries and catch up with friends. There was a special presentation of shoe boxes filled

with stationary items for school. The project started in January with the aim to fill two hundred brightly decorated boxes ready for school and distribute to needy students for when they return to school in May. To date one hundred and ten boxes have been filled with necessary items and distributed to children from

Muggings in computer store After three youths were seen repeatedly hassling people for money who used the ATM machine at the Tukcom Computer Store by security staff, police arrived on the scene in time to catch them a short distance from the store. Arriving quickly at the scene, Police Lieutenant Somchai Chaikananugoon, managed to apprehend the three assailants at the Centre Condotel. The alleged criminals, Mr. Watson Kaewchalard, aged 17, Mr. Teerapong Promrach, aged 20, and Mr. Wit Saerueng, aged 17, were searched at the scene, where police officers discovered a knife and small amount of cash. They told police officers that they worked and lived

in Soi Sunee, South Pattaya, and had done nothing wrong. They exercised their right to remain silent; however, evidence given by the security guards at the store will not do them any good. The guards explained to police officers that the three accused had been hanging around the machines on a number of occasions, the first sign of police, and they took to their heels. As the youths witnessed foreigners or students withdrawing money from the ATM’s they would harass them for money, if refused, they would threaten them with their knife. The young men were held for further questioning whilst police officers gather information and witness statements.

educated at the Naval Academy in the United Kingdom, and is remembered for laying the foundations for the Thai Royal Navy and contributing to its modernisation. Passing away at the very early age of 44 at Sairee Beach, he is revered by the Thai Nation after serving as the Navy’s Commander in Chief. Celebrations

took place at the Sattahip Naval Base to mark this special day which included the liturgies being chanted by nine Monks, the laying of a wreath and joss sticks at the statue in honour of this respected figurehead and a 19 gun salute performed by the Air and Costal Defence Command Centre. by Nana

Kate’s project, Baan Jing Jai and the Street Kids Independent Living Centre. This was a great opportunity for the children to meet the ladies who contributed to this wonderful scheme. Gillian Thom, President of PILC, made a few announcements about the upcoming dates for welfare activities such as the monthly visit to the Guranyawet Disabled Ladies Home and the Garage

Sale at Phu Luang. Sadly, she was given the task of bidding newsletter editor, Sam Wilson, farewell on behalf of the members. The club also welcomed four new members. For anyone wanting to join the group or who would like more information about PILC, please contact President, Gillian Thom, on 081 762 6003 or email pilc262@

The Officers and crew of the USS Guardian MCM 5 arrived on the 9th may for a 4 day visit to Thailand. The President of The USNL, Eastern Seaboard Council Peter Thorand, welcomed them at the Swiss House and Restaurant. Khun Andy Wenger, the owner, hosted the party for the officers and crew and put on a good spread of complimentary European food out for them. The Ships Captain LCDR Theodore E. Essenfeld, Executive Officer LCDR Bryce A. Benson and many of the ships crew, enjoyed this change in their normal diet. However, this was not all they did. On the 14th May

they went to the Baan Thung Lahan School with the charity group “Spirit to Serve” from the Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa and put a new coat of paint on one of the school’s building. The Sailors provided all the paints, brushes and get the job done professionally. Their expertise in painting made them finished painting within 4 hours. At noon, the members of the “Spirit to Serve” group prepared a great Thai Lunch, which was enjoyed by all participants. Again the Visiting Sailors showed their generosity and commitment to help others. What else we can say then Thanks you Guys you did it again.

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English drug dealer escapes from Pattaya police

Khaotalo gang members arrested in Soi Khaotalo Two gang members of the notorious Khaotalo Gang were recently arrested and presented to the public at a recent press conference. Mr. Luis Kongnoi, and Mr. Woottipong or Pe Saelim, both aged 19, when arrested were caught in possession of 11 cell phones, a fake handgun, a Honda Wave motorcycle and numerous pawnshop receipts. Pattaya police representative, Police Colonel Somnuek Junket, revealed that the two youths were privileged members of this particular gang who had terrorised and robbed many Thai’s and foreigners alike. The five members of the gang think nothing of using knives and guns to rob the innocent; he stated there would be no shortage of witnesses ready to point the finger at the two arrested men. Earlier in the month, Mr.

Sumit Saengchutoe, aged 22, was innocently strolling along the beach at Bali Hai Pier, when he was approached by Mr. Louis and his accomplices on a motorcycle. Mr. Sumit, in a police statement made later in the day, stated that not only did the two muggers rob him, but they kidnapped him and took him to the Ekmongkon Village 1 in Soi Khaotalo, before relieving him of his mobile phone and cash. After he gave his statement, police officers applied to the courts for an arrest warrant for Mr. Luis and his associates. Mr. Luis was known to conduct most of his illegal activities in Soi Khaotalo and an arrest team was dispatched to apprehend him. The located the accused along with another member of this dangerous group, Mr. Woottipong, and both were arrested and taken to the police station to help with police enquiries. They confessed to being members of the Khaotalo Gang and being involved in a number of muggings and aggravated robberies. They explained to the police that once they had robbed someone, they would pawn the items stolen at one of the 24 hour pawnshops, and then use the money on drugs and night venues. The police warned the public that there are still three members of this gang loose on the streets, and diligence is required to ensure they are not the next victims. Police Colonel Somnuek, issued a

Shortly after, his car, which by this time was badly damaged, decided to give up on him and he was forced to abandon it by the railroad in Soi Tummasamukkee Temple, before dashing off into the bushes. Despite police searching the area, there was no sign of the driver. Police officers apprehended the vehicle, which had many ‘Police’ stickers on the windshield, along with the two Thai ladies, Mrs. Wunpen Teenon, aged 41, and Mrs. Anong Sumdangdetch, aged 29. They explained to the officers that they were bar girls and had been paid to accompany the man, Mr. Troy Curtis, a 56 year old British national, for the past month. They claimed to have no knowledge of his drugs dealing, however, they did admit to seeing the accused use white powder, probably cocaine, on a regular warning to the pawnbrokers in the Pattaya area, not to accept stolen goods at their businesses, otherwise they will find themselves in hot water. He asked them to co-operate and alert the police to any suspicious sellers or goods.

basis. Police found this very difficult to believe and took them into custody for further questioning. Police discovered that the vehicle was registered in the name of a Thai lady, name withheld, and they ascertained his home address in Soi Nongprue 3. Taking the two Thai ladies with them they went to search the premises. Within the room, police discovered 2 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 17 grams of cocaine, 1 bar of marijuana, 7 needles, 1 weighing machine, and plenty of plastic bags for distribution. They also discovered several bank books with hundreds of thousands of baht worth of transactions, along with Mr. Troy’s passport and a locked safe police believe conceals more drugs. All items were confiscated as evidence. A police report has been filed and an arrest warrant has been issued for Mr. Troy. He is charged with the distribution of illegal substances category 1, 2 and 5, and another charge of resisting arrest. The police believe they will bring him to justice very soon.

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Naked Norwegian and his leap of faith

The police stationed at the Dongtan Sub-station recently got a report of a European man, stark naked, and threatening to jump from his second storey balcony of the Thai Suite Inn, situated on Jomtien Beach. Arriving at the Inn with a Sawangboriboon Rescue Foundation team, the duty police officer did find what appeared to be a very intoxicated European man, in his birthday suit, who nobody could get any sense out of. The man was standing with his arms in the air, seeming to plead to the heavens above. As you can imagine, a crowd of onlookers had gathered to see if the man,

after he had finished his beseeching to God, would take the plunge. The police and rescue team made their way to his room, and whilst the officer tried to convince him to come back into the room without hurting himself, one of the rescuers managed to get close enough to subdue him and get him inside. He was still in a very agitated state and refused to put any clothes on, instead he fled down stairs, still naked, with police and emergency officers in hot pursuit. He was eventually apprehended, taken to the police station to cool down, after which police interviewed him to get to the root of the problem.

NEWS Russian couple arrested with counterfeit notes

A Russian couple Mr. Viktorov Evgeny, aged 28, and his wife, were recently detained at the Kasikorn Bank (Thai Farmer Bank), at their branch in Tesco Lotus, South Pattaya, after banking staff discovered the eighty £20 notes they were trying to change for local Thai baht was counterfeit. Police were quickly called to the scene, where after looking at the evidence against the married couple, took them to the police station to answer further questions. The Russian couple strenuously claimed their ignorance to the notes being counterfeit, claiming they had got the notes from a good friend of theirs and that they had a further 16 notes in their

residence at Soi Neonpubwan. The notes, which would have been changed into approximately 80,000 baht, were found to be forgeries when banking staff passed them under a money detecting machine. The banking staff advised the couple that the money was counterfeit, at which time they became very upset and stated their innocence. Bank staff believes the couple knew the notes were counterfeit and were trying to swindle the bank, however, no matter how good the notes appeared, they could not fool their detecting machine. The notes have of course been confiscated as evidence and after will be destroyed. by Soombon

The Thai Royal Navy will not stop looking for a ‘Diving Instructor’ who recently went missing along with one of his pupils on a regular diving trip. Both instructor and student are presumed dead at this time, however, only the body of the student, Mr. Pote Sawangwongseree, aged 23, a graduate student in at Thummasart University, has so far been found. The only sign of missing diving instructor, Mr. Wirut Tiranakornkoon, aged 35, owner of the Diver Evolution Company, was a white fin, medium size, believed to be the instructors. The family have asked the Navy

to continue their search which has included both sea and air rescue. The Rear Admiral in charge of the operation, told reporters of the Navy’s search around Rongkone Island, Rongnung Island, and Changklua Island. He reported that all efforts would be taken to try and find

Cambodian Buddhist fishermen attacked by Search for missing Muslim fishermen diving instructor continues

In the early hours of the morning, Police Senior Sergeant Major Ruaysup Ruk-issara, Chief of Saemsarn Police Box, Sattahip, received a call from a Sawangrojjanasatan Rescue Team, to report a multiple stabbing incident, which had left three Cambodian Buddhist fishermen in the ICU Unit at the Queen Sirikit Hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, he inspected the three injured fishermen, Mr. Sin, aged 28, who had been stabbed on the left side of his chest, his right ribs and head, Mr Joy, aged 28, who had been stabbed on the right hand side of his chest and Mr. Jun, aged 27, who had been stabbed by a piece of metal in his stomach. Police managed to question one of the friends of the victims, Mr. Da, a Cambodian Buddhist, who explained

that the three men had been enjoying a drink and karaoke in the Seamsarn Market, and whilst making their way home, they had been approached by a group of 7 Cambodian Muslim fishermen. An argument broke out and the Muslim fishermen attacked the Buddhist fishermen with their knives and sharp metal objects. Asked by reporters for his comments on this crime, Police Colonel Somchai Soontawanick, Sattahip Superintendent, spoke of an ever increasing problem with Muslim fishermen attacking Buddhist fishermen, solely because of a difference in religious beliefs. He expressed that he sees this as ‘hate’ crime which will not be tolerated, he will bring the assailants to justice, which will hopefully act as a deterrent to future attacks.

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Reckless driving kills 2 British men

In the early hours of May 22nd, around 6.00am, police were notified of a fatal road accident that had just occurred in front of the Big C Supermarket on Second Road, officers and a Sawangboriboon Rescue team quickly made their way to the location. At the scene they discovered the bodies of Mr. Matthiew Jenkins, aged 35, lying in the middle of the road and Mr. Alex George, aged 25, lying on the sidewalk. The two British men had sustained extensive damage to their bodies including broken arms and legs, broken helmets and severe head trauma. Their badly damaged Honda CBR

600cc motorcycle was found 100 metres away from where their bodies were discovered. A motorbike taxi driver who witnessed the accident explained that the two young men were travelling at high speed, using the road as a race track; he presumed they must be under the influence of alcohol to be travelling in such a way. As they approached the curve in the road, the driver appeared to lose control, they hit the sidewalk at high speed, were thrown from the cycle and would have died instantly from their injuries. The bodies were taken to the Banglamung Hospital and the British Embassy has been informed.

the missing instructor, however, the chances of finding him alive, had virtually disappeared. The wife of the missing instructor has told of the utter

disbelief of the instructor’s family and friends at this dreadful event. She extended her thanks to everyone involved in the mission to try and find her husband.

Finnish man dead after taking pain killers

A Finnish gentleman, Mr. Laitiomaki Timo Juhani, aged 45, recently returned to

his room in the Jomtien Hotel 2 with his girlfriend Miss Ranee, aged 25, complaining of

a terrible stomach ache. Miss Ranee popped to a local store to buy pain killers to try and ease his pain, and after taking the medicine, he decided to try and get some sleep. When Miss Ranee woke from her nap, at around 9.00pm, she could not wake her boyfriend, and concluding that somehow he had died, she contacted the police and a Sawangboriboon paramedic rescue team.

The Emergency Services arrived on the scene quickly, but could do nothing for the man who appeared to have been dead for 2-3 hours. There were no signs of foul play and there did not seem to be any suggestion of a robbery. The Finnish Embassy has been notified of the man’s death and his body has been transferred to hospital, where hopefully, an autopsy will find the cause of death.

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Fourth man captured following recent Jomtien Gold Shop heist


Police inspect Differ Pub for underage ravers

Following a number of tip-offs that the ‘Differ Pub’, As a follow up to our front page editorial last issue, on the ‘Gold Heist with Automatic Weapons’, acting on a tip off, Police Colonel Teerapon Jindaluang, Deputy Commander of Chonburi Provincial Police, currently acting as Pattaya Superintendent, obtained an arrest warrant and mounted an operation to capture one of the robbers still at large, Mr. Sakon or Sorn Ruksa, aged 26. He led a team of officers to an apartment block located on Soi Bangkradee 15, Saemdum, Bangkoontien, Bangkok, where the man was captured still in position of one of the gold chains. Soen, explained to the police, that after the robbery they divided up the chains and proceeded to sell them to Bangkok Taxi Drivers at 10,000 baht per chain, they

had plenty of interested customers, he used to be a taxi driver in the capitol and had many local contacts. Once he had sold most of his ill gotten merchandise, he became a favourite patron at many of the girl bars around Bangkok, spending his money on ensuring he had a really good time. He confessed to being the lookout in the black truck and carrying an automatic weapon. On the day following his arrest he was taken back to the crime scene to reconstruct his part in the robbery. The remaining robber still at large, Mr. Wichit Ruksa, aged 25, a construction worker in Soi 7, Jomtien, a cousin of Soen’s, is being sought by police officers. They believe he is still in the area and are hopeful of closing in on him in the very near future.

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behind Big C in North Pattaya, was allowing underage

patrons, less than 20 years, police led a raid at 2.30am to ascertain the truth for themselves. Police Colonel Teerapon Jindaluang, Deputy Commander of Chonburi Provincial Police, currently acting as Pattaya Superintendent, along with 50 fellow officers descended on the club in the wee hours of the morning. No underage patrons were discovered inside the club; however, a few partygoers

failed a drugs urine test, and were taken to the police station for further investigation. Many of the patrons were very unhappy with the interruption to their evening and harsh words were exchanged with the police officers. Fortunately, no one got out of hand, and full cooperation was given to the police officers, and they were soon able to get back to enjoying their evening. by Soombon

Female drugs dealer manages to escape police sting

Recently at the entrance to Siam Country Club Road from the Sukhumvit Road, Mr. Nipon Sae-ueng, aged 32, was stopped by police and found to be in possession of one amphetamine tablet. After questioning, Mr. Nipon

admitted that he was a trafficker in drugs selling to local teenagers. He explained to police officers that he bought 50 tablets each day from Mrs. Nu, for 9,000 baht, he filled drinking straws with 10 tablets each, then sold them

on for 2,000 baht per straw. Police took him back to his residence, but could find no trace of drugs, however he did admit that this had been his only business interest for quite a while. Police officers convinced Mr. Nipon to help them mount a sting operation, to try and apprehend his supplier, Mrs. Nu. He contacted her and placed an order for 200 amphetamine tablets for 32,000 baht, and at around 2.00am, undercover police officers entered the room where the purchase was to be concluded. However, things did not go according to plan, as Mrs. Nu, smelling a rat, managed to quickly escape out of a back door and escape into bushes behind the build-

ing. 20 Police officers, including volunteers, mounted a search around the area, but to no avail, she had disappeared. With search warrant in place the police searched Mrs. Nu’s room where they discovered 8 packets of 200 amphetamine tablets, 1,600 in total. Police also discovered a mobile telephone and ID card, which identified Mrs. Nu’s true identity as Mrs. Somjai Naksooksai, aged 42. The drugs, phone and ID card were confiscated as evidence and a police report has been filed. Police officers will request an arrest warrant for Mrs. Naksookasi, and hopefully bring her to justice in the very near future. by Soombon

NEWS Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital CPN organises road show organises pain seminar to promote new Central Plaza Centre Chonburi

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The Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital in conjunction with the American International Assurance Company (AIA), recently organised a seminar under the banner ‘Usual Pain can be Unusual’, at the Rehabilitation Centre at the hospital. They hoped to educate the audience by providing easy tips and steps to help eliminate pain themselves. The Rehabilitation Centre is located on the 3rd Floor of Building B and is open from 8.00am to 8.00pm daily. The centre offers state of the art rehabilitation equipment in

conjunction with doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. The centre can help you with neck and back injuries and an abundance of other therapies including, deep heat, superficial heat, cold compression, exercise, aquatic, electrical stimulation, massage, postural drainage, cardiac rehabilitation, occupational for stoke patients and children, speech and spinal and limb problems. For further information, please contact the hospital on 1719.

Sattahip District cracks down on illegal workers

The Sattahip District Chief, Mr. Chaicharn Iam-jaroen, recently instructed the District Deputy Chief against crime, to mount an operation to round up illegal workers in the area. The District Deputy in cooperation with senior police officers and 30 investigators mounted the cleanup operation in the vicinity of Baan Taotaan, Moo 8, Sattahip. After a thorough search of the area, 43 immigrant workers were discovered, of which only 17 of them had work permits. The remaining, illegal workers, 16 Cambodians, 5 Mons and 5 Burmese, were

taken to the police station to await a court appearance and deportation. Mr. Surachet Kaewkum, District Deputy Chief against Crime, who led the operation, will personally see the investigation through to its conclusion. He revealed that the Labour Ministry in 2008 released a report stating that 50% of legal immigrant workers did not renew their work permits when they expired. These workers would be deemed to be working illegally and be deported back to their home countries through the normal channels. by Nana

Workers dispute gets out of hand The Assistant to the Banglamung Crime Suppression Chief, Sub-Lieutenant Teerapong Ong-ard, recently received a report of a dispute between co-workers which was getting out of hand; a gun was being brandished by one of the employees. Arriving on the scene, he listened to a complaint from Mr. Seksun Boon-im, aged

45, a driver with the office of Public Works, claiming a co-worker, Mr. Somnuek Yampew, aged 46, an electrician for Public Works, had threatened him with a gun over a long standing argument. Police searched both parties and found a 9 millimetre Smith and Weston pistol with 8 bullets loaded hidden about

One of Thailand’s largest promotion companies, ‘Central Pattana Company’ or CPN, recently organised a road show to publicise the opening of the new Central Plaza Centre Chonburi on the 29th May. The former Minister of Tourism and Sport, Mr. Sontaya Khunpluem, presided over the event which was held at the Pedestal Cape, Bangsaen, Chonburi. The Managing Director of CPN, Mr. Goonton Boongrajang, was on hand with his

staff to welcome the Minister and honoured guests. Many famous actors and actresses attended the road show to add an element of glamour, and they delighted crowds by handing out cold drinks on this very hot day. The new store which opened on the 29th of last month has over 200 stores including Robinson Department Store, Tops Market, PowerBuy, B2S, Super Sports, Office Depot, Carefour, SF Cinema City, etc.

Cambodian oracle drugged 3 Thai ladies looking for ‘LOVE’

‘The road to true love is not always smooth’, as three young Thai ladies found to their cost recently. The story begins when Miss Junsree Rukmit, aged 23, from Surin, the room owner, Miss Orm and Miss Porn (aliases), finished work at the America Paradise Beer Bar in Soi 7, and were on their way home. On the way, they were stopped by a Cambodian lady, approximately 45 – 50 years old, who explained she was a Cambodian Fortune Teller, and could perform a sacred ritual for them, which would make men fall head over heels in love with them, which in turn would provide them with a good looking, wealthy husband who would take care of them forever.

She had preformed this ritual many times in the past with fantastic results. The young ladies decided that this was an opportunity ‘not to be missed’ and invited the lady back to their apartment to perform the ritual. During the Holy Ritual, they were instructed to light joss sticks and drink a special formula coffee made by the fortune teller. A figure of a ‘golden boy’ was ceremoniously placed on the shrine, while special liturgies were chanted to the spirits, to improve their love life and financial status. At this stage the young girls became very sleepy and quickly passed out. They knew no more until the next day when Miss

Mr. Yampew’s person. He explained to the officer that he had a permit for the gun but had never had any intention of using it in the quarrel; it was solely for his own protection. He did not want to hurt anybody, although he did admit to his hate for his co-worker, and that they had exchanged blows on a number of occasions in the past.

He claimed that he lived in fear of Mr. Boon-im and the gun was only to be used as a deterrent to stop the man from attacking him. Police have filed a report and Mr. Somnuek was charged with carrying a firearm in a public place without good reason, he is due to appear in court in the near future.

Junsree woke to find they had been robbed, she dragged herself next door to a neighbour’s house that contacted the police and asked for a Sawangboriboon Rescue Team. On arrival the emergency services immediately helped the young woman and her two unconscious friends before transferring them to the Banglamung Hospital for further medical treatment. Two of them had bruises on their foreheads where they had been struck by a hard object whilst unconscious. Police officers inspected the room where they discovered paraphernalia used in religious rituals including incense, candles, flowers, a small amount of cash and the image of the ‘golden boy’ still in place on the shrine along with the three empty coffee cups which had contained the ‘special brew’. The room had been ransacked and was in

complete disarray. The Cambodian Oracle managed to escape with three mobile telephones and three purses containing approximately 10,000 baht. The young ladies had no idea of the fortune tellers name, however, police managed to view CCTV footage from the apartment block showing the three girls entering with the lady, and she exiting alone, an hour later, with two bags, before hailing a motorbike taxi driver and disappearing into the distance. Police believe she is an old hand at this type of operation, as she wore a hat at all times as a disguise against the CCTV cameras. The young ladies will be interviewed further when they are feeling better, in the mean time; police have made a report and will do everything within their power to bring this malicious offender to justice.

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Royal Cliff Beach Resort & Peach win EIA Monitoring Award

The 5-star Royal Cliff Beach Resort and its world-class, multi-purpose meeting facility, Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) were presented the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Monitoring Award 2008 by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in recognition of their outstanding environmental management practices.

The Resort previously won the EIA Monitoring Award in 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2006. To date, Royal Cliff Beach Resort has received 79 awards for its achievements in the hospitality industry from renowned national and international organisations, and is the first convention hotel in Thailand to achieve both ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 accreditation.

BUSINESS NEWS Raimon Land enhances customer lifestyles at Siam Paragon Luxury Property Showcase 2009

Luxury property developer Raimon Land is offering customers exclusive access to top international interior product brands for its high-end condominiums at the Siam Paragon Luxury Property Showcase 2009 from May 14 to 24. The award-winning developer has teamed up with Thailand’s leading distributor of luxury household brands, Aviva Décor, to enable customers to match world-renown names such as Bang and Olufsen, Giorgetti, Rolf Benz and Fritz Hansen with the developer’s stylish interiors. Highly competitive prices will be available for The River (Bangkok) and Northpoint (Pattaya) developments at the event, with customers who make a purchase entitled to a voucher of up to THB1.5

million per unit to buy Aviva Décor’s imported products. Raimon Land Director of Marketing, Henri Young, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity for customers to not only enjoy superb value, but enhance their luxurious lifestyles through access to this collection of exclusive brands. “It is clearly a strong match to twin such exceptional interior fittings with our own high-quality interiors and we expect a strong response from both loyal and new customers.” The Siam Paragon Luxury Property Showcase 2009 was held in the Hall of Fame at the Siam Paragon shopping complex from May 14 to 24. For more information, please visit

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Pattaya City selecting promotions company Pattaya City Hall, very aware of the economic problems facing the City, held a meeting recently to look at the possibility of hiring a professional public relations company to improve the City’s reputation throughout Thailand and the rest of the world. The meeting, chaired by Mr. Woottipon Jareonpone, Chief of Pattaya Deputy Officer, looked at the ways to promote Pattaya’s latest tourist promotion ‘Pattaya, a City on Sale’. The meeting discussed a budget to allow for extensive media coverage, both in the Thai free TV stations and through international media outlets and finding the right advertising company to promote the City. The press was allowed to

attend the first half of the meeting, however, when individual companies were being explored, the press was asked to leave. The meeting did not want the press to publish articles on the companies being proposed, or the criteria they are looking for, before the companies had had a chance to submit their proposals. by Thaksin

Centara’s new Bhundhari Restaurant on the move Spa Resort & Villas Samui offers very special New Director of Sales at introductory packages Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa

Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa is pleased to announce the promotion of Mr.Kerati Chantaravisutlert to be its new Director of Sales. Mr. Kerati, who joined the hotel in 2007, had been working as the Assistant Director of Sales since last year. In his new role, Mr. Kerati will take charge of the Sales and Marketing team as well as support the Revenue Management and Reservations teams. He will also continue to build close relationships with clients across a wide range of sectors. Mr.Kerati said: “I am delighted to be given this op-

portunity and am looking forward to helping move the business ahead, particularly at this challenging yet exciting time.”

Joachim Grill appointed General Manager of Royal Cliff Beach Resort Panga Vathanakul, managing director of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Joachim Grill as General Manager of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort. An Austrian native, Mr. Grill has a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany and brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the team. Prior to joining the Royal Cliff Beach Resort as General Manager, Mr. Grill has held managerial positions with Centara Hotels & Resorts and gained extensive experience from international postings within the hospitality industry, as well as a strong background in hotel operations, with hotels including

Banyan Tree and Raffles. As General Manager of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, Mr. Grill will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of one of the largest and most comprehensive hotel, convention and spa facilities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Relocating from 3rd Road, the Kanomjeen Khun Bee Restaurant, recently opened its doors at its new venue on Soi Yume (next to Carrefour) of Central Road. The owner of the restaurant, Mrs. Jidaoa Tupanich (Bee), took great pleasure in welcoming guests to the new venue, which commenced with the liturgies being chanted by Monks from

the Chaimonkon Temple. The restaurant has always been well known for Thai Spaghetti and Vermicelli, served with a range of sauces including Chicken Green Curry, Thick Spicy Soup and Fish Sauce, to name a few. The restaurant will be open daily from 9.00am to 4.00pm also offering firm favourites, Somtum and Fried Chicken. by Nana

Orapin Group appoints Centara Hotels & Resorts to manage two island properties The Orapin Group has officially appointed Centara Hotels & Resorts to manage its two resort hotels on Samui and Koh Pa-Ngan, saying that Centara’s reputation and experience makes the company Orapin’s ideal business partner for these two prestigious ventures. Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas Samui is newly constructed, while Centara Pariya Resort Koh Pa-Ngan was completed a little over a year ago. Both resort hotels are positioned at the upper end of the luxury beach resort market. “Our company felt that Centara was ideally placed to manage and market our two properties,” says Orapin

Group Managing Director Somchai Sangchaysuppakorn “Centara of course has a long track record in Thailand’s hospitality industry, but we also appreciate the company’s go-ahead attitude. “Centara has been growing quickly in recent years and has the kind of long-range vision that we ourselves completely believe in. We look forward to a very fruitful working relationship.” The Development Department of Centara Hotels & Resorts is now working closely with the Orapin Group to steer the two properties towards their optimum potential. Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas Samui is located

Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas Samui, A Centara Resort, newly opened at the northern end of Samui's Chaweng Beach, is offering special introductory room rates available for reservation from now to 31 May 2009 for a stay between now to July 15, from 16 July to 31 August, and from September 1 to December 24. The rates are on a room only basis for two persons per night, and are inclusive of service charge and prevailing government tax. They do not apply to group reservations and reservations for meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions. During the stay period from now until July 15, and from September 1 to December 24, guests booking a Deluxe room will pay THB 2,950, with a Deluxe Ocean View room available at THB 3,350. A Deluxe Villa is priced at THB 3,490, while a Deluxe Ocean View Villa is available at THB 3,890, a Deluxe Pool Villa is priced at THB 5,950, and a Deluxe Pool Villa under Centara's Club concept is THB 7,450. During the stay period 16 July to 31 August, the rates are THB 3,950 for a Deluxe room, THB 4,350 for a

Deluxe Ocean View room, THB 4,490 for a Deluxe Villa, THB 4,890 for a Deluxe Ocean View Villa, THB 6,950 for a Deluxe Pool Villa, and THB 8,450 for a Deluxe Pool Villa Club. Guests booking two or more nights will enjoy the same rates together with complimentary daily breakfast and upgrades where available. 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 the hillside and directly on the beach with spectacular views over the ocean and town of Chaweng just 10 minutes' away, the resort is designed in Southern Thai style and has 124 deluxe rooms and villas. Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas Samui is being marketed as one of Thailand’s first adult exclusive resorts allowing guests the luxury of relaxing away from the distractions of children. For more information and reservations, please contact tel 02 101 1234 or email to or visit our website at http:// www.centarahotelsresorts. com/Bhundhari

at the northern end of Chaweng Beach on Samui, while Centara Pariya Resort Koh Pa-Ngan is located at Yuan Beach on Koh Pa-Ngan. The two properties are within easy travelling distance of each other by boat, and come under the control of one General Manager, newly appointed Mr Voytek Klasicki.

There are currently 23 resorts and hotels within Centara Hotels & Resorts, comprising a mix of owned and managed properties. For more information or reservations, please contact Tel: 66-2 101 1234 or e-mail to or visit our website at http://www.

BUSINESS NEWS CBRE hot deals New operator for Exotiq draws market interest Real Estate in Hua Hin

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In a challenging market, it is important to recognise where investment opportunities lie. One of the main prerequisites of today’s investors is the property must be the best value offered on the market. To assist investors’ search for the best bargains, CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has introduced a new “Hot Deals” campaign on our awardwinning website The campaign has already built a track record of sales with hot properties selling within the first two weeks of listings. CBRE Hot Deals selection presents the best opportunities available for a particular project or location and the hottest spots in Thailand’s property market. The selection spans all types of residential properties for sale, including re-sale condominiums in Bangkok, new projects, and resort properties in Phuket, Samui and Hua Hin, residential and office leasing, and investment properties. Since the launch in midMarch, the CBRE Hot Deals campaign has received a huge response from potential buyers. “The strong level of enquiries indicates that the Thai property market continues to attract a mix of local and foreign investors. Weekly web-enquiries have increased by up to 40% in response to the campaign, along with the readership and time spent on our website,” states Mr. David Simister, Chairman of CBRE Thailand. CBRE believes there is now a flight to tangible assets and away from holding

cash. This has created an active market of investors looking for good returns, at the right prices. The most active sector of the market is re-sale condominiums in Bangkok, particularly for newly completed properties such as The Met and Athenee Residence. Prices for re-sale units for gradeA condominiums in prime CBD locations offer attractive investment opportunities and are ideal for buyers who do not like purchasing off-plan, but are able to secure the same prices as two years ago. Because the Thai market is underpinned by real end user demand, there is a realistic buying support for Thai properties. The launch of CBRE Hot Deals assists the end-user market actively searching for their ideal properties. Sellers benefit from a mechanism which creates transparency and a rapid sale. The property search process can be a challenging task in a market that lacks transparency. Due to the nature of the market with many small agents and properties randomly listed, very few players in the industry have a real market overview. With a strong research focus, CBRE is able to track data and transactions and accurately reflect this in the Bangkok and Phuket quarterly property report. With the web, CBRE aims to use this to deliver a more transparent market place similar to the Hong Kong and Singapore markets. The CBRE website with a volume of good quality stock is providing a

Exotiq Real Estate, (www., South East Asia’s largest resort focused brokerage, with 11 offices in 9 destinations, has announced the signing of a five year agreement with Hua Hin Property Central Co Ltd (HHPC). Under the agreement HHPC will open multiple offices in Prachuabkirikan Province starting with an HQ office in the Royal Resort City of Hua Hin, Thailand. Previously, in 2008, Exotiq Real Estate had signed a joint venture with Siam Property for the coverage of the Hua Hin market. However, this arrangement was cancelled after the ownership of Siam Property changed hands at the beginning of this year. Russ Downing, Managing Director of HHPC was formerly associated with Siam Property, heading up their International Sales and Marketing efforts. “In this economy there is so much opportunity to be had” said Downing, “Thailand and Hua Hin in particular are poised to be the benefactors with so many investors no longer interested in the meager returns paid by their financial institutions. Savvy investors are coming to Hua Hin to purchase property that will not only appreciate in value but also provide a rental return far greater than the interest paid by their banks”. Downing went on to say “In every crisis people need time to assimilate, get comfortable and move on. When the oil crisis hit us last year and oil was spiking to an all time high, so called experts were predicting oil to hit 300, 400 even 500 dollars a barrel. People were spooked; no one was interested in buying

anything. Then as history has always shown us people assimilated the situation, realized they were going to pay more for oil but that life would go on and they still had money and they still had dreams. The same has occurred with this financial crisis, people have assimilated the news, are no longer scared by what they are hearing and are ready to invest again, website inquiries are up and sales activity has increased.” “We are delighted to be able to build on the foundations set by Siam Property last year by welcoming Russ and his team back into the Exotiq family” commented Angus Maclachlan, CEO of Exotiq Thailand. “This area of Thailand has enormous potential for holiday and retirement home purchases and fits into our network very nicely. Prices in Hua Hin are lower than in Phuket or Samui and it’s close proximity to Bangkok makes it a very attractive beachfront destination. Hua Hin is the sixth location for Exotiq Real Estate in Thailand. Since 2007, agencies have opened in Koh Samui, Pattaya, Koh Chang, Krabi and Phuket. In Chiang Mai, Exotiq have an associate broker deal with Jasmine Homes. Exotiq also recently opened an interior design and furnishing showroom in Hua Hin under the ‘Exotiq Living’ brand. For more information contact Angus Maclachlan +66 83 116 2852; amaclachlan@, Russ Downing +66 84 387 5699; rdowning@, Gregory Love +66 86 087 6926;

clear and visible market for secondary sales, a market which has previously been opaque and illiquid. Sales at prices buyers and sellers can understand are now going from enquiry to contract significantly quicker. CBRE is already seeing results from the web in generating a high volume of enquiries and an increasing number of web-transactions, but closing sales from the web still requires a traditional agency approach. Given CBRE’s experience in the market, we are well positioned to offer focused advice to genuine sellers on how to price their properties to achieve the quickest sales, at a maximum achievable price. CBRE’s extensive list of qualified purchasers enables us to reach a volume of potential buyers effectively;

therefore “priced to sell” properties move quickly. A clearly segmented database by budget and preferences also allows a targeted marketing effort. Contrary to the prediction that the Thai property market will follow global trends and slump, prices have in fact, held up well and many investors are choosing to hold on to their properties. Global sentiment seems to be improving in terms of the economic outlook and many believe asset prices have bottomed out. If this is the case, investors holding on to cash are at risk of inflation, and trading cash for asset may be the smart move for 2009. Check out CBRE Hot Deals at, or subscribe to our mailing list to receive updated Hot Deals listings.

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AROUND PATTAYA BPH hosted Miss Superstar at -5˚ Tiffany’s Universe visit

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One of the most innovative venue in Pattaya, -5 supperclub & -5 icebar – Amari Nova Suites, provided a unique setting for a press team from 12 Magazine to arrange a photo shoot on behalf of “Citi Bank Press Trip to Pattaya”. For top celebrity Khun Peter Corp Direndal, it was indeed a chilling experience with Khun Apisit Sunprakhon, Creative & Event Manager.

Mike Shopping Mall staff give life by donating blood

BPH Hosted Miss Tiffany's Universe visit: Dr. Pichit Kangwolkij, Director of Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, welcomed Miss Tiffany 2008 Kangsadarn Wongdusadeekul and the 2009 pageant contestants during their visit to the Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.

108 Living visits Woodlands

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Pattaya escape for top TV couple

Popular TV hosts Khun Jamorn and Khun Ning Saraichatra Jirapaet treated their daughter Bella to a seaside break at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa. The family, who are regular visitors to Pattaya, were welcomed by General Manager Khun Somsak Tanruengsri. In photo are Jantima U-dong, Guest Relation Supervisor; Naiyana Homchuen, Front Office Manager; Jamorn Jirapaet; daughter Bella ; Saraichatra (Kunjara) Jirapaet; and Somsak Tanruengsri, General Manager of Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa.

Schwarzkopf on tour

As part of the Mike’s Shopping Mall’s commitment to giving back to the community, Mr. Surat Mekawarakoon, President of the Banglamung District Culture Council, led staff to the 5th floor of the store, to donate blood in honour of their Majesty’s the King and Queen, and to help bolster the blood transfusion blood bank. This is an annual event for staff at the store, 17 consecutive years, and the blood transfusion unit was on hand from 11.00am to 3.00pm for the convenience of the staff. Well done to the store for supporting this life saving campaign.

Popular TV show 108 LIVING presented by K. TaoSarocha Wathiphan recently broadcasted a talk show at La Baguette French Bakery in Woodlands Hotel & Resort Pattaya and was welcomed by its General Manager Stephane Bringer. 108 LIVING is aired every Sunday on Channel 5 TV station.

Tryba & Northern Thai receive a certificate of appreciation

Members of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) recently listened to a presentation by a young and very accomplished surgeon from the Sriracha’s Pyauthai Hospital. In spite of having been on duty for more than 24 hours, the young surgeon gave an excellent speech on the very embarrassing, and often painful affliction of haemorrhoids. He gave a concise outline of the various types of afflictions and the remedies generally available. This very embarrassing and little spoken of affliction is playfully referred to as the ‘pain in the butt’ illness. When asked by one of the members why he had chosen this branch of medicine, he replied “I’m not really sure, maybe it was divine guidance”.

The Charity Club of Pattaya presented certificates of appreciation to two sponsors, Tryba and Northern Thai Realty. Christina handed over the Certificates of Appreciations to first time sponsor Meik Ruppert, M.D. of Tryba Windows (in photo, left), shutters and doors.

British Ambassador has style

Painful prescription

Fresher seafood

Mr. Hikaru Ray Adachi, Director and General Manager of Schwarzkopf Professional Division of Henkel (Japan) as he is welcomed to Dusit Thani Pattaya by Front Office Assistant Manager Imee Manzo (left) and Marketing Communications Manager Vanjie Lauzon (right). Mr. Hikaru was at the hotel for the Schwarzkopf Professional Partner Tour event held from 16-21 May.

Famous ‘Ozomatli’ band rocks orphanage

Winners of three ‘Grammy Awards’, the famous Los Angeles band ‘Ozomatli’ recently played to an enthralled audience at the Pattaya Orphanage. The event was a huge success and enjoyed by all the children and visitors alike. The highlight of the evening was the chance for some of the young orphans to become musicians with the band, or with singing and dancing on stage while the band performed. This is the type of event that these children will remember for the rest of their lives.

Investing in diamonds

The recent visit by British Ambassador, His Excellency Quinton Quayle, to address members of the British Expat Community and members of the British/Thai Chamber of Commerce, was very popular. Due to previous posting the Ambassador speaks fluent Thai, Lao and Rumanian and proved to be a very interesting and humorous speaker. He illustrated his speech with pictures of his many past diplomatic associations, such as with Prime Ministers Abhisit and Thaksin Chinawat, much to the amusement of the audience.

Pattaya City Hall officials recently met with local fishermen with regard to the Beachside Naklua Market near Wat Poh. Although the market has been upgraded over the years, the fishermen have proposed new mooring facilities which would enable them to deliver their catches directly to the Fresh Fish Market Sellers. A feasibility study has shown that the project is viable, and the City Hall has accepted it in principal.

The Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) met at Henry J. Beans, and Peter Marsh from ‘Black Star Jewellery’ gave a very informative talk on buying diamonds and other precious gemstones as a form of investment. It appears that if purchases are made carefully, at close to mine prices, they will financially perform as well as shares and other conventional investments; however, purchasers need professional advice when buying.

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Caddy Shack receives a certificate of appreciation

New Contractors Warehouse at HomeWorks Pattaya

HomeWorks Pattaya have expanded their ‘Home Centre’ with the addition of a special outdoor section for contractors and builders. At the official opening are HomeWorks Sales Division Manager, Khun Natthachai Wiengnont (far left), Store Manager, Khun Surasit Wannarak (2nd left), Handy Boy (centre), Khun Pranee Yamkayai (2nd right) and Da(far left). A wide range of specialist building materials will be available at the new centre including Gypsum Ceiling Boards, PVC Doors and Windows, Concrete Blocks, Bricks, Cement, etc.

BHP donates to FTPV

Malcolm Boden of The Charity Club of Pattaya presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Keith and Koy, owners of the Caddy Shack for raising 196,920 at various events for the club.

President meets manager The Bangkok Hospital Pattaya International Marketing Team headed by Neil Maniquiz assisted Howard Miller, a group leader of the Foreign Tourist Police Volunteers of Pattaya (FTPV) by providing an oxygen tank set to assist with emergency cases of tourists in Pattaya. The FTPV team shows high appreciation to BHP management for their kind authorization putting this project in reality.

Safety in the water The Moooore Bar and Restaurant on Second Road was the venue for the latest Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) coffee morning. PILC President Gillian Thom, had the chance to meet the new General Manager of the complex Mr. Cathel Brett. Cathl is originally from Ireland, however, with his wide experience in the leisure industry, he has a wealth of experience from many countries around the world, to bring to this new challenge.

Free shakes for health

The Minister for Transport, Mr. Kuakoon Danchaiwijit, recently presided over a campaign aimed at highlighting the dangers of travelling in boats, or taking part in water sports without proper protection. The event took place at Bali Hai Pier and was attended by Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittipol Khunpluem along with city councillors.

Dolls in the making

Recently the Pattaya Nutrition Club in Soi ‘Town in Town’ held an introductory health day where members of the public got free health advice, and were able to try the ‘Nutrition Club’s’ tasty food supplement drinks. The German Managing Director, Pascal, became very health conscious around eight years ago, and after many success stories, has ended up helping many local people back to full health.

Hidden within the new Central Festival Shopping Mall on Beach Road, one of our reporters discovered traditional doll makers at a temporary stand within the complex. It was obvious that they are truly masters of their craft with dolls and accessories on sale, all highly sought after. Doll prices range from 5,000 to 20,000 baht.

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14 Pattaya Today

by Peter Lloyd

In the absence of figures from Pattaya authorities on the levels and types of street crime, we can only go on hearsay or what we read in the press or on the internet about what’s happening in Pattaya. This can be a depressing experience as one becomes aware of a serious daily crime rate that should have residents heading for the airports. However, before you pack your bags and sell your property, consider this – that it is the same in many other places around the world, and violent crime is on the rise everywhere.

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Crime Comparisons

In South Africa, a country already plagued with shocking levels of crime, I have a friend who is selling up in Cape Town and moving back to Belfast after his house was burgled twice, the burglars leaving a large machete on the sofa after the second raid, my friend being in no doubt as to what would have happened to him and his wife had they been at home in bed when their unwelcome visitors came calling. Back home in the UK, in Liverpool, I have again been shocked by the gun and bomb attack crimes filling the local paper,

especially the rise in home-made bombs being thrown into suburban houses at night, probably

“Woman, 60, shot at home”, Man on bail for shooting at three Liverpool pubs” (these three front

as part of drug feuds in the city. In just three nights the headlines in the Liverpool Echo were “Family flees firebomb”,

page headlines were all on one night), “Shots Fired”, “Cash guard in petrol terror” “Gangsters aim gun at business-

Thailand Tales

In the press these past 2 weeks, the Thailand headlines nightmare has thankfully subsided. There was only one report in the Daily Telegraph, about the mysterious containers discovered on the seabed off Chonburi, about who or what they may contain and from where they may have originated (1992). If what

is thought to be in them is in them, many well placed Thais believe it would be the very worst time to have them taken up and opened for the military and the government’s sake, so I expect this important issue will take a long time to play out. Already there have been official noises saying “there are no containers”,

[despite the fact that [20? CHECK ON INET] had been seen and spotted and then: “we can’t find them”. When they were eventually made to find them, some officials then said “we have found them but they have coral and barnacles on them so we can’t lift them off the sea bed”, which is nonsense.

Of course the containers may have accidentally slipped overboard from an innocent cargo ship, or been dumped with toxic chemicals in them. Who knows until they are recovered and opened in the presence of unbiased witnesses. The other big Thailand story in the news is the arrest and detention of an

We have now been back in the UK for 3 weeks. Usually we also go to Europe but because of the terrible GBP rate against the Euro, we are not doing that this year, so we are stuck in the UK as I sort out business matters and travel around the country seeing family and friends. The weather has been appalling for the time we have been here. Coming into summer, we have had 3 sunny days out of 27, the rest being overcast, cold, wet and gloomy, and I have been surprised by how this has hit me psychologically. Living in Pattaya, where the sun is mostly always shining, if it rains it is over quickly, and if it’s cloudy it is still warm, we have had to deal with a lot of bad news over the past 12 months, including the

global economic crises, which hit almost all of us somehow, and many of us seriously, we have also watched business in Pattaya

shining and it is warm, and I realise daily how lucky I am to be living in Thailand whenever I get out of bed. What has surprised me

nice outdoors, because it is almost certain to be raining and cold. So we stay in more, which can be monotonous, and this has led me to greater introspection about my business affairs and finances, which brings on the psychological angle. I am responding worse to bad news here than I would in Thailand where I know a good long walk on the sunny warm beach or seafront can really cheer me up whatever the problem. Here, being trapped indoors on another cold, wet day makes even indifferent news or slight problems seem bigger and more troubling. It’s something I had not really appreciated before. Contact me at

Mood-Altering Weather

Sunnier Climes, Happier Times

dry up, tourist numbers fall off and painfully watch as the country tore itself apart. I feel the weather has stopped me feeling the full force of these disasters, as every morning the sun is

about being back in the UK during this terrible weather is how it has physically and psychologically affected me compared to living in Pattaya. Physically because we can’t plan to do anything

man” “Shot in pub gun mayhem”, CAGED; The weapon-crazed wouldbe serial killer who shot dead a city shopkeeper”, “13 years for raping teenagers”, “Pervert lured teens to his home” “Mugger beats man with club in street”. Every night it’s the same diet of bad news, and the random nature of much of it is what sets it apart from Pattaya crime in my view. Whilst we are all targets everywhere, it is easier to avoid (or substantially reduce the risk of) being a victim of crime in Pattaya if you are sensible, but in Liverpool, and most

cities in the UK, there is a very high risk of random and seriously violent street crime occurring everywhere at any time, looking at some kid “the wrong way”, being on a bus or a train when something happens to you or where you feel you must intervene, being in the wrong pub at the wrong time, as a gunman bursts in and fires shots indiscriminately at drinkers, all of these serious risks make life in Liverpool’s cold, mean streets feel far more dangerous than promenading down the sunny sidewalks of Pattaya, regardless of Pattaya’s crime figures.

Aussie woman in Phuket, arrested and (at the time of writing) still in custody before her trial for stealing a bar towel from the Aussie bar in Phuket. [AGAIN, UPDATE THIS STORY ON INET]. Whether it was theft, and whether she drunkenly misbehaved to the police when she was arrested, these things happen all over the world, and whilst it may be clear that the police were looking for a backhander to make it all go away, maybe she failed to realise this. Punishment should be somehow proportionate

to the crime, and what has resulted is absolutely not the publicity Thailand needs right now. The bar owner should have come to a sensible monetary arrangement with the woman before calling in the police. If that failed then a stern talking to or a night in the cells to sober up is all that was needed here, and someone should have a word with the police chief about the further international damage being done to the country, Phuket and this theft-plagued bar with yet more unwelcome international headlines.

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Pattaya Tourist Revival

Dear Editor We live just down the road from an internet games shop where hordes of kids play incredibly bloodthirsty on-line games until all hours of the morning. Surely this is going to warp them for life and accounts for the rampant violence in teenagers. What do you think? David Hassel, Dear David, I’m inclined to agree that such overexposure to unlimited, naked gratuitous violence is bound to have a lasting negative effect upon impressionable minds. Psychologists in the West appear very reluctant to draw a direct correlation between exposure to games of violence and the increase in urban violence among teenagers and youth in general. However, it seems obvious to me that the ‘Extreme Hollywood Effect’ i.e. the constant inclusion of excessive violence, random killing and blood-soaked scenes in movies and to a lesser extent TV has an anesthetising effect and makes it difficult to draw distinctions between fantasy and real life, especially for the young. Certainly, some of the teenagers responsible for mass killings in the US and elsewhere have admitted to being addicts of Grand Theft Auto and other staggeringly ultra-violent video games, or movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or Die Hard 2, where the body count was 264! So yes, I think you’re right in your assertion. Dear Editor I am forced to watch Thai TV because my girlfriend has it on all the time watching the Thai soaps. They all seem to have the same themes: love, hate, envy, jealousy and usually involve someone getting killed. They also all seem to have the same people in them and even the same theme tunes. What are your thoughts about Thai TV. Jordan C. Maxwell, Bang Saray Dear Jordan, I sympathise with your predicament. Until we got cable TV, I was in the same boat. Personally, I blame the producers and script writers for their lack of creativity and imagination. It’s ironic that foreigners are told from the start that Thais hate raised voices and aggression, but as, you say, all the soaps seem to involve both these and those 4 melodramatic elements you mention, including the maltreatment of women. The settings are also atypical, large middle class houses which few Thais live in; there always seem to be mia nois, insane jealously, and intense rivalry and envy, invariably resulting in the death of one or more of the characters. The problem as I see it is that the traditional Thai socializing agents of temple, family and community seem to have given way to adulation of the these so-called superstars, who are now their exemplars, but hardly set much of an example. I’d sack all the producers and introduce more realistic themes, but then that’s me. Dear Editor, I have constant problems with my internet. It’s slow, hangs up all the time and causes me endless frustration. When is Thailand going to enter the 21st century internet –wise? Bill Cassidy, Pattaya Tai Dear Bill, Your salvation is at hand. TRUE is about to introduce an 8 megabit broadband Internet service to Pattaya, af-

ter trying it out successfully in Bangkok. To take advantage of this new service you must either have a True Move mobile-phone number or TrueVisions payTV service account. Unlimited 8-megabit service, so we’re told, will cost around Bt2,000 monthly. TRUE will apparently also be offering a cheaper 3-megabit service for Bt450 a month. The best bet is to check out all the details with the company, but it looks like we’ll soon be finally getting a bona-fide broadband service. Dear Editor, We live in a condo which has constant problems with its manager. I understand there’s a new condo law which gives the owners more rights. Do you know anything about it? Lena Small, an anonymous Jomtien condo owner Dear Lena, Yes, there’s a new condo law in place. Whilst I can’t go into depth, its main advantages are to the tenant/owner and clearly specifies the duties of the manager and obligations of the tenants/owners. A few examples are: the statutory Annual General Meeting, and Extraordinary Meeting requirements will be enforced; the juristic person must maintain all common property and facilities (as originally advertised and as submitted to the Land Office) in good condition for the benefit of all occupants; he must also prominently post the condominium’s monthly income and expenses within 15 days from the end of the month; the appointment and dismissal of a manager or a juristic person now only requires the votes of 25% of the owners. A lawyer or real estate agent can give you the full details. Dear Editor, There’s an urban rumour abroad that the current problems with the Internet, especially Wi-Fi, are due to too restricted bandwidth and some of it being taken to provide for the upcoming 3G service. How true is this, do you know? Leonard Knowles, Mabprachan. Dear Leonard, As we understand it, the national telecom regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), after granting 3G licences in August, 2008, recently told TOT and CAT Telecom to insist their private telecom concessionaries speed up the development of their 3G wireless broadband services on their existing spectra. The NTC watchdog apparently has the right to seize back parts of the spectrum bands utilised by private telecom operators to provide the 3G service, if they are too laggardly. Of the respective concessionaries, DTAC, will begin the trial launch of 3G service on its 850 MHz spectrum on 30 to 40 3G base stations within the year; True Move has already begun its 3G service on a trial basis on the 800 MHz spectrum on its 70 3G base stations; and AIS launched its 3G service commercially in Chiang Mai in May, using its 900 MHz spectrum on its 100 3G base stations, in Chiang Mai, Chonburi and Bangkok. The three private mobile phone operators are also trying to acquire the 2.1 GHz spectrum licences from the NTC to develop the 3G service. Hope that answers your questions, Leonard.

Thai tourism, already reeling from the economic downturn and the damage done to it from the combined action of the Yellow and Red Shirts, estimated at Bt200 billion by Kongkrit Hiranyakit, Chairman of the Tourism Council of Thailand, plus the Bt14.4 million damage to the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, has now been further hit by the impact of the H1N1 Flu virus. In Pattaya, average occupancy of the 60,000 hotel rooms, here, has fallen to 3035%, compared with 50-60% in 2008. Happily, however, the combined efforts of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Tourism Council of Thailand, the Culture Ministry, Pattaya’s Mayor, Mr. Itthiphol Khunpleum, and the June start of the Emirates Airlines’ new A380 Super-Jumbo DubaiSuvarnabhumi service will do much to reverse this downward trend. Thailand has traditionally been a favourite holiday venue for Indians, attracting almost 500,000 last year, so it made perfect sense for the TAT foreign road-shows to kick off there, one at The Park Hotel, New Delhi, and the other in Mumbai. Pattaya is already the most famous Thai destination for Indians, featuring in all their travel itineraries, and 20 leading Pattaya tourism businesses attended to give support to the TAT-sponsored ‘Pattaya Road Show’ to further reinforce the city-resort’s image and to appraise the 50 Indian travel agents of all the new Pattaya attractions, including the Pattaya Floating Market and Central Festival Pattaya Beach Shopping Complex, soon to be followed by another in Chonburi. The Alangkarn Theatre, too, is yet another new attraction, which will be a beneficiary of the new initiative from the Culture Ministry to subsidize national art and cultural venues. The ‘Pattaya Road Show’ will be followed by a TAT road-show to Macao. The Middle East, too, has always favoured Thailand, particularly Pattaya, hence Emirates Airlines’ daily A380 Airbus Dubai-Suvarnabhumi service from June 1, with a 489-seat capacity, featuring onboard shower spas, lounges, flat beds, massage-equipped private suites in first class and a new generation of intelligent seating and flat beds in business class, will be especially welcome. Well-heeled Middle Eastern tourists are particularly attracted by medi-tourism and TAT expects a 6.5% increase to 500,000 Middle Eastern tourists this year. Encouraging domestic tourism is the other prong of the TAT campaign, which it started at Pattaya Beach, from May 1-3, with the Five Regions of Thailand Travel Festival Road-show, showcasing attractions from each region of the Kingdom, including cultural performances, attractive hotel accommodation and spa treatments. From Pattaya the road-show moved on to other Thai venues. Mayor Itthiphol’s proactive spearheading of his Pattaya Tourism Revival Campaign started with his formation of the Tourism Committee, tasked with the restoration of foreign and national tourist confidence in the resortcity. To fund this campaign, he has asked for contributions amounting to Bt100 million from the TAT, the local administration and private operators to stimulate the city-resort’s tourism business. The Pattaya Tourism Revival Campaign will also benefit from the proposed improvements to U-Tapao Airport, including building new parking facilities and a passenger terminal to double the airport’s capacity at a cost of Bt995 million, which the Royal Thai Navy has approached the government for. The mayor has enlisted the wholehearted co-operation of virtually every interested party in the city, who have pulled together in unprecedented solidarity. Those joining the campaign include the Thai Hotels Association Eastern Chapter (THA-E), all Pattaya’s other hospitality industry representatives, Pattaya Business and Tourism Association (PBTA), and numerous other local businesses. The hospitality industry will be offering 20,000 free hotel rooms for 6 months until October and restaurants and shopping malls discounts of up to 50%, with further discounts for entertainment and services being offered by other local businesses from May to July. There will be an additional stimulus from airlines, such as the Thai Airways International and budget airlines’ special discount packages offering 2-3 nights’ accommodation and air tickets. The Tourism Committee also wants the government to use Pattaya as the host for MICE venues. Proposals from August to January are to attract international tourists via a Korean festival, ASEAN Week, Loy Krathong Festival, and music and sports events. Chatchawal Supachayanont, President of the Eastern Chapter of the Thai Hotels Association, expressed his earnest concern, saying “With this campaign, we hope tourists and meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition (Mice) activities will be lured back to Pattaya again and tourism sentiment will improve as well.” Mr Chatchawal also said that all operators would join the promotion.”This is the first time we have had co-operation from all parties, aiming to restore Pattaya’s tourism image,” he said The campaign will also benefit from the DASTA Initiative to transform Pattaya into a ‘green’ city as well as PM Abhisit’s upcoming visits overseas to foster support for the tourism industry.

16 Pattaya Today

LEGAL corner today

Pattaya Vice is preserved only for Thai nationals. However, nobody can count the exact number of foreigners

not only real estate but also legal services. How many of them can do this profession in

making estate In the estate

the end meet from real business in Pattaya. mirror of many real offices, you may find

their home countries? The problem in Pattaya is the misleading information which always comes from Jack

who enjoys a spotlight and microphone. How can the ivory come out of the dog’s mouth? Can the truth come out of the mouth of the person without professional background? There are many foreigners professing themselves to be a professional even they do not have any college degree. The most popular profession for these unlicensed persons is a legal service. To be a lawyer in Pattaya, you cannot make fortune from your professional fees. Why do they want to open a law firm? In every country, all licensed lawyers cannot solicit clients by having advertising in the newspaper by the concept that a legal service is not a business but learned profession which must be controlled by the local professional institution. A good lawyer should be judged by the mouth-to-mouth record from people who are not involved with the business connection. Many foreign brokers Jack the whole trade by putting all services existing in this planet to get commission fees, e.g., from cleaning to accounting and legal services. If you ask your broker to recommend a good lawyer for you, please ensure that the lawyer recommended accordingly will be good to

bar at Sheraton Pattaya Resort, is playing host to a special season of martinis and cocktails made with different varieties of pure and flavoured Absolut vodka, one of the world’s most sophisticated drinks, throughout June 2009. The price is at only THB 300/glass. Come and taste it only at Latitude Lounge – Sheraton Pattaya Resort! For more information or reservation please call 03825 9888 or Email: 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. Greg’s Kitchen With over 30 years experience, chef Greg Sulis has the very best of British and international cuisine at Greg’s Kitchen on Second Road (just before Bangkok Bank, opposite Soi 6 or Yodsak). Generous portions and top quality menu. Said to be a favourite stopping place for British embassy staff! Try Greg’s Kitchen Light Set Menus (served all day). Great value only 299 B. Located at 2nd Road Opposite Soi 6. Call 081.254.3624 www. “Away to Norway” S.E.A. restaurant at the award

winning dusitD2 baraquda pattaya is presenting “Away to Norway”, a celebration of Norwegian food that will be featured from 5 to 14 June. Norwegian Sunday Brunch served on both 7 and 14 June and priced at only THB 1400++. This will be an all-u-can eat buffet with free-flow sparkling wine! A la carte is also available for lunch and dinner. Also, there is an opportunity to win a free return ticket Bangkok-Oslo-Bangkok by Thai Airways International. Call 03876 9999 for more info. 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,, Eat To the Beat Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya is offering you the best International Buffet Dinner and BBQ on Pattaya Beach. Eat To The Beat - a variety of famous dishes from all over the world. Our Chef’s special recipe of BBQ sauce Hard Rock Style to rock your world. A whole spit-roasted pig on every Saturdays following with a free-flow of whisky, wines and soft drinks. The only place where you can find a perfect dining experience that have a unique combination of Thai Hospitality and American Party. From 6.30 – 9.30 pm. Sunday to Friday @THB 700++, Saturdays @ THB 850++ . Visit or call 038.428.755-9 for more information and reservations. A new show bar in Jomtien Jomtien’s newest and luxurious show bar 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 show bar/15 rooms/ Spa and swimming pool. For more info, please call 087.127.4027. PILC and RLC garage sale Pattaya International Ladies Club and Rayong Ladies Circle will be holding the annual Garage Sale on Saturday 6th June 2009 at Phu Luang starting at 8.00 am and closing at 2.00 pm. Phu Luang is located 3.5km north of the Green Valley Estate, Route 3376 Ban Chang, Makham Koo Road, Rayong. For further information, please contact Tiew Suphamongkol on 081 644 4432 or Ingrid Cunliffe on 087 063 1807. Also, the next PILC lunch will be held on Tuesday 2nd June from 10.30 am at Horseshoe Point. Members, guests and ladies of all nationalities are welcome. Please contact Alvi Sinthuvanik on alvi_sinthuvanik@ Onward with Optimists The Optimist International Club of Thailand is now meeting at Shenanigans, 2nd Road, at The Avenue lifestyle mall. Meeting times noon on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Further information from Drew Noyes on 084 111 7999 or drewnoyes@ 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 Po!! ‘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

Jack the Ripper who jacks the whole trade 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: The wording substance of the law is regarded as a separate issue with the enforcement or applicability of the law. Our prime minister always thinks more than twice to enforce the law to solve the political crisis in Pattaya while the police only played the rugby with the red clad mobsters. However, the police took only one day to arrest all robbers of the gold shop in Jomtien. Only a child brain government will blindly enforce the law without considering the

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 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 mouth watering 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

snowball effect. This is why the target of the Foreign Business Act is different from the Land Code with regard to the nominee shareholder issue. We can give you the examples that nobody can drive a motorbike without shirt or topless in a public road because it is a misconduct behavior which is punishable under the Penal Code of Thailand. How about Pattaya? How many foreigners will be arrested if the government enforces this law in Pattaya? It is comparable to the law restricting smoke in a restaurant in the whole areas of the country but not enforceable in Pattaya. What will happen to the economy in Pattaya if the government cracks down all foreigners using nominee companies to buy land? The Land Department has a policy that if you set up a company to buy a piece of land not more than one rai (1,400 square meters) for residential purpose, you may still enjoy the tolerance of the law. Under the Foreign Occupation Act, the profession of real estate agency and brokerage

038.410.763, 038.420.203 Live Jazz at Manhattans Manhattans Restaurant & Bar is the hottest new venue in Pattaya for lovers of great live jazz. Saturday nights in the cocktail bar, customers can enjoy the spontaneous fusion of a jam session featuring a variety of talented local musicians. The entertainment starts at 7.30pm until 11pm. If you are interested to join in call Dave on 087 1376 138. The next jazz concert is Saturday 6th June. Manhattans is proud to present Dan Phillips(guitar & vocals) & The Manhattans Band Enjoy 3 hours of sensational jazz & blues classics. To make a reservation call 038 259 790 or visit M.J.B. at H.J.B M.J.B. the Cartoonist for Pattaya Mail and Pattaya Today Newspaper will visit the Pattaya City Expats Club at the Henry J. Beans North Pattaya, on Sunday the 7th of June at 9:00 a.m. Come along and meet the man behind the drawings (who sees the funny side of Pattaya.) You can also see a SLIDE SHOW presentation of Mikes ‘PAST LIFE’ as a Scrapper Board Artist, Pictorial Artist, Muralist, Air Brush Artist, and Copyist and then enjoy a few funny moments watching many of Mike’s Cartoons in full colour. Absolut Vodka at Sheraton Latitude Lounge, the contemporary-chic beachside chill-out

Vol. 8 No. 18  1 - 15 June 2009 you without any conflict of interest. As Jesus said “No man can serve two masters”, the person involved with the “Conspiracy of Silence” will not tell you the whole truth. The ignorance of the information you should have known will lead you to the limbo. The simple question you should ask the person dealing with you as a lawyer if he or she is “Tanai Kwam”. If that person is not “Tanai Kwam”, the answer will not be straightforward which probably be “I’m not “Tanai Kwam” but I know everything about “Thai laws”. Some fake lawyers may mislead or steer some gullible foreign property buyers to transfer money into their bank accounts. These fake law firms can be closed just over night to have the new office in Cambodia. It is not easy to follow them. If you see Jack the Ripper who wear a silk jacket with fake decoration, please stay away from them. It is rare to find a real lawyer from the UK or USA will come to work in Pattaya. In the land of tolerance, you must be wise like a serpent but harmless like a dove as we always say “Caveat Emptor”. The only protection you may have from Jack the Ripper is only your wisdom. 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 For more information, please call reservation centre 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 pattaya@prolanguage. 2 days before you wish to start.

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Fool in Paradise

Family Phobia

While reading this article you may be misled into believing I am paranoid, but that is not the impression I want to give. (You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to me!) I’ve drawn my conclusions from a series of observations over the past decade that finally came together like tiny pieces to a jigsaw. It all began shortly after my first trip to Thailand so many years ago. My first steady (not the correct adjective but it will have to do) Thai girlfriend, Lek One, and I had been cohabitating for a couple of months. I had done the ‘come to village and meet my family’ trip (twice) and her mother had come down to Pattaya for a visit (once) and stayed with us for a few days. Everything was cosy. That was up until the time I received an e-mail from a good mate in Australia who said he was coming over to Pattaya for a week and asked me to find him somewhere to stay. It so happened that the apartment next door to mine was

by Frank Thring

From The Windmill Resort Hotel on Naklua Road, I continued my northerly walk, crossing to the left or ocean side of the street. Thai Sausage Meat Supply might be of interest to European expats as they sell their products both wholesale and retail. Following that, I found three nice looking beer bars – Beer House, Tiger Beer Bar and Garage Beer Bar. I say ‘nice looking’ because they are larger than the normal shophouse and offer both indoor and outdoor seating. A couple of pretty Hostess faces did catch my eye as well. A short distance later were Drum and Monkey Pub then Ryan’s Bar and Irish Pub (complete with

vacant so I approached the landlord and booked it for seven nights. When I told Lek what was happening, to my shock she was not very pleased about it. Her mood turned sombre, to say the least. “Why he come here?” “How long he stay?” “Why he not stay hotel?” I explained he was a good friend, I was helping him out and I was going to show him around. Lek went silent. When he arrived, Lek was pleasant enough when I introduced them but, as I recall, that was the last time she ever spoke to him. She refused to come out to dinner with us and, in fact, declined to join us on any occasion for the duration of his holiday, making lame excuses or saying she was ‘shy’. I was confused and annoyed but, as the Thais say; “Up to her.” The next time this happened I was with Lek Three (Lek Two didn’t last long enough). My eldest daughter phoned to say she was planning a holiday to come over and see me as we hadn’t seen each other for over two years. I was

leprechaun motif), almost opposite the bright orange and black Bon Cafe Coffee Academy where, I’m told, local members of Insomniacs Anonymous meet each night at 2:00am. Next is EOR’s Beer Bar and Hans Munchen Steak House advertising German Beer to go with your juicy steak. The next soi on the left past the Family Mart is Soi 18, better known as Soi Wangamat. Bar hoppers in the area should check this out as it contains some interesting places, all overtly German and all within walking distance of the main road. Leo Blues Bar has a live band every night from 9:00pm while Kakadu Beer Bar is actually a German bar in spite of using a famous Aboriginal name. If it’s not a German bar

really happy and excitedly told Lek about the plan. Being honest, I told her we would have to cut back on our spending because I wanted to save up so I could pay for everything while my daughter was here. As they say in the classics: “… and then the fight started.” She asked why she was coming to Pattaya. “To see me!” I replied. She then wanted to know where my daughter would stay. Since our place had only one bedroom, I said I would book her into a nearby hotel. I added, in my best pidgin Thai, that I would require her assistance in showing my daughter around and need her local knowledge and bargaining expertise when my daughter wanted to go shopping. I thought the ‘shopping’ word would enthuse her but it only made her more belligerent. “No,” she said shaking her head. “I not speak English.” “You speak English very well, my turtledove,” I countered, thinking that flattery would help. It

didn’t, and she went back to what appeared to be her primary concern. “Your daughter have job? Why you pay? Why she not have money?” The argument was now getting cross-cultural and heading into areas I did not wish to visit. Later I met a mate at a bar and told him what had transpired. He had been living in Thailand a lot longer than me so I asked him why a family member’s visit was causing my girlfriend so much angst. He said he wasn’t really sure but the same thing had happened to him. Before they were married, his Thai wife had also gone off the rails when his brother came over for a visit. He suggested several possible causes. Firstly, it could be genuine shyness, but that didn’t add up because the women weren’t shy around our local friends. Secondly, it could be concern over the age difference. His wife and my girlfriend were much younger than us and Thai women know that, in the West, relationships between old codgers and

then the spelling on their menu board is atrocious! Further along you will find Peter’s Pinte German Bar & Restaurant, Zum Schnitzel Wirt (restaurant), a Bakery & Delicatessen, Flyinn Bar & Bistro, Heidelberg Restaurant and Sing A Song Beer House. Back on Naklua Road I crossed to the right as things of interest became scarce. Buttsy’s English Restaurant is opposite Soi Wangamat and a littler further along is the large Anton Bar and Restaurant bedecked in orange and black stripes. I have dined here in the past and can really recommend the food. The large Aiyara Palace Hotel situated just before Soi 25 looks very palatial, living right up to its name. I walked a little further but

the only thing that caught my eye was the S.S. Sausage company on the ocean side of the street opposite Soi 23. This place sells turkey, lamb and other small goods which you may not find elsewhere. I would suggest that sausage connoisseurs (there are quite a few in Pattaya) would be impressed with the range of products on offer. At this point I was all sausaged out. From memory there are not many sites of interest until reaching the refurbished Naklua Market in the centre of Naklua township, and there was no way I’d be walking there! I called it quits and flagged down my 10 baht blue limousine to take me back into the big smoke, concluding that this part of Fun Town has its attractions but I’m quite content to leave them to the Thais and Central Europeans. Next issue I’ll be back to investigate somewhere so secret even I don’t know about it. See you then, Up Your Soi.

young beautiful women invoke sniggers and scorn. Intolerant Western society automatically labels the guy a ‘dirty old man’ and the woman just a ‘bit of crumpet’. Thirdly, it could be jealousy. They know the visitor will be consuming a lot of your time and attention, and they fear being shuffled into the background, even if temporarily. Finally, it could be a matter of money. In their eyes, spending your money to entertain someone else may mean less loot for them. But all this was conjecture and neither of us drew any conclusions. As it turned out, my daughter couldn’t get the time off work so her trip did not take place. But the story doesn’t end there because another piece of the puzzle fell into my lap a year later. I was then living with Lek Four and my daughter once again e-mailed me that she was coming for a visit, accompanied by her boyfriend. This time when I informed my lady, I was prepared.

Pattaya Today 17 I swear it was deja vu. Different girl; same questions; same answers. However, I did detect she was most concerned about the money factor and that being said, the pieces of the jigsaw fell loosely into place. Expats reading this will know that Thai daughters have a moral responsibility to take care of their families financially. It is ingrained into them from the moment they can talk. Mama’s house needs a new roof? Daughter provides the funds. Brother needs a new motorbike or wedding dowry? Daughter provides the funds. Most of us realize we cannot change that, so accept it to varying degrees depending on financial resources and willingness. What is difficult to accept is that the same does not apply for us. Should a close friend or member of our family need financial assistance they are expected to sort it out themselves. If her parents, family or friends want to visit, they are more than welcome to stay in our home for as long as they like. If our family or friends want to visit … well … they are not allowed to visit and that’s that. I would be interested to hear if any other farang have had similar experiences. If it is widespread then I’d like to know what the driving force is behind it. Then again, maybe it is just my paranoia or a procession of poor choices.

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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, Just recently we were visiting my mother-inlaw’s village and I saw many Thais, men and women, being beaten up, women battering other women, several killings and a few rapes. No, not in the village, I saw it all on Thai soaps! I was taken ill, and had to spend several days in bed, so my mother-in-law and elderly aunt combined with my wife to ensure I was never alone, in case of a setback. That was kind, but unfortunately they watched TV, morning, afternoon and evening. No matter what time of day, Thai soaps contain violence; even the comedies have scenes where brutal

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fights take place. Don’t the authorities care what seeing this so regularly does to people’s minds, especially impressionable children, who come to believe that violence is normal and acceptable? Square-Eyed

It isn’t fair to criticise the authorities. It is true that every day the soaps feature people being murdered, women raped and battered, men brutally beaten by gangs, but you don’t see people drinking and smoking, because that’s bad for your health, so booze and fags are pixelated out! And in their infinite wisdom, they also pixelate a knife or gun when it’s held against a victim, so that’s all right then— now all Thais believe that people drop dead from having a fuzzy object pressed against their body. Kissing on the mouth or a flash of nipple would cause total meltdown of Thai

morals, but extreme violence escapes censure, probably because it pulls in viewers; advertising revenue is obviously more important than teaching people not to batter or kill each other.

Dear Kris & Noi, My wife’s family has been leaning on us (Thai word for “me”) for money ever since our relationship began. At first my wife would explain her family needed a little for this or that and ask if I could lend (Thai word for “donate”) some to them. Now that we’re married the family is more blatant about asking for funds. A year ago I agreed to send them 5,000 baht a month and they would stop requesting periodic handouts. While I have kept to the deal, needless to say they haven’t. Six months ago they nagged my wife for 50,000 baht to repay a creditor (Thai word for


Our fascinating world at Montessori by Annemaree Grant Preschool B1 Teacher

All children have an inherent curiosity about our world. Dr. Montessori often spoke of the great interest that the children showed about the globe. The question of the roundness of the earth is fascinating, the land, water, and air that surround it help the children to understand the concept of the globe. The children of the Montessori school have been working around the ‘Water Theme’, different classes have different approaches to this never-ending exploration of water. In Preschool B1, all children display an enthusiastic interest in the world and its inhabitants. We enrich this interest with knowledge and the help of Montessori’s culture and science materials. We learnt about all the

inhabitants of the water and the help of water in our botany study. Photographs are essential in visualizing topics and details of different animals and

plants. Our fieldtrip next week to ‘Underwater World’ will give us a closer visualization of the fascinating creatures of our world.

loan shark). She in turn nagged me. I finally relented but insisted that was the very last time. Well, here we go again. The roof caved in—literally—and they asked for 20,000 baht to replace it. I questioned their honesty, but my wife confirmed on a Songkran visit that the roof did, indeed, fall in. I have resisted for a month, but now my guilt and my wife’s begging are getting to me. Any advice? Mario When a daughter marries a man of far greater financial status, there are some families, and not just in Thailand, who treat him as their personal ATM. You have been a generous man, but it would seem that they are playing on your generosity, and your wife is allowing it by being the acquiescent daughter instead of the supportive wife. As long as you continue to indulge their constant

Vol. 8 No. 18  1 - 15 June 2009 demands, they will forever rely on you to finance their every need or desire, so now is the time to draw the line. Let them have the 20,000 baht, but as a loan only, with a written stipulation that they will repay the loan at an agreed monthly rate and period of time, and have this witnessed by the local Head Man. You should discuss your offer and its conditions with your wife and ensure that she supports your stance. Make her understand that her family’s constant demands are just out of laziness and greed, and will never cease unless you yourselves put a stop to it. There’s a fair chance that they will not maintain payments, but at least that will be the last time you have to throw money at them. Dear Kris & Noi, We have a small condo in Pattaya and have just built a house in my wife’s village. It was intended as a home for my wife when I eventually die, but she is suggesting that we should sell the condo now and move permanently to the

village. Although the house is lovely, with satellite TV and many home comforts, and I get on very well with her nearby family, I am nervous about medical cover. I am in good health but I’m also no spring chicken. There’s a small clinic in the village but the nearest town with private hospitals is almost an hour’s drive away. Do you think I’m being too cautious? Alfred You are right to be cautious. Too many expats move to remote parts without ever considering the fact that we all get sick at times, especially expats of mature age and living in a climate that is alien to their body structure. Before making a decision, visit the private hospitals, check what they can offer in the way of facilities and ensure that they have doctors with good English conversation. Maybe you could go to them every few months for a check, and for general illnesses you will find that small towns close to the village will have perfectly adequate doctors.

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How Touching!

by Bee McConville So what is the largest organ of the human body? No, this isn’t a naughty question and before you start giggling and thinking of rude body parts let me tell you that the answer is skin. Yes, skin is our largest organ, although many people don’t automatically think of it as such. And our skin is one of the most sensitive organs in the human body as well, which most of us will already have learned from an early age when tickling, grazing, thumping and Chinese burns were commonplace in the school playground. Skin also provides us with one of our five senses: touch, but many people underestimate the importance of this particular sense to our general well-being. When looking at the general population, women are, by far, more touchyfeely than men. While men are quick to shake hands when meeting, and may indulge in a bit of back-

slapping, they generally don’t hug as much as women (unless they hail from the Soprano family!) Women are much happier public ‘huggers’ and can be quite uninhibited about touching when in the company of close female friends. The effect of touching another human being can vary hugely from one situation to another. If the

‘touch-receiver.’ This might go some way to explaining why women are often less stressed than men as they will automatically get hugged by friends when they are feeling down, are ill, or have received bad news. Touch can be a critical factor in health and growth: physically, emotionally and psychologically. It is no surprise that mothers who

touch is unwanted, or aggressive, or being done by someone that we don’t like, then the ‘touch’ can have very negative outcomes. However, where the touch is regarded as positive and well-meaning, then the emotions generated can be both positive and highly beneficial for both the ‘touch-giver’ and the

regularly hold their babies skin-on-skin while feeding, bathing and playing, raise children who are more content and less fractious than those babies who have less direct skin contact with their mothers. Research has shown that babies who were hugged frequently cried 82% less than those who were left,

by major name supermarkets. Now I’ll have you know that I always carry a spare plastic bag in my handbag in the event that

market staff on my small but personal and caring attempts to save the world. But there is one supermarket in particular that has an excess of misplaced ‘caring for the customer’ instead of ‘caring for the world’. You see, when I reach the till I always pull out the spare plastic bag and hand it to the bag packer, who smiles at the checkout girl, who smiles at me. I then proceed to pay the amount I owe but while my attention is on the till and my back is turned, sneaky Mr Bag Packer has decided that my purchased goods are really too heavy to carry in one bag, so he deftly puts my used bag into a new bag so that everything will be safe. And he has done this on several occasions. But how dare he!! The whole point of offering my used bag

untouched, in their cots. But the benefits of a human touch don’t stop in infanthood. The basic contact between a loving mother and her growing child is carrying (while the child is still small), hand-holding, then armlinking. And what is the first, tentative step that new boy and girl friends use to express their attraction to each other? Yes, it’s hand-holding and sitting as close to each other as humanly possible. When looking at two people who have just embarked upon a close relationship we often observe that ‘they can’t keep their hands off each other.’ This is not always a demonstration of a sexual desire, but more a way of communicating feelings through touch and overtly tactile behaviour. However, the western world has often made a taboo of touching others and one clear example of this is teachers in western schools who are afraid to touch pupils for fear of being labeled a child abuser. Men are also reluctant to touch each other for fear of being called gay and are afraid to touch women in case they are regarded as sexual predators. This

Double Trouble

Now I think you all know my stance on plastic bags as I have already had a bit of a moan about Big C and their profligacy with these items, although now, apparently, it doesn’t matter if they hand out plastic bags like condoms in a brothel, because now they are, apparently, made of a special plastic that’s biodegradable so instead of taking about five hundred years to degrade they will now only take a decade or two of blighting the landscape, clogging up the drains, suffocating dolphins and decorating landfills. Anyway, that is not specifically the focus of my whinging. What really gets me is the continuing lack of support I get when attempting to reduce the number of plastic bags that are still used

I end up in a supermarket and want to purchase a few items. This is a regular occurrence and I am often congratulated by the super-

to the bag packer is that I do not want yet another plastic bag filling my kitchen drawers. I deliberately use a plastic bag that I already possess in order not to get a new one! So what does daft Mr Bag Packer think he’s doing when he wraps my plastic bag in another plastic bag? Does he realise that he is not being helpful at all, but is just furthering the problems of global warming and it’s his bloody fault that the Arctic ice sheet is melting and glaciers are drying up and disappearing off the face of this plant. Well it’s a bloody good job that I can’t speak enough Thai to tell him all this or else every time he repeats his distinctly unhelpful action he’d get a right mouthful from me, flaming moron! I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie

is unfortunate as touch is essential to good emotional and physical health. Medical and social researchers claim that many forms of touch can help reduce pain, anxiety, depression and aggressive behaviour. It can also promote immune function and healing, lower blood pressure and improve air flow in asthmatics. On the other hand, it has also been demonstrated that the lack of touch can be detrimental and can lead to aggressive and anti-social behaviour in children and adults (and animals!) It is often easier for women to find themselves in regular situations where human touch is automatic. Having a manicure and pedicure, indulging your-

self with a relaxing massage, getting a hair wash at the salon, or having a long session at the spa are all situations that employ extended human touch. In addition to this, when female friends meet there is often a hug, or a touch, or a kiss on the cheek involved, so generally women are well served with their daily ration of touch. However, the same cannot be said for men, particularly those who are more sensitive to physical human contact. So if your partner is pining through stress, worry or general lack of attention, do him a favour and give him a bit of skin-on-skin but remember, a back rub will probably work a little better than a handshake!


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Hard Rock Pattaya giving back to the community

It was with great pleasure recently that the General Manager of the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, Mr. George Hazard, presented a donation to the Baan Hin Wong School, situated on Sukhum-

At the ceremony, Mr. Sunate Narintornruk, Vice President of the Education Committee, was delighted to present a certificate to Mr. George, Mrs. Tracy Cosgrove and Mr. Sompon

vit Road of 720,000 baht. As part of the Hard Rock’s continuing commitment to give back to the community, their ‘Take Time to be Kind’ project has raised the money to help the school which presently has 7 teachers and 114 students from kindergarten to elementary levels, housed in their four buildings.

Ponjum, in appreciation of their commitment and generosity in helping the school. Hard Rock staff spends free time at the school repairing and painting the buildings as well as creating a play area for the children to use in their lunch break. Also, Mr Hazard ac know ledged all the sponsors,

namely General Kanit and Khun Toi Permsub, Khun Paisan and Khun Deborah of Rabbit Resirt, Khun Brendan, Khun Philip and the Rotary Club of JomtienPattaya, Mr Howard Singleton of Rotary Lombok, Khun Steve Graham, Khun Julian and European Safety Concept (ESC) team, Khun Tracy Cosgrove, Khun Wilson Koh, Khun Rajaneeporn and Raimon Land, Khun Sivilo of VDA Asia Pacific, Khun Kanjana and Siam Commercial Bank, Khun Cherdpong and Seaside Properties, Khun Tony and Khun Rung Malhotra, Khun Areeya Kiew-Sa-Nga, Khun Vic King, Pol. Lt. Col. Thawatchai Sood-sakorn, Pol. Lt. Col. Chanapat Nawarat, Dr. Pakaporn and Dr Napaporn from Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, Pattaya Best Food Company, Superior Quality Food Co., Ltd., Ouay Porn Panich Shop, Cornerstone Management Co., Ltd., all

Pattaya Press and Media, all friends and partners, Hard Rock painter team Khun Cham-nan, Khun Duangdee, Khun Dusit, Khun Vichien, Khun Dechudon and engineering Team, Hard Rock Band members, K-Tech and most especially Khun Pokky for his hard work and dedication on this project.





Japanese hair stylists visit Father Ray Foundation Schwarzkopf International, the hair care product makers, in collaboration with the Father Ray Foundation recently welcomed eight top hair stylists from Japan to the Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities. Each year Schwarzkopf invites a group of its best clients, salon owners and stylists who use their products to visit a foreign country on a working holiday to perform community service. This year the chosen country was Thailand and on the morning of Tuesday the 19th May the hairdressers travelled from Bangkok and spent the whole morning cutting, trimming and styling the students’ hair.

With the stylists having such fashionable hairstyles themselves many of the male students wanted the same style as the person cutting their hair, and they got exactly what they asked for, and once finished the look on their faces when they saw their reflection in the mirror told everyone that they were pleased. The young female students were a bit more particular when explaining what they wanted; not too much cut off, not too much left on, and like their male colleagues they were also happy with the results. The students are very grateful for their new hairstyles, and a little surprised that anyone would fly all

the way from Japan just to cut their hair. After completing more than sixty haircuts the stylists joined the students for lunch where they received a small gift as a mark of gratitude.

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Bringing the tourists back Pit has its first meeting

by Alan S. Brown

The new organisation, PATTAYA INITIATIVE for TOURISM (PIT), recently held its first meeting. This group of esteemed citizens, businessmen and assorted luminaries are charged with, once again, making Pattaya the premier tourist spot it was always destined to be. As the group vowed to work together as a team, united in its purpose of making Pattaya popular with vacationers, they nicknamed themselves the Pattaya Pits. Due to the damage caused by the insurrection at the recently canceled ASEAN conference at the PEACH convention center, they held their meeting at its annex: The PEACH PIT. The first order of business was to come up with a slogan. As the PITs vowed to work together as a team for the good of Pattaya, they came up with: The PITS are Pattaya and Pattaya is the PITS. Eventually, the slogan idea was tabled

for obvious reasons. It was decided to put together a “road show,” which would highlight Pattaya’s many pleasures and attractions. The idea was to make people all over the region

and the world aware of some of the less well-known things to see and do in Fun City, as well as, the more obvious ones. For example, how many people are aware of the natural springs and lakes that pop

up along Tappaya Road after a rain storm? Memories of the old swimming hole of one’s childhood would be revived; and, Italy may have its Leaning Tower of Pisa, but Pattaya has its

leaning utiity poles. Henceforth, the Leaning Poles of Pattaya will be heavily promoted. This may turn out to be a short lived phenomenon as most of them are likely to come down with the next heavy

wind. Unlike their counterpart in the famous Italian city, Pattaya’s leaning poles are not old; they were just recently put up that way. Now that eco-tourism is all the rage, Pattaya will do its part by offering adventures in “roughing it.” At any time of the day or night, power will be shut off for several hours or even the entire day. Although these outages will be planned, they often will notbe announced in advance; and, if they are, it’ll be via sound trucks making the announcement in Thai. Good luck to those tourists who haven’t become fluent in the native language (which might not be a bad idea to learn as the level of spoken English among the natives is often rudimentary). Whenever there’s a hint of thunder, lightening or rain, the cable, satellite TV and Internet will malfunction, as well. This is part of PIT’s campaign to bring back responsible “green” tourism to the eastern seaboard. Why go to Chiang Mai to “rough it” when you can stay right here in Fun City?

Vol. 8 No. 18  1 - 15 June 2009 To make the visitor feel more “at home,” all kinds of gouging will be introduced. For example, if one is stupid enough to want to withdraw money from his foreign account, using his ATM card in a local machine, so he can spend more money here in Fun City, a one hundred fifty

baht fee will be assessed for the privilege on top of the fees already assessed by the home bank. An American, who attended the PIT meeting, recounted how he had to take a second mortgage on his New York City co-op, just to pay the fees assessed on his $100 ATM withdrawal.

Another brilliant innovation is to raise prices as a response to the dearth of tourists. The logic is that if there are less customers, businesses can make up the loss of income by raising the prices for those few who still patronize their establishments: a brilliant example of common sense. As we all know, Pattaya is a clean, respectable, family oriented resort. PIT will get the word out that there is absolutely no prostitution in Fun City. However, if one wishes to visit an imbibing emporium featuring lovely hosts or hostesses or pole dancers, he is welcome to take them off the premises for the wholesome purpose of escorting him to a restaurant, the opera or even the bowling alley. PIT’s final suggestion was to offer free one-way air tickets to Thailand. The beneficiaries of this largesse will then be followed around by “minders” until their bank accounts are depleted and all of their credit cards are maxed out. When this happens, their visas will be revoked and they’ll be dumped at the Cambodian border. The PIT meeting ended when the men in white coats came and told the group it was time for arts and crafts, followed by group therapy.

Fighting the Face Cream Fetish

The other day I had a sobering discussion with my friend Fardley Nerdwell on an unusual topic. Fardley: My girlfriend Noy has developed an addiction which threatens to destroy our relationship. Me: Good heavens, that’s terrible! What is she addicted to? Drugs? Gambling? Alcohol? Fardley: Worse. She’s addicted to face creams. Me: Oh, well, that’s nothing. Noy is a pretty girl.

Face creams should enhance her beauty. Fardley: Ha. You know nothing about women. Like most Thai women, Noy has a horror of dark skin. She has a gorgeous dusky complexion that most foreign men would find irresistible—mysterious, sultry, exotic—but Noy looks in the mirror and wails, “I am black! Ugly!” Me: She doesn’t care that foreign men find dark skin exotic? Fardley: No. Foreign men are stupid. Don’t you know that? We’re nothing more than buffaloes in human skins. Who cares what we think? Thai women care only about what other Thai women think. And Thai women have banded together, reached a universal consensus, and delivered their infallible and irreversible verdict: dark skin is ugly. They all want white skin. Me: So what does Noy do about it? Fardley: She buys skin whiteners. And here’s where the horror begins. Excessive use of skin whiteners over the last six months has turned Noy’s complexion into a color that can only be described as blotchy. Me: Blotchy! Good heavens! That’s terrible! Fardley: Not to Noy’s way of thinking. To her, blotchy is better than black. Blotchy

is half way to white. So she’s applying skin whiteners with redoubled vigor. Me: Well, maybe she’ll get a white skin and you’ll have a white Noy on your hands. Fardley: I don’t want a white Noy, I want the original dark, beautiful Noy. But it gets worse, because the discovery of skin whiteners has led her deep into a limitless labyrinth: the wonderful world of face creams. Me: What kind of face creams? Fardley: Unbeknownst to the average male, there is, out there in the cosmetics section of every shopping mall and department store in the land, an infinite variety of face creams. It is a truly daunting array, rivaling in number the stars in all the galaxies and the sands on all our seashores. There are hundreds of brands and thousands of combinations: skin cleansers, brighteners, refreshers; scrubs, masks, toners, moisturizers; night creams and day creams, possibly twilight creams and pre-dawn creams, and conceivably even morning, noon, afternoon, and evening creams. I suspect that they have invented a different face cream for every hour of the day; and if they haven’t, they soon will. There is no end to Noy’s insatiable appetite for creams to render her face ever younger, whiter, and more

beautiful. She has an everexpanding collection of salves, gels, and liquids that takes up half her bathroom. Ordinarily I would dismiss this obsession as mere fetish, a harmless hobby—except that it impacts my wallet significantly. Me: Aha! I thought there might be a financial factor behind your concern. But there’s a cure for this, you know. Fardley (suddenly alert): There is? What is it? Me (solemnly): Buddhism. Noy is a Buddhist, is she not? All the Thai girls I’ve met are nominally Buddhists, although most of them actually worship King Chulalongkorn. You can use Buddhism to wean Noy from this infantile clinging to face creams. Fardley: I’m not aware that the Buddha had anything to say about face creams. Me: Not specifically. But the Buddhist scriptures reflect a disgust for the body which implies stern disapproval of any attempt to preserve or beautify it. Consider this passage from the Visuddhi Magga, translated by Henry Clarke Warren. It refers specifically to the skin, and I found it so appealing that I memorized it: “The body…has an outside envelope of moist cuticle covered by an epidermis full of pores, through which there is an incessant oozing and trickling,

as if from a kettle of fat. It is prey to vermin, the seat of disease, and subject to all manner of miseries. Through its nine apertures it is always discharging matter, like a ripe boil. Water is secreted from the two eyes, wax from the ears, snot from the nostrils. From the mouth issue food, bile, phlegm, and blood, and from the two lower orifices issue feces and urine. From the 99,000 pores of the skin exudes an unclean sweat that attracts flies and other insects.” Fardley: Not an attractive picture, if you think about it. Me: True. This sunny outlook is summed up in a charming verse: “This monstrous wound hath outlets nine; A damp, wet skin doth clothe it o’er. At every point this filthy thing Exudeth nasty, stinking smells.” Elsewhere, Buddhism dismisses the body as “the bag with nine holes, exuding dirts.” Fardley: So the body is gross. What does that have to do with Noy and her face creams? Me: Why would anyone try to preserve or prettify such a disgusting thing? The effort is hopeless. Inevitably the body will grow old, decay, and die. The skin will age, coarsen, wrinkle, and shrivel

despite the most desperate attempts to keep it young and vibrant. Once dead, the entire corpse will rot, stink, and be devoured by maggots. Fardley: I already know Noy’s answer to that. She wants to postpone that time for as long as possible. Hence her use of face creams. Me: Noy’s position is anti-Buddhist. It flies in the face of everything the Buddha taught. In another country, in another age, they would have burned her at the stake as a heretic. If you tell her that, she might begin to see face creams as the waste of time and money they are. Fardley: Forget it, Ess. Philosophizing to Noy is like talking to a wall. She knows that some day she’ll get old and ugly. She just wants to keep herself young and beautiful for as long as she can. Anything wrong with that? It’s perfectly human. The Buddha, being a man of compassion, would have sympathized. Me: You’re right, of course. And by admitting this, you’ve justified her use of face creams. Have fun paying for them. S. Tsow, who does not use face creams (he rarely uses even soap and water) can be scolded for his curmudgeonliness at .

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The Lighthouse Club - Lighting the way for a Brighter Future in Pattaya The tough times from this global recession are showing little sign of respite here in Pattaya made evident in recent hotel occupancy rates that are currently less than 50%. Unfavourable exchange rates, fewer tourists, political demonstrations to name a few of the compounding issues to our local economic downturn. How do we as individual business people respond to such conditions? Although not a solution to the economic issues, in the Lighthouse Club we have a beacon of light that not only serves as an informal networking evening for those within construction and real estate, but a charity that gives back to the community through helping orphaned children of construction workers through an organisation called SANUK. Last months event was generously sponsored by Paradise City Property, whom has real estate offices not only in Pattaya but Rayong and Hua Hin too. Managing Director, Gavin Perfect, probably sums it up best

when he states ‘It feels great knowing that when you attend these productive networking evenings, mixing with like minded business people discussing opportunities and issues in the market place that you are also having a very positive impact on children far less fortunate than

us. The Lighthouse club currently covers the cost of one full time member of staff that looks after these children and we have also provided art and craft to help stimulate their minds’. On the fourth Friday of each month they hold an event at either Jameson’s or one of the two Shenanigans and it is open to all, both member (200bht) and non mem-

ber (500bht). A generous buffet and supply of beer and wine is included in your entry fees. With in the region of sixty attendees each month it really is the place to come and meet some key players in construction and real estate in Pattaya whilst also supporting a fantastic cause.

- A terrific opportunity to network with a significant group within construction and real estate You may have a business that you wish to come and sponsor an evening with them, previous sponsors have seen real benefits in getting a group like this together and spending time sharing information on their operations over a glass

of wine or bottle of beer! This really is a rare and scarce - there are only 12 events a year - chance to showcase your business in front of the right people. So, if you are in business and want to light the way to a brighter future for you and others less fortunate then the Lighthouse Club should be an essential monthly event for your schedule. In today’s tough business climate the ‘do nothing’ is not an option, creating opportunities however is a must and in the Lighthouse club you have a ready made event to create such an opportunity. Paradise City Property have extensive property listings, both in sales and rental across Pattaya, Rayong and Hua Hin, on their state of the art web page well worth checking out if only for a browse of the different properties across the region. They can also be contacted on 038-373966 or pattaya@ paradisecityproperty. For details of forthcoming Lighthouse club

events including sponsorship contact Mark

Thompson at mark@

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Hope on the global economic horizon Although this financial crisis is generally agreed to be the worst since the Great Depression and the worst global economic downturn in decades, the signs are that, slowly but surely, economic recovery is actually beginning to occur, although full recovery will be slow and ‘U’rather than ‘V’ shaped, being essentially led by the USA. Evidence for this is that  economies are still contracting but at a slower rather than an accelerated rate  although unemployment in the US is still rising, more are employed today then in December 2007, at the beginning of the financial tsunami  aggressive monetary and fiscal policies are starting to impact  many economic conditions are no longer in a free fall  there is a large decline in business inventories  the Canadian central bank is beginning to see a rebound in consumer confidence, with some

positive moves in the housing market. In some sectors, however, things will worsen before they start to improve. Global trade volumes, for instance, are expected to contract 12% in 2009 because of the severe and prolonged global demand slump, excess capacity across supply chains and the continued reduction in trade finance. While the rate of economic contraction is slowing compared to the free-fall rates of Q4 of 2008 and Q1 of 2009, the economic bottom has not yet been reached, nor has a sustained recovery of growth commenced yet, particularly in Europe and Japan. And the levels of unemployment, whilst slowing, will still continue to rise in the short-term; however, it is employment which is indicative of recovery and that can even start, albeit with the economy is still in chaos, with as many as half the US population being unemployed. However, major pundits are optimistic. Janet

Yellen, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, said “I am hopeful that the (US) recession will end in the second half of this year due

once it does get started,” adding that unemployment will probably take “several more years” to return to long-run equilibrium levels.

to aggressive monetary and fiscal policies, and the operation of typical business cycle mechanisms, but it will likely not give way to a robust rebound in growth.” Ms Yellen cautioned that “I expect the U.S. recovery to be frustratingly tepid

“My forecast that output growth will turn positive in 2009 and proceed near trend in 2010 implies that the unemployment rate will rise from 8.5% now to around 9.5% by the end of this year.” Ms Yellen also remarked she’s seen

some positive signals such as the large decline in business inventories that are seen as a prerequisite to a turn in the economy. “The first-quarter data suggest that the necessary inventory correction may be quite far along,” she said, adding that recent data also hinted at a stabilization in the housing sector. Bank of Canada governor, Mark Carney, was apparently in accordance with Ms Yellen’s appraisal, saying that the bank continues to see adjustment in business inventories. “Firms got caught with a lot of extra product that they need to sell and they seem to be adjusting to that quite quickly. It makes this half of the year bad. But once you’ve cleaned out the inventory stock then it means you start producing more. Some of this difficult restructuring, if handled well, can get us back on our feet much more quickly,” he said. As for Thailand, Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij said that the government

is committed to a new 3-year investment plan to revitalize the economy, amounting to Bt1.4 to 1.5 trillion and Korn is currently working on the details of investment projects in a wide range of industries. Economic and financial guru, George Soros, asserts that to prevent the US, and by implication the global, economy from sliding further into a depression, President Obama must embark on a radical and comprehensive policy package that has five major components: 1. a further fiscal stimulus package 2. a thorough overhaul of the mortgage system 3. recapitalization of the banking system 4. an innovative energy policy 5. reform of the international financial system If these measures become policy, not only in the US, but worldwide, then global economic recovery can be sustained in the long-term.

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Raimon Land completes home for underprivileged children in Klong Toey with Mercy Centre Luxury property developer Raimon Land has completed the construction of the Baan Mercy Ruamjai Pattana building for the Human Development Foundation in Klong Toey to house underprivileged children from the area.

months at a cost of THB 9 million, donated by Raimon Land and other suppliers who work with the developer. These include contractors Bouygues Thai and NET, concept designer Graham Lamb, architect Stephen J. Leach, and

Henri Young, Director of Marketing Raimon Land PLC with children and Father Joe Maier, Human Development Foundation Founder and Director (6th left), at the inauguration of the Baan Mercy Ruamjai Pattana building, Klong Toey

Announced in May last year, the project has been finished in just over twelve

engineers Meinhardt and EEC Lincoln Scott. The aim of the develop-

ment is to create a safe and non-abusive environment for 40 children, with ages ranging from five to late teens, and to provide them with an as near as possible to normal upbringing considering their circumstances. The realisation of this project reaffirms Raimon Land’s long - standing commitment to its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, which continues to plan despite the global economic slowdown. Raimon Land Chief Executive Officer, Hubert Viriot, said: “Supporting the community, with children at its heart, is very much in line with our vision of developing a better environment, to which we remain completely dedicated.” The children at Mercy Centre have been engaged in the initiative from the beginning, with a compe-

Insurance has never been more important Economic pressures should never be at the expense of good insurance cover by Dan Cheeseman

Pattaya is the epitome of multi-cultural living across both expat and tourist alike, and in Global Solidor Real Estate and Insurance Brokers they are ideally placed to serve every one of them due to recent changes to their business. Global Solidor is a division of the trusted and well respected German-Thai Group that was originally founded in Pattaya in 1986. GermanThais objective was to support foreign clients with qualified information and help in the fields of legal advice and management consultancies as well as in real estate and insurance business. Since then the group has continued to flourish with success largely based on its commitment to deliver first class customer service and in its ability to deliver to its customers’ needs. Due to its continual growth the group has split its services with Global Solidor now representing all real estate and insurance brokerage, whilst the German-Thai will maintain its specialism in legal.

So, what does this mean to the customer? In short, very little, with customers still able to enjoy the high standards and trust created from the German-Thai Group through Global Solidor, whilst now also able to benefit from multi-national consultants. Whether English, French, German, Russian or Thai, Global Solidor has professional consultants to help you. It is important to choose a company that you can have confidence in and can rely on, this is why Global Solidor will not compromise their standards and will always be ethical and right for our customers. They are also members of the Real Estate Broker Association, a group that conforms to official Thai Government policies as well as international real estate standards. Don’t overlook the importance of good insurance Part of Global Solidors offer is with insurance. Recent advice in America from a leading consultant on managing the recession placed Health Insur-

ance as one of the top five things you must do in order to successfully manage your finances. Imagine having an accident or falling ill in Thailand and then having to pay for your medical costs, it does not come cheap and could very easily bankrupt you (or even worse, what if you could not afford an important operation?). Other insurance services offered include Motor, Liability, Property, Corporate, and Marine/Hull. Global Solidor partner with major international groups to ensure you get the very best products around - from AXA to QBE, from BUPA to LMG. They would love to have the opportunity to see how they could help you with any of your legal, real estate or insurance needs, so why not give them a ring or go see them at their office? Global Solidor can be contacted either by telephone on 038 427 364 or visit them at 157/143 Moo 5, PattayaNaklua Road, Chonburi 20150. com Email:

tition run amongst them to decide what the home should be called – with 7 year old Voravut Charoenthai winning. Other activities include involvement in artwork and interior fittings to ensure a personalised feel and a sense of familiarity and belonging. Human Development Foundation Founder and Director, Father Joe Maier, said: “We are extremely grateful to Raimon Land and their partners for their support and wholehearted involvement in

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creating Baan Mercy Ruamjai Pattana. It is a very high-quality and much needed addition to our facilities.” Baan Mercy Ruamjai Pattana houses individual bed and storage facilities for the children, as well as games, kitchen and laundry facilities, a homework area, an on-site guardian and a garden on the second floor to grow herbs and vegetables. Thongchai Solokkoo, one of the children who will move into the house

said, “We like this house a lot. It’s beautiful with plenty of space for us as well as trees and a lawn to play on. We promise that we will take good care of this house. The original idea to build the house was inspired by the inaugural Thailand Property Awards in 2007, for which Mercy Centre was the beneficiary. Raimon Land was acknowledged as Best Developer at the awards organised by Thailand Property Report.

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Chikungunya Disease Epidemic in South Over 15,000 people in 15 of Thailand’s southern provinces have been infected with the mosquito virus, Chikungunya disease. The Public Health Ministry, however, is certain the outbreak can be controlled, despite a woeful lack of qualified health staff throughout the region. Precautionary measures, including widespread spraying with anti-mosquito chemicals, increased watchfulness and a public information campaign have been put into place, according to Disease Control Department Head, Somchai Chakrabhand. Stream Of Culture Fair Bang Muang village at the confluence of three canals recently staged the ‘Stream of Culture’ Fair to celebrate the ancient culture of Thailand and the populace’s relationship with water. Events included mask-making and vegetable-and-fruit carving, traditional dancing to bless the monarch, gong or local drum performance by the youth, the work of artists depicting local scenery, traditional boat songs, poetry recitals, displays of traditional children’s games, Thai musical instruments and Thai classical mask plays. Rainy Season Increases Swine Flu Risk The Public Health Ministry is concerned that the rainy season could produce perfect conditions for the spread of H1N1, the Mexican swine flu virus. To date 12 patients in Thailand are

suspected of having contracting the virus, though none have been confirmed. Foreign athletes attending the Youth World Weightlifting Championship in Chiang Mai, are being seen as potential carriers and will be screened whilst coming through Suvarnabhumi or Chiang Mai airports. Practical Joke Rebounds On Aussie Woman An Australian mother, whose friends played a practical joke on her, hiding a souvenir bar-mat in her bag, was arrested and jailed for 4 nights in Phuket, charged with “night time” theft. Currently out on bail, she was to remain here until her trail in 14 weeks, but is now to be repatriated. Annice Smoel asserts she was victimized because she was in a group of women without a man to bribe police, though witnesses accuse her of insulting a high-ranking policeman. Flood Warnings Issued to 18 Provinces The Meteorological Department has issued a warning of dangerous flash floods and the likelihood of inundation in 18 provinces around the country, which are liable to reoccur throughout May and early June, due to heavy and sometimes torrential rainfall. The provinces likely to be affected are Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Tak, Uttaradit, Phetchabun, Uthai Thani, Nakhon Sawan, Chainat, Sing Buri, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Rayong, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Phetchaburi, Rayong, Trang and Satun.

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International Property Analysts Predict Price Drop International property analysts are predicting a fall in property prices, especially in Bangkok, and warning that there are potential risks in this region of Asia and that investors should exercise caution and be wary of investing. John Evans of Tractus Asia said “I think we are going to see a big decrease, maybe even 25 to 30 per cent in residential property in Bangkok as there is an oversupply and more supply coming online.” Bangkok Rapid Response Unit to Instill Fear in Hearts of Villains The recently launched Bangkok Rapid Response Unit project is the brainchild of Metropolitan Police Division 1 Commander Wichai Sangprapai. It currently stands at 18 police officers on Honda Phantom choppers tasked with deterring crime in inner-city areas and boosting public confidence in the law enforcement authorities. The black-clad officers underwent a training programme designed to combat crime, cope with hostage situations and act speedily against bag-snatchers and other thieves. Central to Open New Shopping Complexes The Central Group will open a new Bt4.6-billion shopping complex in Chonburi on May 29. The latest addition to the Central super shopping malls will cover an area of 165,000m2 and contain 200 shops, including Robinson Department Store, Tops Market, PowerBuy and SF Cinema City. The company also intends to build new shopping complexes in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Rama IX in Bangkok and renovate its Central Plaza Lat Phrao. Western Frontier Rife With People and Drug Smuggling The Kanchanaburi-Burmese border districts of Sangkhla Buri, Thong Pha Phum, Sai Yok and Si Sawat are popular with traffickers bringing in migrant workers and drugs from Burma , both of which are later smuggled into Malaysia, or taken to other areas in Thailand, according to a source in the Surasi Security Task Force, who maintained

“the problems are more serious than meets the eye as the illegal activities involve many interest groups.” Shirts Responsible For Loss of ASEAN Confidence The failure of the planned Phuket ASEAN Summit Conference, which was to be held on June 13, is being seen in some quarters as an indication that Thailand has lost the confidence of the leaders of ASEAN and its six Asia-Pacific partners as being able to host an orderly and safe summit. Consequently, the country is now suffering the consequences of the irresponsible actions of both the Red and Yellow Shirts. Medecins Sans Frontieres To Cease Helping Hmong Medecins Sans Frontieres is to curtail its relief programme in Northern Thailand where they provide all the food and medicine for approximately 5,000 ethnic Hmong asylum seekers from Laos. The Hmong have been engaged in a stop-go insurgency against the communist government in Laos ever since the Vietnam War. The Thai military have been trying to repatriate them, against UN advice because they face almost certain prosecution if returned. US Study Of Thai SexWorkers and AIDS The US National Institutes of Health is undertaking a US$178,000 study to investigate the sex habits of Thai prostitutes, using a sample of 60 sex-workers -36 women and 24 katoeys. The study is particularly concerned to find the relationship between drug-taking and HIV/AIDS. A preliminary investigation has indicated there is a higher incidence of HIV/AIDS among drug taking sex workers. The United Nations estimates that almost 1% of Thailand’s population is infected with HIV/ AIDS – proportionately almost three times that of the U.S. Phuket Tourism Association Predicts A Bleak Low Season The Phuket Tourism Association (PTA) is not optimistic about the resort’s chance of pulling in the tourists this year. It predicts hotel occupancies of 25-30% compared to 60%

in last year’s low season, largely due to the A(H1N1) flu virus scare. Revenues for Phuket operators could be less than 50% of those in 2008. The PTA only expects tourists from Australia, the Middle East and India, everyone else staying away. Bangkok Legal Agency Offers Free Property Info Downloads For investors or purchasers interested in buying land or a condo in Thailand, a Bangkok legal agency (www.siamlegal. com/ThaiProperty) is offering excellent free guides to the ins and outs of this often thorny problem. The company aims to relieve prospective buyers of the headaches associated with these important issues by giving free downloads on such things as the pitfalls, condo ownership, renting, selling and letting, legal requirements, foreigners rights, etc. Big Dope Bust in Nakhon Ratchasima Police recently busted 4 dope-traffickers trying to smuggle 600 kilogrammes of marijuana from Mukdahan to Ayutthaya and arrested them after intercepting their Toyota van at a trafficflyover police checkpoint in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Muang district, according to Deputy Police Commissioner-General Pol Gen Jongrak Juthanon who announced the arrest at a press conference. The ringleader, Thawee Phosim, confessed to having been hired by an Ayutthayan for Bt15,000 to make the delivery. Army Boss Gives Assurances Over Sea Container The mysterious container recently found dumped in the sea off the coast at Samae San, Chonburi is continuing to cause controversy and suspicion. To clear up the matter, the Chief of the Thai Army, General Anupong Paochinda, has given an undertaking that stringent tests will be carried out on its contents. There is a supposed relationship between the container and a number of citizens who mysteriously disappeared during the Black May incident in 1992. Phi Phi Tourists’ Death Controversy Continues The cause of death of two foreign tourists on Phi Phi Island continues to be

a matter of speculation, exacerbated by assertions by news columnist, Nitipoom Navaratna, that the tourists died of food poisoning. The island’s governor, Siwa Sirisaowalak, advised that judgment should be reserved until all the necessary tests have been carried out and he castigated the writer for inflaming the matter and giving reason to defame the island. Canadians Want Thailand for Their SE Asian Mining Base According to the Industry Minister, the Canadians, the world’s largest mineral exporter, are currently negotiating with the Industry Ministry to radically expand the Thai mining industry and to promote investment in the mining sector by establishing joint ventures with the Thais and making Thailand their mining base in SE Asia. The Canadians want to explore for zinc and tin in Kanchanaburi Province and gold in Loei, Pichit, Petchabul and Prachinburi Provinces. March Unemployment Figures Grim Unemployment rose to 711,000, 1.9% of the country’s work force, at the end of March, according to Thailand’s National Statistical Office. Esarn has been the hardest hit, with 301,000 job losses, whereas Bangkok only suffered 56,000. The sectors affected were: industrial 480,000, commerce and service 170,000 and agricultural 80,000. Secretary-General Thananut Trithipphayabut said the figures represented an increase of 182,000 on 2008’s total, and attributed the majority of the lay-offs to job cuts. Brit Embezzles US$154 Million from Dubai Bangkok police arrested a British national, Michael Bryan Smith, in a central Bangkok restaurant on May 21. Smith, a personnel manager for a property company in Dubai, allegedly diverted US$154 million of fellow workers’ salaries into his personal bank account between March 11May 31, 2008. He’s married to a Thai and frequently travels around Vietnam, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand. He’s not been granted bail as authorities fear his escape and Dubai has requested his extradition.

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Managing markets in a downturn... and winning

by Simon Philbrook Not many investors can look back on the last 12 - 18 months, having achieved a positive return. A recent visit to Bangkok by Martin Gray, Fund Manager for Miton Asset Management, provided an insight into what it takes to do exactly that. Martin was among the very few fund managers to anticipate economic trends. From July 2007 until December 2008, Martin’s Special Situations Fund secured an 11.4 % return for investors while the MSCI World Index fell 45%. During his visit Martin spoke exclusively to clients and guests of MBMG International at private, invitationonly briefings. ‘The Brief’ is now able to bring you an exclusive overview of the key points Martin shared with MBMG clients behind closed doors. Active management the key “Ninety percent of our returns come from analysis of global economic trends. Only

when we have decided which assets, in which sectors, in which markets, we want to invest in, do we then look for the most appropriate fund managers in specialist areas to exploit these for us. Diversification in itself is not a panacea. It’s the commitment to actively manage the portfolio and follow your instincts which produces results. We always invest with a long term horizon in mind. I try to evaluate if an asset class has more upside opportunity than downside risk. If you’re active you can find opportunities for profit even when in declining markets. I roam where I get the best return for the funds.”

Adaptive, long term Investment philosophy Martin isn’t wedded to any particular style or focus, considering every asset class and methodology -

Frankly, you have to be prepared to admit when you’ve made a mistake and get out…the themes I am following are on a 1-3 years basis. Some may be shorter than that, but I am not a trader. At the same time, we’re not wedded to any particular benchmark, sector or asset allocation model. I look more at the fundamentals and the big picture rather than technical charts showing short term movements. I think fund management is 90% art and 10% science. Fund management for me is more about applying your experience, knowledge and intuition.”

What is clear to Martin is that the easy credit of recent times is now history. “We’re going through a major step change in capital markets. It will mean a

complete lifestyle change for our children who will not have the easy access to credit which has been a feature of our generation. The savings culture is well and truly on the way back.” But what lies ahead ? Martin starts from a very conservative premise - is there anything better than cash? If not, just hold cash. As a result, the risk-adjusted performance of his funds has been exceptional. “It’s too early in the cycle to know where the bottom is. There is still too much debt out there which has yet to be quantified. We have still got a long way to unwind and I think it will take at least a few years. What makes this period different is that we are beginning a deep recession with a banking sector already on its knees. Historically, corporate failure has led recessions, with banks only getting hit at the end as a consequence of corporate collapses in value.” About Martin Gray: Winner of the 2009 Thompson Reuters Award for 5 year performance in the cautious mixed asset sector has won numerous industry accolades over his many years in the industry. Finally, Peter Douglas, the

Principal of research firm and GFIA, and the Asia-Pacific representative region on the Council of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), and Director of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association recently pointed out more reasons to avoid private banks “The......bulk of assets in Asia came in to hedge funds through the private banking industry. One of the big changes over the last ten years between the last crisis and here and now, has been the growth of the Asian private banking industry. So, in the ten years since the Asian crisis, we have had a huge growth and very aggressive penetration of private banks; in particular those based here in Singapore, which has become a major wealth management centre. The default model for a private bank trying to gain market share rapidly ...has been by offering more leverage to its clients. As a consequence, a large chunk of Asian demand for alternatives came through private banks. The private bank risk manager looked at the recent performance of hedge fund aggregates which, up to 2008, had a very low volatility and therefore looked like a ‘safe’ asset. So the credit committees signed off on applying leverage to private

clients’ hedge fund portfolios. As a result, the industry ended up with a group of sophisticated and professional investors (hence unprotected by distribution regulations), who still did not really understand hedge funds, who bought portfolios of hedge funds, typically through fund of funds, with three times, four times leverage. And clearly that was a recipe for all sorts of unhappiness last year. That money is not going to come back quickly, and to be honest, probably neither are those private banking relationships. So the perception that Asian investors have of hedge funds is noticeably more tainted than the impression I get from talking to comparable investor bases in the US and to a lesser extent in Europe. In my view, the Asian hedge fund industry is going to produce some great performance numbers; I completely buy the argument that there are massive inefficiencies at the moment. Asia is cyclical, it is volatile, and if you are prepared to commit to Asian hedge funds right now, you’re going to be very, very well compensated over the next two to five years. I have absolutely no doubt about that. But I don’t think Asians are going to play in that party - it is going to be global money coming in.”

Buyer turnoffs can impede the sale of your home by Khun Dee Pattaya’s inventory of unsold homes—both new and previously occupied— may be at an all-time high, and the financial climate may have reached new lows. But neither factor fully explains why your particular house or condo has not yet sold. After all, other homes are selling in this slow market. Just why have you not yet received any offers on your perfect two-bedroom two-bath corner condo with a spectacular sea view? It may be something other than location that is keeping buyers away. Or you might question why your two-story house with Olympic pool has just been sitting on the market for months, despite your low asking price. Maybe it’s not price alone that is putting buyers off. We routinely advise buyers to look beyond the superficial when home shopping. We have stressed that deals are available if shoppers focus on quality, location, size, layout, and even the potential of the homes they are looking at rather than being distracted by outrageous furniture, bizarre wall colors, or unsanitary living conditions. Being

human, however, many buyers simply are unable to overcome their visceral reactions to common turnoffs. They may literally turn around and walk out the door. What sparks such reactions? Unpleasant odors are the most common and repulsive offenses. Usually the stench is caused by cigarette smoke and pets, but it could stem from mildew, trash or poor housekeeping practices. You may not recognize such odors, but if you smoke indoors your house smells like cigarettes. Bet on it. If you have pets, the house probably stinks. Ask a trusted friend, your real estate agent, or anyone who doesn’t live there to take a sniff. Don’t get angry when they tell you that your place reeks…and that you do too. Do not try to cover up unpleasant odors with sprays, incense or perfumes. Eradicate them. Determine the source of the smell and eliminate it. Present potential buyers with a clean, fresh atmosphere. Airing out your home and not smoking indoors will help eliminate such odors, but you probably don’t want to eliminate Fido. At least not

permanently. But do get him out before prospects come by for a viewing. It is not wise to have your dog or any other pet running out to greet or attack buyers. Some people are legitimately frightened by dogs; others are irritated by pets of any kind. You’ll have a much better response from showings if you control your pets--dogs, cats, whatever. But don’t just confine pets to a bedroom or backyard, and then ask people not to open the door to that room or not to enter the yard. Would you buy a home you have not fully inspected? Of course not. Remove pets during showings. If you cannot hand them off to friends or put them in a kennel, contain them in pen or other enclosure for their own safety and to show respect for the feelings of potential buyers. Another common turnoff is a dirty bathroom. It’s imperative that you scrub your sink, shower, tub, toilet, walls and floors before showing your home. Paint the walls if necessary; buy a new shower curtain, rugs and towels; do whatever it takes to make the bathroom bright and attractive. If you are serious about

selling your home, the extra work is a must. Most buyers are negatively influenced by dark homes. Brighten rooms by replacing dim light bulbs; installing additional light fixtures, and even consider installing skylights. If you now have heavy drapes in the living room, open them to let the light stream through windows. If some walls are painted dark, repaint with colors that reflect light. Do tree limbs or other vegetation cast shadows on your home? Trim them. And while you’re at it, clean all windows, inside and out, to allow more light to enter. Besides, dirty and fogged windows are another buyer turnoff. Got wallpaper? If it’s busy and omnipresent, get rid of it. Even people who love wallpaper will be repelled if it’s unattractive, especially if it’s in every room. Odds are they will not like the patterns you’ve chosen. It’s a personal decorative touch that they want to select themselves. When you’re selling a home you must appeal to the masses—visitors from around the world as well as local Thais and farang, so take a hard look at your wallpaper

and decide if it should be removed and replaced with paint. Don’t paint over it because it will be obvious that you did; most buyers know that painted wallpaper is even more difficult to remove. Dampness or damp smells in a room or any area is another red flag to buyers. They think: Water leaks. Plumbing problems. Faulty foundation. Determine the cause of the dampness and resolve the problem before putting your house on the market. Bugs are ubiquitous in Pattaya and throughout the tropics and we will never be rid of them. But while your house is on the market, bring out the roach traps, the insecticides and all the other ammunition to help you present what appears to be a bug-free domain. But do it well before you entertain visitors to ensure there are no lingering telltale odors. As you no doubt know, curb appeal is vital. You must grab a buyer’s interest from the curb if you want to sell quickly and at a good price. Buyers often refuse to go into a house with an unkempt yard, sagging doors or peeling paint. If you can’t afford

to paint, at least clean up the yard, trim the growth, and make all necessary exterior repairs. While on the topic of exterior improvements, look at your rain gutters. If you have never cleaned them out they may be home to questionable growth as well as vermin, refuse and debris. Such sights always make buyers wonder what else hasn’t been maintained. Clean the gutters. Finally, and no less important, do not be an intrusive seller. Leave the house during showings. If the seller is home, buyers feel awkward about opening closet doors and lingering for a really good look at the house. Let your estate agent handle the showing. If you’re selling without an agent, give the buyers some space; don’t hover. Consider these turnoffs and make corrections now, before you put your home on the market, because if your home develops a reputation among agents as the condo that smells, the house with the huge barking dog or the home where the owner won’t leave people alone, it will be too late.

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ership continues to grow, Government figures showed. Over ten years the proportion of households without access to a car has fallen from 30 per cent to 25 per cent. And 32 per cent have two or more cars, up from 25 per cent a decade ago. The biggest increase in car use is among women and the over 70s. The Department of Transport found 58 per cent of Brits walk for 20 minutes or more at least once a week, but 24 per cent did so less than once a year, or never. Prince Charles wants to speak out as King PRINCE CHARLES will break the monarch’s traditional vow of silence when he is King, his biographer has claimed. Prince Charles, who has voiced strong views on climate change and organic farming, is set to break with convention when he takes the throne. The Queen has now opened to the public the gardens of Buckingham Palace for the first time to raise money for their upkeep. The Queen has given permission for the 39 acres of lawns, lake and flowers to be opened to groups from next spring. The £20-a-ticket tours could raise up to £70,000 a year to help pay for repairs and maintenance to the crumbling palace and its grounds. The tours will be run in April, May and June and only when the Queen is not in residence.

Think big....and get fat SOME PEOPLE claim you can think yourself thin, now it appears you can also think yourself fat. Scientists found that people crave more food after stressful thoughts. Researchers counted the food intake of 14 students after relaxing summarising text, and completing memory tests on a computer. They consumed 203 and 253 more calories after the text and computer tests than after relaxing, the Canadian study is published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

Diabetes to hit 4 million MORE THAN four million Brits will suffer diabetes by 2025 in an ‘explosion’ of the disease, it was claimed last month. The number of sufferers will soar by 46 per cent due to rising obesity, said charity Diabetes UK. Sufferers risk complications including blindness Handwriting may give clues to heart problems HANDWRITING may give clues to heart and heart disease. Charity Chief Douglas Smallproblems it was claimed last month. Graphologist wood said. “Awareness and prevention are cruChristina Strang spent four years studying ‘resting cial.” dots’ in people’s writing at Poole Hospital, Dorset. She found people who rested their pens, Drinking red wine DRINKING red wine in middle age makes life for just milliseconds, as they wrote, the more ill they were. Ms Strang 53 said. “These resting better as you get older. Researchers found mice given the chemical resdots can be because the heart misses a beat or a veratrol found in red wine, had healthier hearts, sudden pain.” better bone density and improved motor co-ordination. Free passports Dr. Rafael de Caba of the National Institute on MORE THAN 519,000 people have received a free passport since October 2004 in a government Ageing said the finding suggested “resveratrol scheme to give every Briton born on or before may extend a productive independent life.” September 2, 1929, free travel documents to recognise their efforts in the Second World War, And a cup of green tea a day “good for the whether a veteran or a civilian the Identity and heart” A cup of green tea a day could help keep your Passport Service said. But the number of British passports given to heart healthy, a study shows. The drink was found migrants reached a record high last year, with to widen the artery which runs from the shoulder one awarded every three minutes. Some 164,635 to the elbow by 4 per cent within 30 minutes, reapplications were rubber stamped in 2007 despite ducing the risk of blood clots. This is a good indicator of improved blood flow the Government’s attempts to make the process around the body, says a report in the European tougher. It means the total number of passports awarded Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehato foreigners since 1997 has now reached 1.2 bilitation, it is the first time green tea has been shown to have a short-term beneficial effect on the million. The percentage of applications refused, 9 per large arteries. cent, is now lower than in 2005, when it stood at 11 per cent. Just 2,365 people were turned down EU trial in absence BRITONS could be convicted in their absence last year for having an ‘insufficient knowledge of by foreign courts, under proposals approved by English’. the European Parliament. The Government has backed the ‘mutual recognition of criminal law’ Atheist adverts to go on the buses LONDON’S bendy buses will carry atheist that could see Brits extradited after a guilty verslogans in a campaign against religion. The words dict. Ministers say it will increase legal co-opera‘There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying tion and stop criminals fleeing to the EU. But Tories say it ‘goes against’ British justice. and enjoy life,’ will appear on 60 buses in January, after atheist Professor Richard Dawkins said he would match public donations to a maximum of We drive not walk One in four Brits hardly ever walks as car own£5,500 to pay for the adverts.

Getting on your bicycle..... RECORD numbers of Britons are getting on their bikes to beat the credit crunch. Supermarket chief says demand for bicycles has shot up 130 per cent over the last year. With rising fuel costs, concern about the environment and a desire to keep fit they say more and more people are taking to getting around on two wheels. Tesco bike buyer Ben Allen said “The rise in bike sales this year has been phenomenal. People are buying basic bikes right through to more hightech models.” Labour can’t manage 2012 BRITONS believe Labour is incapable of managing the Olympic Games in London. Only 11 per cent of those questioned in a poll said the Government was up to handling the 2012 project. Britain’s most successful showing in a century in Beijing has generated excitement about hosting the event. But Gordon Brown has missed out on any reflected glory, 60 per cent said that it had not made them feel more confident about the Government. Opinion research’s study questioned 2.000 adults Black women now earn more than white BLACK women are earning more than white woman in Britain for the first time, official figures suggest. On average women who described their ethnicity as ‘Black Caribbean’ have taken home more pay in 2008 than their white counterparts. The pay gap grew to 6 per cent in the three months to October when black women earned an average £462 per week, against £436 for white woman. It is a reversal on the figures for 2007 when white women earned over 7 per cent more than black women on average. The trend emerged in an analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics based on the authoritative Labour Force Survey. Women convicted of drink driving THE NUMBER of women convicted of drink driving has nearly doubled over the last 20 years. A total of 10,849 women were convicted in 2005 compared with 6,300 in 1987. And the number has risen by 60% in the last decade alone, according to the Ministry of Justice figures. Meanwhile, it was revealed that the number of male convictions dropped from 106,989 in 1987 to 82,869 in 2005. Motoring groups called for anti-drink campaign targeting women. Sheila Rainger, of the RAC Foundation said “These figures are really worrying.”

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by Richard Bunch Windows 7 RC1 Reviewed This widely anticipated version comes with some slick new changes to the interface and some important refinements at the back. For practicality, in this review, we’ll look primarily at changes made between the beta that was released in January and RC1. Windows 7 will have similar system requirements to Windows Vista, 800MHz processor; 512MB system memory blah, blah. Microsoft’s website says that if your PC will operate Vista then it should run Windows 7, but if in doubt there is an upgrade advisor tool that will check the compatibility and highlight any potential problems. On the whole, Windows 7 found the and installed the hardware drivers, on the Quad Core and the Netbook, no issues whatsoever, but on the Notebook, the wireless driver and VGA driver were not found, after doing Windows update though the wireless driver was correctly identified and installed, that just left the VGA driver which was a little more daunting, Acer website didn’t even have the drivers for any Operating System after XP. This

was an ATI driver and the generic Beta driver from the ATI website worked fine. There are some improvements to speed over the Windows 7 Beta which also was snappier than Vista. I installed it on a NEC Netbook with 1Gb RAM, a three year old Acer Notebook with 1Gb RAM and a Quad Core Desktop with 2Gb RAM. Even on the Netbook, the operating system was surprisingly fast, seemingly even faster than the pre-installed Windows XP Home. A number of security tweaks have been incorporated; these include some minor changes to User Account Control (UAC). The prompt now blacks out the desktop and as an additional security measure, AutoRun has been disabled for USB flash drives and other nonremovable optical security. The rationale for this is that scripts can transfer malware using this type of media Windows 7 comes with Internet Explorer 8, which we have previously reviewed. It is slick and offers may improvements over its predecessors. There have been some changes that are applicable more to corporate networks. The Direct Access feature for connecting to corporate

The IT Guru

networks remotely has been enhanced and this now includes smart card support. A nice feature which is really helpful to people like me who are always on the move is that folders can be deleted and renamed when in offline mode. The Jump Lists add a handy submenu to many applications; this allows you to see items that you recently worked within a given application. For this feature to grow and become more useful then application developers will need to ‘buy into the process’ in their future releases and upgrades. The taskbar has been tweaked and includes a new feature Microsoft calls “task bar thumbnail overflow”. This is really useful if you frequently open many files in a single application. Highlight any file on the list, and you get a preview pane at the highlighted window, just as you can do in thumbnail view, and you can close any window by clicking the traditional “X. Windows 7 adds a few networking improvements that Vista and XP misses. One of these is HomeGroups, which give structure to the process of sharing devices and media files over a home network. Setting up a HomeGroup between two or more Windows 7 PCs automates the sharing of Libraries (collections of pictures, music files, movies, or documents), printers, and storage devices. Windows 7 also increases the number

of SMB network connections that you can have in a single network. Windows 7 generates a secure passkey that must be entered on every computer added to the HomeGroup. The Windows Sidebar has gone and the new Desktop Gadgets seem to be less resource hungry. There are some slick new Themes for the Desktop, which are a real departure from the staid norm that Microsoft usually bundles. The new Action Center’s naming convention makes it a breeze to set your system security preferences, manage backups or return to a previous restore point if things go badly wrong. It also flags any issues that require attention. It flagged Antivirus as an issue, we had originally installed the latest release of Kaspersky but although this appeared to work the Action Centre didn’t recognise its presence. We then installed the preview of Kaspersky which was recognised and in a stand-alone environment would be fine but on a network, accessing server resources was to say the least slow, we’re talking minutes here. We then tried F-Secure’s offering for Windows 7. This took an extraordinary amount of time to install on all systems, once installed though, initial performance was good, however during the following 12 hours programs began to crash on all computers until finally there were no resources left


and there was no alternative but to push the button. After the system had restarted, the Outlook PST file which was open at the time of the freeze refused to open and was corrupted beyond recovery. We then tried Panda’s Antivirus and so far over the past 3 days this has not caused any problems. We have as yet not tested the other compatible products approved by Microsoft windows/antivirus-partners/ windows-7.aspx. Another slick thing is the simplified Shutdown control on the Start Menu. Gone is the unhelpful icon; in its

place are clear, concise textual menus, with Shutdown being available without expanding the branch. 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.

Asian economies begin the economic turn around

At long last the economic tide as begun to turn in this region as the Asian economies begin to show signs of recovery, pulled out of the doldrums by the regional super-economy, China, as it did after the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-98. Optimistic analysts consider the strongest economies of the Asia-Pacific, namely China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, will begin to show positive growth this year and all of the Asian economies will have begun on the upward spiral by 2010, the nadir having been reached earlier this year. Daniel Melser, spokesman for Moody’s, the ratings agency, maintained that “For many economies, January and February marked the nadir for exports. A modest recovery has been apparent in March and April”. The regional economies will be stimulated by the US$120 billion emergency

stability fund, which is to be created by the 10 ASEAN members, plus China, Japan and Korea, by the end of Q4,2009. However, the MD of the business analyst agency, IMA, Richard Martin, asserted that “strong commercial links into China will play a critical role in determining the speed and strength of the recovery in parts of Asia”. All the regional economies have trade surpluses with China and now that China, the pacesetter, is starting to rebuild a growth momentum, the prospects look good. Another key contributor, according to IMA’s Martin, is “the speed and scale of fiscal stimulus” - “Every government in the region is reporting a sharp drop in revenues, but most have been able to lift spending from reserves or a mix of foreign and domestic bond auctions. Relatively low public debt burdens and good fiscal track records have helped.”

The characteristic orientation of the Asian economies, however, has largely shifted away from exports towards domestic-led demand. IMA Asia is confident there will be a new economic growth of between 2.9- 3.1 % for Asia-Pacific in 2009, while Standard & Poor’s is confident that China can maintain growth of 6.3-6.8%. The Asian share markets are also displaying signs of recovery: Taiwan up 45%, Indonesia up 35%, and Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand all showing increases of approximately 20%. In Thailand, foreign investors have once again begun to participate in the SET. Two factors which will spur growth are the experiences drawn from the 199798 Asian economic meltdown, with banks less eager to lend without firm collateral and the fact that similarly, unlike Western economies,

the Asian economies are inventory-constrained, rather than balance-sheet constrained. Asian Financial Westpac’s Senior Economist, Huw McKay, asserts “The deep financial system/ household quagmire evident in key Western jurisdictions and in emerging Europe is just not present in Asia. Indeed, the overall projections look positive; Bill Belchere, Macquarie’s Regional Economist, maintains “Financial volatility is declining and confidence is rising. Asian domestic demand looks set to rebound as well”. Malaysia and Thailand, however, are lagging behind the regional norm because of unstable and apparently rigidly divided political situations. As regards Thailand, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has stated that he is determined to bring about political reconciliation by promoting justice, democracy and political reform,

including the amendment of the constitution. PM Abhisit is apparently intent on inviting all concerned parties to discuss ways for Thailand to move out of the quagmire it has found itself in. Sommart Khunset, Deputy Secretary-General of the Federation of Thai Industries assets to restore confidence in the country, the Foreign, Commerce and Industry ministries should collaborate, post haste, through trade activities, overseas road-shows and better communications. For its part, the government must inject more money into the system to create jobs and keep business operators afloat to revive the economy, Sommart opined. Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij seems to be thinking along similar lines with the proposed Bt1.5 trillion stimulus package to fund a new three-year investment plan to revitalize the economy.

For her part, Atchaka Brimble, the Board of Investment’s Secretary-General, has said that the BoI will continue to explain to foreign investors that Thailand’s economic fundamentals remain competitive and other commentators have cited the return of foreign investors to the local stock market, lower-than-expected job losses in Japan, and the improving US economy as encouraging factors suggesting significant economic improvement. Realistically, however, the economic growth pattern of the Asia-Pacific region as a whole will continue at a slow, but gradual pace, and, whilst avoiding the financial chaos of the West, the region remains sufficiently dependent on exports to Western consumers to slow growth to a comparative crawl, but at least the signs of recovery are there and most analysts are very optimistic.

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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.”

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 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!”

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 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.

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

Now you know why Government is in the shape that it’s in!!!!!

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 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!!!”

Baseball in Heaven

Two ninety year old men, Joe and Sam, have been friends all their lives. It seems that Sam is dying, and Joe comes to visit him every day. “Sam,” says Joe, “You know how we have both loved baseball all our lives, and how we played minor league ball together for so many years. Sam, you have to do me one favor. When you get to Heaven, and I know you will go to Heaven, somehow you’ve got to let me know if there’s baseball in Heaven.” Sam looks up at Joe from his death bed, and says, “Joe, you’ve been my best friend many years. If it is at all possible, I’ll do this favor for you.” And shortly after that, Sam passes on. It is midnight a couple of nights later. Joe is sound asleep when he is awakened by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calls out to him, “Joe.... Joe....” “Who is it?” says Joe sitting up suddenly. “Who is it?” “Joe, it’s me, Sam.” “Come on. You’re not Sam. Sam just died.” “I’m telling you,” insists the voice. “It’s me, Sam!” “Sam? Is that you? Where are you?” “I’m in heaven,” says Sam, “and I’ve got to tell you, I’ve got really good news and a little bad news.” “So, tell me the good news first,” says Joe. “The good news,” says Sam “is that there is baseball in heaven. Better yet, all our old buddies who’ve gone before us are there. Better yet, we’re all young men again. Better yet, it’s always spring time and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play baseball all we want, and we never get tired!” “Really?” says Joe, “That is fantastic, wonderful beyond my wildest dreams! But, what’s the bad news?” “You’re pitching next Tuesday.”

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Does it really matter?

by Mr Pobaan I’m doing some painting at Khao Talo Towers. Walls, not landscapes. So today I embark on an apparently simple journey to buy some house-paint. In the course of this errand I am reminded of how different we humans are, one from another, in the way we assess the importance of things. Take the pronunciation of the letters L and R, for example. It’s well known that the speakers of some Asian languages have difficulty distinguishing these two sounds and, when speaking English, often get them the wrong way round. I have a Japanese friend who has this troubling condition, even with her own family name. She told me this was partly because her name, which is Mihara, used to be Mihala, until it was changed a number of years back as a result of some kind of government

decree, issued, perhaps, by a Ministry of Ls and Rs and the Pronunciation Thereof, or whatever that would be in Japanese. The Japanese can be very thorough people, who crave regulation. Speakers of Thai do not feel the need for an act of parliament before substituting an L for an R, or vice-versa. They do it with casual ease and on their own authority. For example, chaps of my acquaintance use the words krap and klap pretty much interchangeably. In fact, they often demonstrate their disdain for the sounds L and R by leaving them out altogether – resulting in the really quite casual kap. What did these poor letters do to deserve this treatment? It’s not as if they are the same, or even similar, at least not to European ears. French speakers savour la difference by rolling the R as if it were the trembling song of a twittering bird

– something I’d do too if I had the lingual dexterity for it. ‘When pronouncing an R, feel your tongue curl in your mouth,’ I patiently instruct my dear wife during one of our very occasional English lessons. She’s humouring me by pretending that she thinks the distinction I’m trying to teach her is important, whereas of course she can’t understand why I keep banging on about something so trivial. I press on: ‘While when you’re saying an L, you’ll feel the tip of your tongue playfully tap the inside of your top teeth. Let’s try it.’ ‘And relax...’ I’m beginning to sound like someone who knows about phonetics, but I’m not. You don’t need to be an expert to see that the difference between an L and an R is huge. And, for English speakers at least, it really is important. A rap dancer is not at all like a lap dancer,

as I constantly remind my beloved, musing on the occasions on which someone would not want to get these words confused. ‘Why do you insist on exhibiting such a lackadaisical attitude to L and R? They are fundamentally different sounds,’ I bleat. ‘Funda-what?’ she replies and I realise I’ve gone beyond ‘Learn English Book 1’, my teerak’s current (occasional) study text. For someone whose nickname actually begins with an L, my darling wife’s failure to see this as an important issue is hard for me to understand. Hard to understand, that is, until I receive directions from the woman who painted our house. I want to buy the same paint that she used, to touch up scuffs and so on in the future. ‘Fine,’ she says, apparently approving of my cunning strategy. ‘You need to go to the shop in Naklua where

they mixed the original paint. Well, not exactly in Naklua, but on the Naklua Road, about 2km from the Dolphin roundabout, on the right side.’ Kwaa, ka. ‘Right? Right. Thanks.’ Off we set, my wife’s eyes scanning the shopfronts on the right of the Naklua Road as I avoid crashing (or it could be clashing - it’s not important) into other traffic on the road. We get all the way to the spirit tree by Naklua market before realising we haven’t found the paint shop. We do a loop, double back and refer to the owner of a large hardware store for directions. ‘Ah, yes, I know the place you mean,’ he says helpfully. ‘It’s actually on the right from here, so from the Dolphin roundabout it’s on your left.’ Saai, krap. The lady must have confused her left and right. ‘Not to worry,’ says our new confident directiongiver. ‘There’s actually another shop nearby that’ll mix your paint. Just past the lights, turn left, drive past the wat and you can’t miss it, krap.’ We depart, quickly realising that turning left in Naklua while travelling north will deliver us smart-

ly into the sea, even if there is a road on the left past the lights, which there isn’t. However, there is a road to the right. Saai. ‘That’ll be it,’ declares the sweetness of my life. ‘What?’ I cry, ‘He said go left, but there’s only one road – to the right – so you deduce that this must be the one he meant? Is that what you’re saying?’ ‘Of course. It’s obvious,’ she confirms confidently. We find the shop in the road on the right, past the wat, and buy the paint, having driven a good three times further than we needed. ‘If only people could tell their left from their right,’ I sigh. Or their reft from their light, as I swear my beloved sometimes styles it. ‘It doesn’t really matter that much,’ the bringer of joy to my life concludes ruefully. ‘Mai pen rai, ka.’ Kuhn Pobaan’s by-the-way I appreciate readers’ comments on the weighty topics raised in the View from the Hill and have ingeniously opened kuhn. to receive the virtual sackloads of post I now expect to receive. All emails will be responded to, and the clever ones will be woven into future columns.

British Ambassador visits Father Ray Foundation

The British Ambassador to Thailand, His Excellency Mr. Quinton Quayle, paid a visit to the Father Ray Foundation on Friday the 15th of May to officiate at the opening of the Foundation’s new Welcome Center. Situated on Sukhumvit Road, the new Welcome Center will bring together the departments of the Foundation that look after visitors who wish to see for themselves the work of the Father Ray Foundation. Visitors have always been made welcome at the Father Ray Foundation as they often become the long tern supporters who ensure the Foundation carries on Father Ray’s groundbreaking work. Staffs are eager

to show new visitors the facilities and the work that is being done to improve the lives of the foundation. On arrival Ambassador Quayle was met by the President of the Father Ray Foundation Father Lawrence Patin. Also there to welcome the Ambassador and his party was newly appointed Managing Directors Suporntum Mongkolsawadi and Luksamapa Monyarid as well as members of the British Community in Pattaya, many of whom have been among the Foundation’s most active supporters. Once the official ceremony of opening the new Center was complete, Ambassador Quayle raised the

Union flag in tribute to the support and generosity the Foundation has received from the people of the United Kingdom. Since 1992, more than 600 million baht, twelve million pounds, has been raised in the United Kingdom with the London based Thai Children’s

hundred and twenty young toddlers and children with a safe and happy day-time environment. Then the Ambassador visited the Vocational School for People with Disabilities where he was given a tour of the school and met some of the Brit-

Trust working tirelessly to ensure that the children and students presently under its care can continue to live a life free from harm and to receive an education that will enable them to lead a normal life in the future. After lunch, the Ambassador and his party made the short walk to visit the children at the Father Ray Day Care Center, which since September 2008 is providing more than one

ish volunteers who are currently teaching English to the students. The Father Ray Foundation welcome Center is open every day from 8am to 5.30pm and visitors are welcome to see the work that started more than thirty-five years ago when Father Ray Brennan took care of his first child. Staff and volunteers are available to show guest around the projects.

For more information you can call 038 716 628, email

or take a look at the Foundation website www.

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A Change of Habits

Caution: May be habit forming. A familiar phrase; and everyone has habits. In this article I’m not referring to chemically addictive habits that can be detrimental like smoking, drugs or excessive drinking. Not all habits are bad as long as they are kept in perspective and unlearned when the time period for the habit has ended. For instance, the habits of saving and investing are thought of as good habits. These are among the types of intellectually learned habits we develop over the years that benefit our lives. Since you are reading the property section of Pattaya Today, chances are you acquired the saving and investing habit years ago and are now ready to reap its benefits by considering a retirement home or condo in Thailand. As you investigate purchasing real estate in the PattayaJomtien area you will notice quite a variety in price, age, location, amenities, quality, design and convenience. These are all valid considerations. In addition, you may also be estimating the property’s anticipated appreciation and investment value in the years to come. This is a normal thought process when

a person is in the saving and investment habit. However, consider the fact that at this time in your life perhaps it will be more beneficial to be investing in your Retirement Lifestyle. One of the hardest things to do in life is to break a habit. Understandably, it may not be easy for you to change if you have been saving and investing your entire life. Many people get so addicted to saving and investing they lose sight of their goal and find themselves unable to enjoy the benefits of what they were saving and investing for when their retirement arrives. Now that you have reached retirement age and are able to kick back and relax, why not shift gears and benefit from all that scrimping and saving? It is to your benefit to consider realigning your thinking to a ‘retirement mode’. This doesn’t mean you should suddenly become fiscally irresponsible, but it is also important to recognize if there is no longer a reason for you to continue to stay locked into believing everything has to be an investment, a monetary investment anyway. Now is the time to invest in your Retirement Lifestyle.

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When considering purchasing property, staying in the saving and investment habit requires you to judge the property by its future value in terms of money. Why use this line of thinking when retired? Let’s be brutally honest. How many of us will be

make more sense to shift our thinking to investing in our Retirement Lifestyle? If you are single, why purchase a huge 4 or 5 bedroom two-storey home with a lot of space you will never use because you assume it will have a larger increase in

that will bring pleasure to your Retirement Lifestyle, which is the whole reason why you saved and invested all those years. As an example, if you are an avid golfer who has painstakingly amassed substantial savings and investments, are you turning down that fantastically located property on the edge of one of Pattaya’s golf courses because in order to buy it you have no choice but to cut into your savings

around in 10, 20 or 30 years? Whatever Thai property values appreciate, few of us will be around to collect on it and none of us can take it with us. If we stop and think about why we decided to retire in Thailand, wouldn’t it

value? Why not consider buying a comfortable and manageable 1 or 2 bedroom home or condo with all the amenities for ‘the good life’ so you can truly enjoy your retirement? It is totally reasonable, logical and acceptable to purchase a residence

or cash out an investment? Why shouldn’t you? To be able to enjoy your retirement is the whole reason you saved and invested for all those years. If you have an adequate retirement income and medical coverage, what else is your money good for

other than to enjoy it? What better way to enjoy it than to live in a home or condo that truly compliments and enhances your Retirement Lifestyle? Having a huge savings and investment portfolio is not a contest. There is no prize for having a large net worth when passing on from this world. A realistic plan that provides you with the best added value in the quality of your retired life means you are investing in the most important investment of your life, your happiness. In other words, consider changing your fiscal habit and retain only enough of your savings and investments to allow you to maintain an adequate level of income and medical insurance safety net, and then consider utilizing the rest of your money in living that Retirement Lifestyle goal you set so many years ago. It is prudent for anyone hunting for a home or condo to expect proper value for their money. But at the same time, when retired people decide to purchase a property based on arbitrary predictions of what it may be worth 10, 20 or 30 years they very well may shortchange themselves. You saved and invested for retirement so now consider investing in your Retirement Lifestyle. Odds are you will be glad you did.

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Ask Andy

Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: Quick Tip Protect your kitchen and bathroom sinks by covering the areas with towels or other heavy material when repairing a faucet or doing any work where a wrench, for example, might chip the basin. The protective cloth will prevent tools from chipping and otherwise damaging the porcelain, tiles or granite. Covering the basin also keeps washers, screws and similar small parts from slipping into the drain.  Moo Flu Dear Andy: Now that the World Health Organisation has warned that the so-called “swine flu” may reach pandemic levels, striking as many as one in three people around the globe, is there anything we can do around the house to protect ourselves and our children against infection? Alyce No cases of the misnomered ‘swine flu’ [H1 N1] have been reported in Thailand as we go to press, Alyce. Nevertheless, follow the advice stressed by the WHO: wash hands with soap and warm water frequently. (Best to rub lathered hands together for at least 20 seconds, then thoroughly rinse and dry.) For additional protection, use a hand sanitiser and keep wipes handy for those times when you don’t have access to soap and water. Use common sense and follow the same protocol you would take for seasonal flu. Avoid crowds and steer clear of anyone who is ill with fever, cough, sneezing, etc. If you have those symptoms, don’t go out; get bed rest; eat a healthy diet, and protect others by covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. If symptoms persist or worsen, consult a physician. Wear gloves and a particulate mask if you are especially vulnerable or anxious.  Pattaya Unplugged Dear Andy, I live in Rungland Village and recently lost the picture on both my TVs (which effectively ruined them) during an electrical storm. Could you advise me of precautions I can take so this wont happen again. Chris Stokes

I am sorry to learn of your misfortune, Chris, but your question comes at a good time, inasmuch as we are at the beginning of Pattaya’s rainy season. Like you, many of us here have learned the lessons of electrical storms the hard way. TVs, computers, sound systems, land-line and mobile phones, and a variety of electrical appliances have perished during thunder and lightening storms. To avoid such needless losses, there is a simple solution: disconnect everything. Unplug all electrical and telephone cords as well as the TV cable, computer modem, etc. And do not use any phones. All such devices are designed to carry electricity; they act as conduits. When the next storm strikes, instead of sitting in front of your TV or computer, revert to reading a good book...or the latest issue of Pattaya Today.  Clear the Air We’re thinking of buying an air cleaner, Andy, and would like your thoughts on the topic. There are so many models available in stores around Pattaya that we are confused. Please clear the air on purifiers: what do they Do? What should we look for? Should we buy one? Thanks. Domenic To buy or not to buy is your decision, Domenic. Consider: Is the air in your home particularly dusty, smelly or polluted in any way? Do you live with allergies, pets, or--even worse-a smoker? If so, it may be a good idea to get an air cleaner or purifier. They can filter the atmosphere in your home by removing particles such as dust, pet allergens, odors and smoke. As you point out, there are many on the market with various filtration stages and features, so prices vary considerably. You might consider a portable air cleaner, which can be moved from room to room and even taken on holiday if compact enough. Or you might opt for a wholehome system. Before buying, measure your room’s dimensions and choose a unit that is rated efficient for that space. If you do not buy a popular brand,

be reminded that it may be difficult to find replacement filters. Speaking of which, check the cost of filters in advance. You might find any initial savings on the purchase price of the purifier is sacrificed in the long run on the high cost of filters.  Wax and Wayne As our large condo building in South Pattaya continues to age and further deteriorate, power failures seem to be on the rise. Consequently, I’m often forced to resort to wax candles for light. That solved the problem of lighting. Now I’ve got the problem of how to remove candle wax from my upholstery. Can you shed any light on the subject? Wayne The most effective solution, Wayne, involves using a brown paper bag and hot iron. But paper bags seem to have gone the way of the dial telephone; the world has ‘advanced’ into the plastic age. So, if no brown paper is handy, place a sheet of plane white paper or even newspaper over the drippings, then heat the spot with the hot iron. The paper will absorb the wax. This also works on clothing, fabrics, and carpets. Note, however, that if you are dealing with colored wax there’s a chance of it staining the fabric. In that

case, go cold instead of hot. Use an ice cube or ice pack to freeze the wax. When it’s brittle, break it apart and remove or vacuum the pieces of wax. Use a non-serrated knife or old credit card to scrape off any excess wax.  Tennish Racket I have an air conditioner question for you, Andy. What is causing my exterior

condenser to make a loud, hollow noise every time it kicks in? The racket usually settles down in about 10 seconds or so, after which the noise is not as noticeable. I think it’s coming from the compressor. It Is this a sign that the refrigerant needs to be replenished? Mike The noise probably has

no relationship to coolant levels, Mike. More likely it is just the compressor building pressure. Some happen to make sounds like that and some don’t. If it otherwise seems to be cooling okay, mai pen rai; leave it alone. Just change filters once a year and wash out the outdoor unit fins occasionally. --Handy Andy

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Golf report from the Bunker Golf from the Cafe Kronborg by Mick Ramshaw Greenwood Geoff Parker got back into the winning groove playing a Stableford round at Greenwood today. Geoff won the A Flight with 37 points and a count back was used to determine the runner up spot, Paul Smith having a better back nine than John McDonald to take the honours. The cut was set at handicap 16 again and the winner of the B Flight was more clear cut, Jim Wooler winning with 40 points a full seven points ahead of second placed Graeme Preston who was well pleased with his first

round back in Thailand for some time, Geoff Hart took third place beating Alex Kilcoyne on a count back. Results: A Flight: 1st Geoff Parker (hcp 16) 37 points 2nd Paul Smith (hcp 5) 36 points 3rd John McDonald (hcp 10) 36 points B Flight: 1st Jim Wooler (hcp 23) 40 points

2nd Graeme Preston (hcp 25) 33 points 3rd Geoff Hart (hcp 21) 32 points Near pin winners - Only three greens were hit Alan Sullivan hitting two of them and Tony Berry getting the other.

Emerald There were some pretty average scores at Emerald where only Geoff Hart had anything to write home about. The cut was handicap 16 and Geoff won the B Flight with a one under par round, Eddie Martin was the nearest to Geoff and he was six shots back and Ken Davidson came third

a further four shots behind. Burnley lad Geoff Williams won the A Flight in his last game before returning to the UK a nett 76 being enough to take the kitty. Mashi was a shot behind in second place and Bob Gaskin came in third with a nett 81. Results: A Flight: 1st Geoff Williams (hcp 16) nett 76 2nd Mashi Kaneta (hcp 10) nett 77

3rd Bob Gaskin (hcp 12) nett 80 B Flight: 1st Geoff Hart (hcp 21) nett 71 2nd Eddie Martin hcp 18) nett 77 3rd Ken Davidson (hcp 22) nett 81 Near pin winners - Bob Gaskin, Geoff Williams and Dave Keats won two.

Eastern Star The Bunker Boy’s haven’t played at Eastern Star for a while and when we go on to the greens we remembered why! The fairways were in good condition but the greens were pretty poor to say the least but we persevered anyway. The cut was handicap 14 today which put John King in the B Flight for a change and he gladly took advantage of it by winning with 34 points. Ken Davidson was runner up yet again and Geoff Parker came in third place. Tony Berry won the A Flight by a few pointsahead of Stuart Tinkler who was closely followed in third place by William Macey. Results: A Flight: 1st Tony Berry (hcp 9) 35 points 2nd Stuart Tinkler (hcp 12) 32 points 3rd William Macey (hcp 16) 31 points B Flight: 1st John King (hcp 16) 33 points 2nd Ken Davidson hcp 22) 31 points 3rd Geoff Parker (hcp 16) 30 points Near pin winners - Tony Robbins, Tony Berry, Ken Davidson and Mashi.

Wednesday Quiz League

Next week’s matches June 3rd: Derbyshire vs. Rising Sun, Londoner vs. Bunker, Nervous Wreck vs. Cheers, OK Corral vs. Bowling Green, Palmers vs. Shagwell, Stag’s Head vs. Boxing Roo.

by Derek Brook

Pleasant Valley ( Stableford) The Pleasant Valley Country Club was the Host for a Stableford Event in one Flight. The Course on the day was wet but playable even though we had several heavy downpours during the round. Tony Leece took first with 34 points ahead of Monte Sykes in second with 32 points with Per Olaf Baarli in third with 31 points and a name from the past Gordon Cockerell in fourth with 29 points. Phoenix ( Stroke - Monthly Mug) This Months Monthly Mug seems to have come around really quick, but then it usually does as life flashes before our eyes. On this day we had a reasonable turn out considering the fact that the City appears to be nearly empty. So down to Phoenix where we were told we were to play the Ocean and Mountain in that order. We actually got out pretty much on time, with only a short

Dave Richardson presents to Marie Rowles wait as players were clear- a chance and so it proved. ing Mountain Nine and The winner of the Flight were starting their second was Walter Baechli with a Nine. The weather was hot net 72 ahead of a countback and humid and those who on net 73 that saw Derek walked were perspiring Brook in second and Monte greatly, it was even hot for Sykes in third. In fourth was we who watched them and John Hemmingsen with a net sat in carts. I felt quite sorry 75 and in fifth was Per Olaf for them. However the wind Baarli with a net 77. did get really strong at times The winner of the Mug and that promised a day of was Marie Rowles with a net 70 and she was the first relatively high scores. Back at The Cafe Kronborg Lady we have had win for it was obvious that a score some time. Well done Marie. below net par would have T.T.F.N.

Week 4 : AFT 6th Pattaya Commercial League

by Erwin James Millan

and the steady play of all around veteran forward #

1st Game Results: The deadly Pistol team bounce back from a shocking defeat to the Davao Gwapings last week (May 10, 2009) by playing heads up basketball to defeat the unmatch Wheelers team 80-52 in last Sunday game. Pistols pounded and pulverized the smaller sized Wheeler team from the start of the game by leading at 39-26 at the end of the first half . The Pistols run and gun play on the 3rd period balloon their lead to 25 pts. with the hot hands of Pistol Trio in Jay-Jomarand-Tom. The small sized Wheeler team never came closer as they can not match the run and gun style of the Pistol team. Top scorer for the Wheeler team is headed by their spiritual point guard Glenn Santiago. Wheelers absorbed its 3rd defeat in as many games. Jomar top scored for Pistols team and moved his team to the top of the team standings with a 2-1 card.

17 Henry. The Tigers jump to an early lead in the 1st quarter 10-2 and almost control the tempo of the game with the Tiger Trio (#6 K. Prapas, #8 Big-Thai, #17 Henry) playing smart basketball that end the half at 34-28. The Davao Gwaping could not match an equal bigger Tigers as well as could not find its mark and almost play catch up basketball up to the 3rd quarter until it’s gunners #20 Ewee and #12 American “Solid” West find its shooting touch to get the upperhand and their 1st taste of the lead 46-45. At the ensuing 4th quarter, the Tigers came strong with #6 K. Prapas, # 54 Em, and #17 Henry joined hands to baloon their lead to 63-50 in a span of 4 minutes. The Sriracha Tigers almost smell victory on their hand and relax on defense that gives the Davao Gwapings a last ditch rally on 3-succes-

2nd Game Results: The roaring and fierced Sriracha Tigers upset the Davao Gwapings 74-72 in a down-to-the wire finished at the closing seconds of the 4th period. The Tigers lean on the clutch play of #6 “The Mighty Mouse” K. Prapas

sive triples from #20 Ewee that closed the gap to 63-59. Then the 2 teams traded baskets until the Davao Gwapings closed in at 67-68 in less than a minute left. In a crucial ball possesion to Sriracha Tigers, #5 Jonald was called for a foul on the ensuing play against #6 K. Prapas as they battle for positioning. There was a commotion happen in the crucial seconds of play as #5 Jonald was later penalized for unsportsmanlike that cost the Davao team a 4-straight free throws awarded to the Tigers plus ball possession. It was a sorry effort from the Davao Gwapings as they rally to come closed with the hot hands of #20 Ewee down the stretch but came short to surpass the determine and hungrier Tiger team. The Tigers dealt the Davao Gwapings its 1st defeat of the season. The Tigers improved to 2-2 at the team standings to end their 1st round elim games while Davao share with Pistols, Pattaya All-star on top of the standings at 2-1.


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The PSC 87th monthly tournament at Pattana

by Derek Brook

The year rolls on, and this was really due to be the last Monthly Tournament before the Annual A.G.M. when either the Golf Chairman will be re-elected of we will be subjected to a new style. However for the uninformed Perry has slipped another Monthly in next month before the A.G.M. and this will be on a Tuesday. This will give the incoming, or re-elected, Golf Chairman a breathing space before the trials and tribulations of the July Monthly Tournament. This being the Monthly Tournament that at present is usually the least supported over the years, being in the Low Season, we were especially pleased to see a reasonably good turnout, that despite the financial downturn, was above that of recent years. Players really do like the way the Monthly Tournaments have been dealt with this year, and that is understandable. This has developed into a really great day out at a really fine price. A great year Mr. Golf Chairman and his many helpers but particularly Max, Mike, Tony and Derek. Well done all. This weeks Tournament that in the past has usually been the last of the ‘PSC Year’ but is now as above, was to be held at Pattana, with a great rate negotiated by Perry, and when we got there we discovered it was to be the B & C nines and off the White Tees. With a strong wind and a Course of some 6,800 yards, this promised to be a bit of a monster, and so it proved. The B Nine starts with the drive into the wind on a long par 4 with water left and right. As I am sure many other fourballs three of ours put the ball in the water, whilst the ‘Scratch’ golfer in our midst got under the ball and hit it high in the air, straight down the middle but only 240 yards or so. He was most disappointed. The rest of us played three for our next shot, whilst he put it around the green. It is interesting to

Winner A Flight

see how different levels of players look at situations, and quite disillusioning to we mere mortals. The two nines were quite a bit different in one respect, the greens. The greens on the B Nine were fine and fast, whilst the greens on the C Nine were well if you could stroke your put between the holes that had not yet ‘healed’. Sounds like a living person, well some seem to think a green is alive, vicious, and nasty. Others that they are their friends, there are ‘Nothing so queer as folks’ unless it is Golfers. We got around in a quite good 4 hours or slightly over, and the only exciting thing to happen was that Tom saw a bird, flying type, that he had not seen before, and some golfer who found it difficult to hit the ball straight landed his tee shot on the top of my cart with the Caddy stood on the back. She was quite good about it really when she came around and the golfer did apologise. I as you can understand was not happy. Be careful on the Golf Course or get insurance.

Winner B Flight presented by the Emcee, yes it is Perry

The facilities at Pattana are really magnificent and whilst many Courses are well endowed with fine Clubhouses, this has to be the best Great changing rooms, superb dining room, prices that are second to none, and a view that is breathtaking. World class. Playing a little early it gave time for us all to get back to Pattaya and have a break for a few hours. Always nice to rest you eyes before you embark upon a night out, and that is what essentially this night develops into, with a meeting at the presentation Restaurant, on this occasion The Moore Bar, the see what happens and have a few cold one’s. When I arrived the night was well underway and the clang of cutlery on plates was to be heard all over. The food on this night was really first

Golf from the Caddyshack

Monday 18th May: Today The Caddyshack travelled to the very lovely course of Crystal Bay, with dark rain clouds and a few claps of thunder around them it was touch and go on finishing, Les Hall was fortunate to be in one of the front groups and posted 32 points and was leader in the clubhouse, then the heavens opened up and the rain fell in buckets, within minutes the course was under water, the last group

playing were unable to finish their round so could only post a score with 17 holes, so that left Les Hall dry in the clubhouse in 1st place with 32 points, in 2nd place soaked to the skin were Ted Gardner with 31 points and in the same boat was Roger Moore with 30 points. Wednesday 20th May: Today was another trip up north to Greenwood golf course, again the weather looked like it was going to ruin the

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Three Sisters Golf

by Paul Donahue

Winner A Flight class and all the players, and for some families, tucked in and were fed for the week. It was some time later that the Emcee, Mike Gerrard, called the ‘Listen in’ call and we were welcomed by the Golf Chairman Perry McNeely. Perry thanked all his Sponsors, particularly on this night Pattana Golf Club and Mooores Bar, and all his other Sponsors of whom there are many. I must mention the following as Sponsors, Shenanigans Jameson’s, Green Bottle, Trattoria Italian, Blue Parrot, Moon River, Tequila Reef, Pattaya City Golf, and all The Local Papers, particularly on this night Pattaya People in the guise of Mark Brenton. The Emcee then declared the results A Flight 0 to 14 Best Net 1st Alan Beck Gross 81 Net 69 2nd Bengt Borg Gross 86 Net 73 3rd Damien Trent Gross 86 Net 75 B Flight 15 to 19 Best Net 1st Perry McNeely Gross 85 Net 70 2nd Kevin Hamilton Gross 91 Net 71 3rd Ken Hole Gross 86 Net 73 C Flight 20 to 36 Stableford 1st Sukhi Gill Gross 89 Points 41 2nd William Chang Gross 91 Points 39 3rd John Deardon Gross 93 Points 37 Presentation over the Emcee went ahead with the ‘Lucky Draw’ where nearly all were ‘Lucky’. T.T.F.N. Technicals Near Pin Mike Phillips Bengt Borg (3) Peter Blackburn P.S. Basi Bryan Rough Dick Warberg Arne Dahlin Dave Richardson Phil Dwyer Perry McNeely (2) Long Drive Jeff Wylie Gary Saunders Frank Pilkington 2’s Ronald Edwards Bryan Rough Helmut Hebstreit Derek Brook Peter Blackburn P.S. Basi Bengt Borg day, but unlike Monday it never closed in so a dry day was had by all golfers, some good scores were recorded today with Roger Moore finishing in 3rd place with a very creditable 38 points, in 2nd place with also 38 points but a better back nine was Ramsay Smith, but the honours of the day have to go to Helmut Hebstrett with a remarkable 42 points, this goes down as a personal best for Helmut as its the 1st time he has broken 80 gross, so well done for a great achievement.

The clouds floating around the Pattaya Country Club did not get together for rain. The groups had great weather to play in with the clouds and slight breeze. Last week, the 12th of May, your erstwhile photographer was “rained out”. While a few die hards played I was not one of them. Today, the19th of May a larger group ventured forth. Michael Fischer jointed today’s group and rumor has it he kemoyed the cute caddy belonging to Paul Donahue who was out due to illness. Won’t happen next week Mike. Richard Hall was last week’s winner with a 33, but no photo was taken. Arnold Van Der Graaf was last week’s

Arnold Van Der Graaf on the left with Dale Murphy on the right 2nd place winner with a 32 baked Meat Loaf that was as well as this week’s winner enjoyed by all, along with a with a 38. Dale Murphy came beverage or two. Next week in second this week with a 36. will be the end of the month The group retired to Caddy trophy play where the winner Shack II where Herbie Ishini- gets his name engraved on age had provided some home the trophy.

Fairways golf range review

by Dean Hurdles

Anybody that has played golf in Pattaya knows that the courses here are some of the best in the world. They are professionally run, well managed and well maintained establishments. One comment I often hear when out talking to other golfers is the poor condition of the golf practice facilities in Pattaya, they do not really live up to the quality of the courses to be found here

with chipping areas surrounding the green. As I parked up in their 45 bay car park I noticed the rooms around the facility. I met up with Gavin and Shane, the new owners of the range who showed me around. They were quick to point out the new purchases they had made including new balls, new mats, new netting and bay dividers to name just a few. The aim of the facility is to provide a convenient location where all golfers needs can be met away

Well this month I visited the newly renovated, Fairways Golf Range and Resort (formally Pride/Paradise Golf Range) and I have a strong feeling that is all about to change. The range has a 25 Bay floodlit driving area, practice bunkers, chipping areas and putting green, and is all located in a prime central spot at the top of Central Pattaya Road. I visited the range on a Wednesday evening at around 6 o’clock, and my first thoughts were the size of the place. I hadn’t been to this particular range for a number of years and had forgotten how big it was. As you drive in you have large putting area on the left,

from the golf course. As we walked around I discovered new additions to the facility. At the far right side of the range the guys have installed a golf simulator, where customers can play golf on many of the worlds top golf courses including St Andrews. The simulator is provided by John Ryves, a PGA professional golfer from America who will be available to offer golf lessons. The simulator can also be used to offer professional video golf lessons too where you can match your swing against the likes of Tiger Woods. The clubhouse bar and restaurant was next on route, this is presently a working

process and is not complete just yet. Gavin told me it should be complete by the end of June and told me that a weekly golf society will be run from the bar. We made our way over to the rooms which line the perimeter of the short game area of the facility. There are 20 rooms available for short and long term letting. Rates are 650 baht daily, 3400 baht weekly and 8500 baht monthly. Each room has cable TV, fridge, hot showers and air con. All residents and golfers also have use of the communal swimming pool. At the end of a long line of rooms I discovered the pro shop. Inside stood Mr. Scott (Chakaj Warunaprabha) a PGA professional from Thailand. Mr Scott has been a PGA in the local area for the last 6 years and is currently working on establishing a golf academy at the range for elite junior golfers. Mr Scott already has 14 very talented young golfers who he teaches on a daily basis. The shop has all the latest golf equipment stocked including woods, irons, wedges, putters, balls and lots, lots more. Golf equipment repairs are also available on site. All in all this facility is a welcome addition to the great golf courses to be found in and around Pattaya. For more information on anything from golf lessons to club hire, feel free to call Gavin or Shane at Fairways Golf Range & Resort on 038 413636 or check out their web-site at www.

“JUNE” 2009 Golfing Schedule for the TRGG

(Please note that this list is provisional and is always subject to alteration) Monday Thursday Monday Thursday Monday

1st 4th 8th 11th 15th

Bangpra Phoenix Pattana Phoenix Bangpra

Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday

2nd 6th 9th 13th 16th

Laem Chabang Green Valley Treasure Hill Green Valley Laem Chabang

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Golf from the Travellers Rest Mickey Mouse Friday Night

by Barry Hooper

Regulars Make It Their Week Over my last few reports I have been stressing regularly on how it was “new faces” to the TRGG that had been taking the spoils. Well not so this week. All the event’s went to what I call the “regulars” those who play with us week in and week out. The winners were the boss himself Fergus Brennan on Monday at Bangpra, Jim Sykes Tuesday at Khao Kheow, Frank Kelly Thursday at Phoenix and Ted Senior at Green Valley on Saturday. All with them with scores in the thirties. Well Done. On Monday the 18th we had a small but quality following. Again all of them were regulars their being a distinct shortage of new faces. The boss Fergus had invested in a new three wood just a couple of weeks ago and that is obviously now paying off. He came home with a quality thirty-nine pointer to take the day followed in by Jim Sykes and Ted Senior. (please remember those two names) The twos went to Fergus and Roger Wilkinson On Tuesday the 19th it was off to Khao Kheow This course is true quality and always a pleasure to play. Fergus however struggled on this occasion thus allowing Jim Sykes with a great thirty-six and Ted Senior thirty-one to move up the ladder to take the first and second places. David Gray was third at thirty. The two’s were shared by Jim Sykes and Eddie Townsend (yes the big man

is back in town) Thursday 21st of April Yet another of our regular outings to Phoenix (Mountain and Ocean) This time the weather behaved itself and we had a good turnout. But it was close at the top with just a single point taking it. Frank Kelly at thirty-five just pipped John Gouge at thirty-four with Mod Chaviraksa taking the third spot at thirty-two but only after a count back over Ted Senior. I seem to be writing his name a lot this week. Saturday the 23rd was a trip to our regular weekend

ample and it was only finally decided after count back with Ted edging it by 19 to 18 on the back nine. Frank Kelly however could not match his form from Thursday and slipped back to third this time at thirty-six. The two’s was split three ways by Fergus Brennan at the second, Alan Evans at the twelfth and Frank Kelly the sixteenth. Detailed Results for the week – Monday18th May at Bangpra Fergus Brennan 39 hc 10 Jim Sykes hc 10 Ted Senior 35 hc 16 Alan Evans 31 hc 25

Three of this week’s Winners – Frank Kelly, Ted Senior and Fergus Brennan (Sorry could not find Jim Sykes)

venue of Green Valley. The weather behaved again thank goodness and although the numbers again were a little depleted to the norm some tight play was found with a tit for tat fight taking place all the way round the course between Fergus Brennan and Ted Senior (yes them again) who were found in the same group. As is often the case players can find themselves pulled to produce their best game when they are found in a shot for shot scenario. This was just such an ex-

Tuesday 19th at Khao Kheow C & A Jim Sykes 36 hc 10 Ted Senior 31 hc 16 David Gray 30 hc 32 Eddie Towsend 26 hc 14 Thursday 21st at Phoenix (mountain and ocean) Frank Kelly 35 hc 13 John Goudge 34 hc 06 Mod Chaviraksa 32 hc 10 c/b Ted Senior 32 hc 16 c/b Saturday 23rd May at Green Valley Ted Senior 38 hc 16 c/b Fergus Brennan 38 hc 09 c/b Frank Kelly 36 hc 13 Mod Chaviraksa 30 hc 10

Golf from Tropical Bert’s

by Thomas Cotton

The usual rabble, augmented by a few defectors from Cafe Kronborg, assembled at Bert’s Tuesday morning to prepare for their assault on Crystal Bay. After we arrived at the course there was considerable discontent regarding the unavailability of carts due to the wet fairways. But our doughty golf Chairman, Perry McNeely, fixed that for the few players who struggle with walking, including himself, and we were off. That is, except for that very fine Irish artefact, Kevin Dinan, who had emerged from hibernation but had missed the u-turn on Sukhumvit Road for the course and was halfway to Bangkok. So our Captain had to give Kevin redirections and then rearrange the groupings enabling Kevin to join the last one.

Finally, Kevin and Stan were able to share a cart, but the cart was balking at the considerable load and there were fears that if the cart left the path that there would be deep track marks which would damage the

their expectations, except for our correspondent, who was in a semi-pickled state from a heavy dinner replete with Argentine wines consumed at More Bar the night before and whose mind was not really on golf at all. But sometimes luck is better than skill and this day seemed to be frowning on the talent. The course appeared to dry out as the day progressed and some of the scores improved. By then, the word bandit was being tossed around, Mashi Kenata, Frank Pilkington, TC fairways. But we were but as we all know, bandit very happy that our invalids is just a synonym for wincould finally join the fray, ner. Well, the rabble is full even at the risk of tearing of bandits, but they change up the course. from week-to-week, as do Now, as one may glean their victims. from the little hints, the fairWinners: ways were a little damp and TC 36 pts the greens were a mite bumpy. Frank Pilkington 33 pts This was going to give the Mashi Kenata 32 pts edge to the course over the Near Pins: TC (2), Derek golfers, who geared-down Brook, Peter Whitehead

Dart League results table

The Persuaders led the Posse in a cavalry charge against Cheers. Stan’s Boys & Girls broke with tradition and even though Stan won his singles match (a sure sign of impending doom), Cheers went on to take the game. The Posse filled up the spittoon and took the beer. Palmers Crew explored the depths of Mee Chew bar and found the ocky. They then became a little claustrophobic, and a bit worried by the scary faces of Melly’s crew, resulting in Mee Chew taking both game & beer. Stars visited the Blue Mountain and found themselves outnumbered by the Coffee Shop Quartet. Money changed hands and players changed sides. BM took the game and Stars took the beer, however it was Lek (BM) who checked out the beer for Stars. I bet they won’t give her away again! The Helicopter commanded by Speedy Gondolez led the assault against Team Lucky Time. At the break both teams were on the same game wins. The beer leg saw point for point scoring with both teams reaching a finish, Lucky Time managing to check out first. This win keeping Lucky Time at the top of the table. In a similar game the Rising Sun were hosted by the Bunker, where Capt’ Mick had a cunning plan! He had hired a couple of Go-Go girls to dance on top of the customized golf buggy in the hope of putting the Sunshine Boys off their game. However, the girls never showed up, and even though Plymouth Geoff tried his best it wasn’t the same. There again maybe it did help as both the honors rested on the beer. Graeme (B) scored a 180, and to celebrate he checked out the beer for the Bunker Boys. The St Johns Ambulance took Steve away on a stretcher, the remainder of the Sunshine Boys leaving on foot and shaking their collective heads. We are now half way through the season with it still all to play for. DARTS.

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re we living in the end times? I’ve always wanted to find a reason to ask this quasi-religious question, a favourite of the Armageddon merchants from the US Bible belt whose names begin with Oral, TammyFay, and Garner Ted. Don’t worry, I haven’t suddenly seen a light at the end of a tunnel or had Saint Onan of the Right Hand appear to me in a dream. Nor have I taken up self-flagellation, hair shirts, and started penning pamphlets suggesting we should all repent for our sins. It’s just the past few weeks in particular have seen a number of chrome pole establishments close their doors, a few others have hung out the ‘for sale’ sign, and still others are rumoured to be in dire financial straits. Pattaya nightlife is suffering and there are some doomsday prophets predicting its imminent demise. Personally I think they’re wrong, but there’s no doubt this low season is already baring its financial fangs. Dealing with the allegedly financially insolvent first, I don’t take much notice of the rumour mill in Fun Town because in about 90 percent of cases it is usually wider than a ‘before’ picture in a weight-watchers commercial. So, rather than be wrong nine times out of 10, I prefer to wait until the shutters come down on a place before making any comment. If the rumour mill is correct, there is a trio of quite prominent dens in real trouble, but all will no doubt become clearer in coming weeks. As far as dens for sale are concerned, this does not necessarily mean they are doing poorly. Sometimes it’s partnership difficulties, or bore-

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dom with having to prop up the same barstool night after night, or frustration at dealing with employees, or the constant ducking and diving from trying to remain within the law. As with 2008, there have been more closures than openings in the ogling den parade in the first part of 2009. As at writing this piece the Loma (Naklua), Wet N Wild (South Pattaya), and Black and White (Walking Street) chrome pole joints have joined Ice (Soi LK Metro), Popcorn (Pattayaland Soi 2), Sakura Club 69 (Soi 15), Spicy Girls (Soi Post Office), and Utopia (Soho Square, Walking Street) dens as having pulled down the shutters. Conversely, down in Soi 6 the Mandarin Club has re-opened after a five-month hiatus and Coyotee’s (Soi Marina Plaza, off Walking Street) managed to kick back into life after alleged trouble with staff and a run-in with the local plod. I’m told one of the former mamasans from Coyotee’s has transferred her girl corralling skills to the Byblos ogling den (Soi Diamond), taking a number of her favourites with her. More of Coyotee’s later. Of course, it’s not all Sturm und Drang. Most of the really well run dens are holding up admirably with plenty of attractive dancing damsels to entice punters through the portals. I’m probably starting to sound like an old record, but let’s take joints such as the advertisers on this page, namely, Club Oasis (Soi Buakhow) and Windmill Club (Soi Diamond). They are run in completely different fashion, yet both rarely suffer a slow night in terms of bums on seats.

Oasis opens for business at 5:00PM and runs a strong happy hour until 9:00PM. It is certainly busy early in the evening, and I’ve been in at different times a little later and it’s been even busier. Windmill is much the same: busy early and late with the occasional slow hour or two. During high season I knew of people who wouldn’t even try to get into Windmill because they could never get a seat, “a victim of its own success,” said one Pattaya regular. Heaven Above (Soi Diamond) is another shining light with some of the best-looking damsels of any den in town for those who like the waif look: tight buttocks and a nonexistent waistline. They have a strong happy hour and a loyal customer base, even if the music still sounds like it came from the bargain basement bin at the Tone Deaf Music Store. And the beat (read: scam) goes on: After a much-publicised and public closure, the Coyotee’s ogling den in Soi Marina Plaza re-opened its doors on Tuesday night 19 May, with a new line-up. I wandered in a couple of nights later and noticed the dancing damsels and ‘manager’ came from the now-defunct Black and White (Soi 16) and the allegedly soon-to-be-defunct X-Zone (upstairs in the Covent Garden Complex in Soi 16). According to the ex-manager, she claims XZone will be closed come the end of May. The music was an aural assault and the dancing crew a dreadful lot. To be fair to the Coyotee’s management, it’s hard to close down a den, sack all the staff, and then recruit a new brace worthy of filling a joint in just a couple of weeks. One of the publicly stated reasons for the closure was the alleged scamming of customers and the skimming of profits by many of the staff. Well, I can tell them now, the scams just keep coming. The new all night set of drinks prices has draught amber at 60 baht with lolly water, bottled amber, and house liver wasters at 90 baht. My friend ordered a Johnny Red and soda; they didn’t have it, but came back with a Black soda (140 baht). I ordered a standard vodka and soda. My bill came to a similar 140 baht. When I ques-

tioned the serving wench, in Thai, and pointed to the very prominently displayed drinks price list pasted up around the den, she uttered that classic line: “I no speak English.” What this clearly meant was, ‘just pay up and stop preventing the cashier and myself from ripping you off.’ I stood my ground and eventually another waitress was deputised to accept the correct payment and lay the blame for the over-priced libation at the feet of the cashier. Unless Coyotee’s overcomes this apparently entrenched scam culture and recruit a gaggle of better-quality chrome pole huggers then I think it’s facing a bleak future. Blow me, with bubbles: The winner of this month’s hidden treasure award is the BJ Club den of the chrome pole, and the stock-standard Jacuzzi, down in Soi BJ, off Walking Street. The den is the third business incarnation on the same premises, and it looks as if the old adage of ‘third time lucky’ might just ring true on this occasion. After kicking off as a Mexican restaurant, and a very good one I have to say, before the fajitas fell off, it was then turned into a coyote dance joint cum late-night boogie barn, and failed miserably. I guess the last roll of the dice was to try something completely new, but obviously no bright lights were forthcoming so the management reverted to the tried and tested idea of opening as a den of the chrome pole. This was in November last year and since then it has managed to not only stay afloat but gather together a pretty decent crop of chrome pole molesters. They are a friendly bunch in the main, although you do get the usual waitress ‘buy dlink for lady’ hassle. The happy hour draught amber fluid at 39 baht must be the cheapest in town, but I would think the owners make up for this by the number of libations bought for the damsels. After all, most rational thinking punters coughing up less than 40 baht for a drink are going to consider their overall bill as fairly standard when a lady drink is included. When the DJ played that great 1990s dance hit ‘Mr Vain’, along with a few other classics of the period,

I for one became a BJ convert. Well worth a visit. Note: While the name of the soi is BJ, as most longtime Pattayaholics will be aware, it doesn’t refer to the acronym for a tumescent male member and a damsel practicing organ grinding with her mouth. Instead, the name derives from a beer boozer that used to be on the soi sometime between the last Ice Age and the presidency of Richard Nixon that was owned and operated by a very personable American known simply as BJ. No appointment really necessary: ‘Two girls for every guy’ was, if memory serves me correctly, a line from the 1960s Jan and Dean hit single ‘Surf City’, and never was a phrase more appropriate than when used

in connection with the now defunct Hell Club (Soi LK Metro). The joint was very publicly raided by the peelers a couple of months back and closed down. It has now re-opened, but under a new name: the Devil’s Den. Supposedly, business will only be conducted by way of appointment via their website but I’m reliably informed by a Fun Town expat with plenty of money and too much free time on his hands that it is still possible to walk through the doors unannounced with the aim of destroying an hour and a half of your life pretending to be an amateur speleologist (think: caves). Piece of Pith: The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.


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Pattaya Today’ s Brainy Fortnightly Crossword


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by Mr Mick



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(5) 1. STOAT



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(4) 15. CAND IDATE



(3) 17. MESS ABOUT









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2 5 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:

Best of poor choices You look at your usual motley collection of just eight points: ♠ 10 8 7 6, ♥ A H 6 3 2, ♦ 6 3, ♣ Q 7. As usual, as the dealer, you have to pass. But you are delighted when your partner, against silent opposition, starts the ball rolling with a bid of one diamond. Obvi-

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

ously, your natural response is one heart to which partner replies with two clubs. So where do you go from there? Some people in your shoes might be tempted to rebid hearts, so two hearts would be the upshot. But such a bid might suggest your hearts are rather better than they are – a raggy suit headed by a couple of honours. Another possibil-

1. Black Wit 2. Scatter Storm 3. Peep Jumping 4. Show Hook 5. China House 6. After Fully 7. Air Craft 8. Break Lace 9. Don Stone 10.Grape Cake


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Answers ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... show his minor card holding is 5 – 4 almost certainly. At least you will have a playable part score in two diamonds and you can’t be accused of overbidding or giving a misleading impression of the hand. If your partner happens to have an unexpectedly good hand, say 17 high card points with a stopper in spades, he just might want to risk three no trumps. But that’s up to him or her.

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Le Saigon Bayview Restaurant

A dramatic sky high venue by Mick and Di The Food Lovers It was 2004 when Mick and I first reviewed this dual-themed restaurant spectacularly located on the 23rd floor of Pattaya Hill Resort. We have visited many times since to enjoy their Vietnamese and European cuisines especially when showing visitors the jaw-dropping cadmium sunsets or the dazzling night sky panorama. It is owned and managed by Khang Do and his delightful wife Amy and is the flag ship for their bevy of eateries in the district. The interior design is an elegant blend of Vietnamese and French colonial providing a sophisticated ambiance whilst the wrap-around terrace affords a more casual setting for wining and dining under the stars. Their lavish 4-course B.495 menu is always good value but if you choose to eat from the Vietnamese menu probably the best introduction would be to plump for the assorted starter platter. This will provide a taste of crab balls, fried shrimp and pork rolls together with the crispiest spring rolls served with rice and vermicelli. Salt and pepper soft shelled crabs, frogs legs ‘Saigonaise’, and the famous rice noodle chicken soup called pho gai would also provide a delicious and appetizing hors d’oeuve. The house special cha cha Hanoi (white fish steaks baked with perfumed herbs and onions) or the beef fillet flash fried and served in a lemon sauce would both be excellent options for your foray into this interesting

south-east Asian cuisine. Mick and I have enjoyed many an evening here with friends sharing the Vietnamese dishes but on this occasion decided to sample the menu from the western world. A generous, complimentary mixed salad is a pleasing palate livener to begin the proceedings. Amongst the starters, New Zealand mussels in café de Paris sauce (B. 195) are popular as are the garlicky snails, the smoked duck breast and the special shrimp cocktail in their house sauce (B.195). I was tempted by the mozzarella and tomato salad but in the end we both couldn’t resist ordering the baked scallops Saigonaise. These juicy, plump fruits of the sea were delicious and a definite “must-try” for all scallop lovers.

I had been recommended to order the lobster thermidor as it had been given a 5-star rave rating from a friend. Allow a 30 minute respite for this most luxurious of dishes but then you will be rewarded with a

delectable creamy fusion packed with luscious sweet lobster meat and mushrooms. Praise to the chef for the preparation of this king of gourmet shell fish. Mick chose the fish fillet

belle meuniere served with tarragon sauce, spinach and vegetables. The snapper had been lightly cooked and married well with the herby emulsion. There are other fish options such as those colossal Alaskan king crab legs, baked shell fish in puff pastry, grilled salmon or tiger prawns in the restaurants’ signature sauce. For meat fans the house speciality of steak Le Saigon combines a thick cut of tender beef filet wrapped in bacon and accompanied by a mushroom and pepper sauce. I must say the portions are sizeable and we were unable to do justice to their appealing desert list.

For pudding lovers the chocolate cake with English cream, the three crepe creations (one with sliced bananas and home made chocolate sauce), crème brulee or tiramisu would provide the sweetest of conclusions to dining here. To sum up, Le Saigon Bayview is a stylish restaurant presenting lavish cuisines in a dramatic sky high venue. Do take time to wander onto the terrace, if you’re not eating al fresco and marvel at the dazzling nightscape of the bays of Pattaya and Jomtien. When dusk breaks this is the perfect place to gaze out on to the bay, relax and enjoy a sun-downer, cocktail, or a glass of fine wine. The jaw-dropping view is awesome and provides the perfect back drop for your Le Saigon experience. Open daily from 5.00 pm till late. Situated in the Pattaya Hill Resort, Soi 2, Pratamnak Road. Tel: (038) 250 329. Call for free pick-up. Ample undercover parking.

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Dear Food Lovers,

I am planning to give an old-fashioned tea party for a group of friends and would like to cook a classic Victoria Sponge. Have you a fool-proof recipe to recreate this delicious cake? Regards, Sylvia Dear Syliva, try this recipe. It is from a friend who said the recipe will make a light fluffy sponge every time, as long as you do two things! Firstly, make sure that you beat the sugar and butter till your arm aches or better still use an electric whisk. Also, that adding the egg gradually with a little flour will prevent it from curdling.

Serves 6 Ingredients 110g butter, at room temperature 110g caster sugar 2 large eggs 110g self-raising flour Jam and icing sugar to finish Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180C / gas 4 and grease two 18cm cake tins. Using an electric whisk, beat the sugar and butter together for at least two minutes to incorporate lots of air. 2. Lightly beat the eggs and add about a quarter, plus a spoonful of the flour, to the creamed sugar and beat again. Continue to add eggs and flour until all mixed in. 3. Sift the remaining flour into the mixture, a quarter at a time, and fold in with a metal spoon, being careful not to over mix or you will lose all the air that makes the cake light and fluffy. 4. Put half the mixture into each cake tin and bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool in the tins and turn out. Sandwich with jam and dust the top with icing sugar. If you would like to request a recipe, please email

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dining out

The Coffee Club Bargain BOGO promotion until the end of June (Every Tuesday Buy One Meal Get One Free!)

by Mick and Di The Food Lovers In our opinion, Australians are the friendliest people in the world. They are a cheerful bunch, quickwitted and unswervingly obliging. What’s this to do with the new Coffee Club? Well, with nearly 200 cafes in Australia and New Zealand, the Coffee Club is Australia’s largest locally owned coffee group, serving over 30 million cups of coffee a year. So it was no surprise to discover that the ambiance here is family-friendly, welcoming and agreeable. The convivial manager, Michael Chick has re-created the successful Coffee Club branding here in Pattaya but with careful attention to the S.E. Asian locality and its Thai and foreign patrons. The location of this new cafe/bar/restaurant is the old Au Bon Pain site in the Royal Garden Plaza on Second Road. The decor is unfussy contemporary strewn with comfy sofa areas and elegant dark wood seating. The staff is young, enthusiastic and efficient and the food modern gourmet. All in all a spoton formula for success. The doors are opened at 8.00 am for the early birds and the breakfasts (served all day) looked appealing and diverse. Eggs Benedict are served with either smoked salmon, shaved ham or spinach and mushroom, both B.190. A

Thai breakfast of Kao Tom (slow boiled rice soup) is always a comforting start to the day and here it is served with either pork balls, shrimp or chicken. Their gourmet sandwiches are seriously tempting and offer smoked salmon with cream cheese, smoked

opted for Greek style. Both were vibrant and zingingly fresh with lashings of delicious vinaigrette and packed with garden ingredients. The Caesar salad was wonderful and the best I have eaten in a very long while; topped with a perfectly cooked poached

chicken with tomato relish or avocado and come made from the Coffee Club’s special Turkish bread which is exclusive to them, courtesy of the Marriott Resort’s bakery. Mick and I decided to start our meal with a salad. I chose the house signature, chicken Caesar while Mick

egg the yolk melted sublimely into the Parmesan cheese, anchovy fillets and salad leaves. We followed these with a BLT for Mick (B.249) and a pasta dish (of which there are many) for me. The huge sandwich arrived fashioned from their speciality bread and served with salad and a mound of crisp, golden chips receiving full marks from himself. The carbonara I had chosen was creamy but strongly flavoured with the addition of tender chicken and I was pleased by the al dente texture of the pasta. Other main meals include fish and chips, chicken fillet burger, lemon pepper calamari, wild salmon (brushed with herbs and

ginger), a 180 gm. petite mignon and much more. They also have a Kid’s Club menu which features grilled chicken and tasty cheesy fingers, chicken nuggets, and egg on toast. The Coffee Club carries a fully stocked bar of spirits, beers and wines, with the wines coming from Australia. We sampled a glass of the house Kari Bay Chardonnay (B.190) on arrival and were suitably impressed. Characteristically straw gold in colour with a rich ripe full flavour, we just loved it. Later we sampled the excellent Kari Bay Shiraz Cabernet; a rich ripe mulberry and plum wine with subtle spicing and oak characteristics. Do delve into this Antipodean wine selection. This is also pastry lover’s paradise. The New York style baked cheesecake is delectable while the chocolate cake and citrus tarts just cry out to be eaten with a cup of their exclusively sourced coffee. So many reasons to visit The Coffee Club and none more so than their amazing Tuesday promotion which runs until the end of June offering a “buy-one-getone-free” from any meal on the menu. So grab a mate and visit soon to discover for yourself why Aussies have “no worries” when they’re patronising The Coffee Club. Located on the ground floor (Second Road entrance) of the Royal Garden Plaza. Open from 8.00 am till 11.00 pm. Tel: 038 711324. All prices inclusive and full take-away service available.

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

(ptm-2208)Mobility Scooters -- Free test ride at your home! Portable mobility scooters, latest models. Full service from Thailand’s mobility scooter specialist. Call 081 875 0860 or 02 964 8405-07,, info@ for prices and brochures. Contact us now for your free test ride at your home! (ptfas-d2008) Nokia N96 brand new unopened box, black, 16gb 15,000 baht. Also, N95 ex con 9,000 baht, Eng/ Thai 081 805 5441. (ptfas-p2008)Olympus Flash FL-36R. Purchased in error in Bangkok for 3 weeks ago for 9100 Baht. Sale for 7100 Baht. Phone 038 233 501 or 085 698 2096. (ptfas-j2008)BBQ for Sale. 3 burner, oven, temperature gauge, cast iron plate and grill, stainless steel trolley, Baht 20,000. 081 376 1773. (ptfas-p2407)Cheap TV’s. I have a wide range and certain brands of TV’s that are all brand new and come with 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. From LCD’s to Plasma’s all of which come in a range of sizes. Not only TV’s but many electrical Items are available for sale i.e. fridge freezers and washing machines. For further information and prices on any items please contact Alan on 084 944 2541.

Pets and Vets

(ptfpv-g1708)Animal Lover Needed to Take Care of Very Gentle Medium Size Dog occasional weekends and twice a year for one month. First time will be between the middle of May and the middle of June. 150 Baht per day. Telephone George on 038 251 794, or mobile 084 783 7098.

Boats for Sale

(ptm-m1908)2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck, 260 HP, 26 ft., 1.9 mil. baht. 2004 Sea Ray 260 SD, air/gen/320 HP, 28 ft. 2.95 mil. baht. Contact 081 831 1600.

(ptbs-a1508)Jet Ski for Sale. Sea Doo RXP 2005. Color Green/Black at 270,000 baht (can negotiate). Tel. 087 617 9115. (ptm-1108)Paddle on Lake Mabprachan on Your Own. 9-foot single-person canoe for only 2,000 baht. Paddle and life jacket included. Call Les at 087 136 5925. (ptm-0508)For Sale Imported Cruiser Boat Regal Commodore from US – 29 feet, 320 HP. Many option – GPS – Fish Finder – Hot water – Toilet – Shower etc. – Correct Price. Tel. 085 225 4037.

Boats & Marine Wanted

(ptfbw-k1508)Outboard Motors Second Hand 200 to 300 H.P. For export. No problem. Cash paid immediately. PH 086 006 8390.

Business Opportunities

(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-b1808)Looking for a Business Partner to Start a Bicycle Touring Company. Must be able to ride 50K a day, good computer skills (website design etc) preferred little or no investment Email : (ptfbo-0008)Massage Business for Sale Behind Tukcom South Pattaya. 600,000 baht. Call Khun Mina 081 782 9821, 085 221 1108. (ptm-2108)Final Reduction Bar, Restaurant, Swimming Pool. Large garden. With 2 bed accommodation. Pool table and mini gym. Million bt. spent on refurb. 5+5 contract with reasonable rent. Due to ill health now must sell. Hence only 950,000 bt well under half price. Last chance. Eng 086 148 7705, Thai 084 926 4627. (ptm-s1808)Coffee Shop/Bar for Sale. Jomtien New Plaza. 160,000 baht. Value of assets over 300,000. Rent 6,800/ month. Very neg., as leaving and will auction fridge, cake display, kebab machine on wheels, motorbike etc. if no takers. Phone 083 636 9213.

Classified Leading English Magazine Publication FOR SALE in Pattaya. Leading English Magazine in Pattaya for 7 years now is up For Sale! Staff in place and very low cost production makes this an ideal business for the right person. Health conditions forces the owner to sell this profitable publication. Particulars of purchase price and details will be given to serious inquiries. Contact James at 081 000 8192 or Email : (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-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. A serious ‘hands on’ investor requires a 50% share in a running, successful, well renovated and maintained 15 - 25 room guesthouse/hotel in a good location. Up to date accounts must be available. All replies treated with complete confidence. Email to – Two office spaces for rent located on the 4th floor of a low rise building along Sukhumvit Road, in between South and Central Pattaya, 20 meters after Spanish Condo. Both spaces have toilet, unfurnished. The first one is 36 sqm., price is only 7,200 baht per month and the other one is 64 sqm. and the price is only 12,800 baht per month (FOR LONG TERM LEASE ONLY). Accessible to public transportation. For viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Office Space for Rent in Pattaya Today Building, along Sukhumvit Road in between South and Central Pattaya, 20 meters after Spanish Condominium. 152 sqm. on the front side of the building, unfurnished. Perfect location for business, accessible to public transportation. Available to move in on the 1st of May 2009. Price is only 30,000 baht per month (FOR LONG TERM LEASE ONLY). For viewing and more information please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

Two Shops are Available for Rent. Good business opportunity at the excellent locations, nearby hotel lobby area at Ocean Tower & Garden Wing in Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, North Pattaya. Please call for more information at 038 418 418 ext. 701 (Ms. Supanee, Executive office) or email: WE SELL GOING CONCERNS! If You Want Expert Professional Advice on Buying or Selling a Business in Pattaya TSBA Have a large selection of businesses available. Call Craig 087 077 0475 Bar /Guest House – Located in central Pattaya, there are 16 rooms a well stocked bar with pool table and included in the price are 20 motorbikes. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Pizza – An opportunity to purchase Pattaya most successful pizza delivery business. This business has been running many years and has always shown great profits. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Cleaning services - A rare opportunity to purchase Pattaya leading cleaning company. This company has been running many years and has many existing contracts. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: craig@ Bar/Restaurant- This business is for sale for less than the purchase price of the fittings, this is a genuine bargain as owner has to return home urgently. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Beer Bar. Great Location of Soi Buakao. Many regulars easy operation, Pool table, 2 TV, UBC&Cable, 4 Rooms upstairs for rent plus 2 rooms for own use. All licences current 3 years lease. Rent : 20,000 Baht/Month Bargain 1.4 MB. Please Contact : 038 374 623, 0811 580 065. Thai Living: HOT SALE 8.5 M.THB. Apartment for sale. Soi Arunothai near Carrefour, 5th storey with 20 rooms of apartments, all rooms are fully furnished . For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Corner Commercial Building for sale in popular soi. (Between 2nd rd. and beach rd) for 8.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ /

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Businesses for Sale Restaurant Business for Sale, Jomtien Beach. The 50 seat restaurant sits right on Jomtien Beach Road and can therefore truly be regarded being located at a prime location. More details and impressive financial records will be made available to any serious buyer. Monthly rent is 28,000 Baht, no Key Money is required! Priced at 2.9 million Baht. Ref. no. PRT0111. Business for Sale, Expat Music Bar and Restaurant, Jomtien. The 4-storey shop house building is situated on the main road in Jomtien and consists of an air-conditioned bar with Pool Table and large TV-set plus a spacious patio on the ground level. Monthly rent is 34,400 Baht with no Key Money being required! A security deposit of 120,000 Baht is applicable. The price of 2.9-mill. Baht includes all fixtures, fittings, equipment plus the music stage and kit. Ref. no. PLB0113. Web Design Business for Sale. The business is conveniently located in a shop house in busy South Pattaya and web design and hosting is the main objective here. The necessary equipment to run this business is valued at 600,000 Baht and included in the sale. An own website and a registered Thai Co., Ltd. to support a work permit are also included in the price of 1.1 mill. Baht. The monthly rent is only 16,000 Baht with no Key Money being required! Ref. no. PMI0001 Restaurant with Rental Rooms, Leasehold, Jomtien Beach. Acquire assets worth over 12-mill. Baht for a mere 5.5-mill. and re-open this classy 5-star restaurant with panoramic views. New and renewable 3-year lease contract, monthly rent 50,000 Baht (payable up-front for one year), no Key Money. Ref. no. PHG0123. Restaurant Building on Freehold Land for Sale, Pratamnak. 1,000sqm of valuable Pratamnak land, leveled and walled, only minutes to the beach has become available for sale. The sales price for this property is 13.5 million Baht. The structure was purpose built to be a restaurant but in this location the property could also be used for a residential or condominium development. Ref. no. PCO0102 - Guest Houses, Hotels, Resorts - Restaurants, Bars, Coffee Shop - Massage Parlour, Spa Beauty Salon - Apartment Building, Retail Shops - prices start from 370,000 Baht.

Houses for Sale

The best deal in Thabali, Chateau Dale ever! This very nice, fully renovated, three bedroom, four bathroom Thabali home is situated in one of the finest villages and locations in Pattaya. Asking price only 10.9 Million Baht! Full financing available, only 2 Million Baht down and payments over 5 years. We as Premier Hom 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!

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 Royalé Condominium! We have several units far under the developers price, starting from 8 Million Baht 106 sqm, 145 and 268 sqm units. Take this opportunity to purchase a high-end unit in a five-star beach front condominium. We not only have everything far under the developers price but we even have an owner who gives a car for free. Northshore Unit for sale! 80 sqm front unit for only 8.9 Million Baht! Buy this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Northshore is the only 5-star Condominium on the Pattaya beach Road. High Floor! This is not the only unit we have for sale……..we have almost all the different Northshore units available on all the high floors…..prices range from 7.5-30 Million THB. Splendid investment opportunity! For sale Tip-Condo for 1 Million Baht. Steady rental-income of 13,000 Baht/Month. The best quality renovation money can buy is only one of the many features in this condo.

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Classified Business Opportunities

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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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: Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Freehold East Pattaya Apartment Building. 1,760sqm freehold land with 3-storey apartment building, completed in 2007 for sale. Good East Pattaya location, approx. 5-7 minutes from Sukhumvit Road. Built to European standards. Quality furniture and fixtures are worth 3-mill. Baht. 36 en-suite apartments plus 3 one-bedroom apartments are for rent, all with balcony. CCTV, water filter, key-card system, laundry facilities in place. Without advertising, long-term occupancy is already over 50%, plus some rooms are let on short term basis. Net profits in 2008 were over 2-mill. Baht. The property represents an attractive and secure investment. Purchase outright at 26 million Baht. Alternatively, seller offers financing with 35% down and negotiable installments. Ref. no. PHG0144. Making your Business our Business- Call Premier Land and Established Jomtien Restaurant and Bar for Lease Successfully run by one owner for 5 years. 50m from Jomtien beach, busy Soi. Restaurant/ bar with Pool Table. Second/ third floor have basic rooms with toilet. Monthly rent is Bt.10,000. Key Money 180,000 Baht/year or 500,000 Baht for three years. Price of 2-mill. Baht includes fixtures, fittings, equipment, security deposit of 30,000 Baht and Key Money until August 2009. Ref. no. PLB0092. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Restaurant and Chalets on Freehold Land. 800sqm of valuable Pratamnak land, only 5 minutes walk to the beach. The beautiful main building consists of two stories. On ground level is a tastefully decorated air-conditioned restaurant and kitchen. Terrace with swimming pool. Second level has large function room, bar and 60sqm apartment. Four 40sqm bungalows, nicely furnished and decorated, rent-

ed for 20,000 Baht. Monthly. The fine dining restaurant is already a success. Sales price: 21 million Baht. Alternatively, the owner offers financing with 50% down payment and negotiable balance terms. Ref. no. PRT0108. Making your Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Restaurant for lease on Jomtien Beach. Acquire assets worth over 12-mill. Baht for a mere 5.5-mill. and re-open this classy 5-star restaurant with panoramic views. The previous owner has decided to scale down a bit and to let go of this successful enterprise of 5 years. Professional stainless steel kitchen, top-notch equipment, hand-made cutlery, WiFi Internet, CCTV, PoS. Even the eight meter long beach front terrace is cooled. Separate wine bar, three large sea view apartments with balcony, staff rooms. New and renewable 3-year lease contract, monthly rent 50,000 Baht (payable upfront for one year), no Key Money. Ref. no. PHG0123. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Jomtien Beach-Side Restaurant for Lease. The 50 seat restaurant sits right on Jomtien Beach Road and can therefore truly be regarded being located at a prime location. Thai, international and coffee specialties are on the menu. There is a good number of regulars from the apartments on the upper floors and wireless Internet access and second hand books available for sale always pull new guests in. They enjoy panoramic sea views and sunset views from the large terrace. More details and impressive financial records will be made available to any serious buyer. Monthly rent is 28,000 Baht, no Key Money is required. Priced at 2.9 million baht. Ref. no. PRT0111. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Restaurant Building and Land, Pratamnak. 1,000sqm of valuable Pratamnak land, leveled and walled, only minutes to the beach has become available for sale. It comes with a large, single storey building consisting of separated and partially air-conditioned lounges and dining areas, kitchen and 6 en-suite rooms. The freehold price for this property is 13.5 million Baht. The structure was purpose built to be a restaurant but in this location the property could also be used for a residential or condominium development. Ref. no. PRT0109. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@

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Winner location and set up. Bar, Restaurant and Rooms. This business is open 24/7 and is situated in a prime location, right on Pattaya Beach. A Pool Table, TV-set and sound system are in place. Guests enjoy Thai and international food, the lively ladies and the sea and sunset views from the restaurant with 8m street front. Panoramic sea views also from the 6 rooms (5 are airconditioned), and the second floor terrace which can also be used by the restaurant and bar. Slow days revenues are about 10k and the best daily revenue was 90k Baht. Financial records will be made available to any serious buyer. Monthly rent is 110,000 Baht, no Key Money required! The current lease term expires 01/2012 and is renewable every three years. A 330,000 Baht security deposit is applicable. Price is 6.5 million Baht. Ref. no. PLB0112. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Bar, Restaurant and Guesthouse for Lease Established for three years, ideally located in busy entertainment area in Central Pattaya, 150 meters from Pattaya Beach. Nine large guest rooms, have A/C, TV, safe, ceiling fan, en-suite with hot water. Occupancy rate above 70%. Additional s/t room. Rooms alone generate enough income to cover overheads of the business. Restaurant/bar seats 45, comes with large flat screen TV, pool table, Internet. CCTV system, own website in place. Monthly rent 30,000 Baht. Lease renewable for a further 2 years again in 06/2010. Key Money until then is included in price of 2.4- mill. Baht. Ref. no. PLB0114. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to

Expat Music Bar and Restaurant for lease. The 4-storey shop house building is situated on the main road in Jomtien and consists of an air-conditioned bar with Pool Table and large TV-set plus a spacious patio on the ground level. The second floor has a kitchen, indoor and outdoor seating area plus a music stage for live music sessions. Two rental rooms plus a larger selfcontained apartment are on the third and fourth floor. Reasonably priced drinks and the atmosphere here make the business very popular with a good number of regulars. Monthly rent is 34,400 Baht with no Key Money being required! A security deposit of 120,000 Baht is applicable. The price of 2.9-mill. Baht includes all fixtures, fittings, equipment plus the music stage and kit. Ref. no. PRT0112. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 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- 038-231-931 or E-mail to New Condominium Project, ground floor commercial space available now. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 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 E-mail to

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(pta-tk0008)Do you Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. We speak Thai, English, German & Duetsch. Learn to Speak, Write and Read Thai ?!! Learn to understand what people are saying around you !! With a professional and experienced Thai teacher. Contact 081 466 7478, 080 635 1769 (pta-0406)TEFL Intercontinental, we are specialist in teacher training, a full 120 hours TEFL certificate course,

we offer Guaranteed job & Work permit, Earn 36,000 Baht while you practice teaching for 2 Months. Please contact us at: 086 841 5976 or 038 406 640. Pro Language we offer a variety of effective and enjoyable language courses. English, Japanese, German, Russian, French, Spanish and Thai course. For foreigner from beginner to advance including a preparation for the Grade 6 examination by ministry of education. 3 year ED Visa for full time students. Please call for Free Trial Lesson. Opposite Carrefour, Central Pattaya Rd. Tel. 038-489-225-7 Fax. 038-489-228


House for Sale

(ptm-w1808)New Banglamung Country Hill Village, New Villa/House 3 beds, 2 baths, unit space 95.2 sq.wa – Usable space 160 sq.m, price of land & house with private pool and including furniture ready to move in, 5,040,000 mill. baht only, very nice and quiet location and perfect connection to Sukhumvit-Pattaya and highway to BKK. Call 089 938 6022. (ptm-w1808)New Banglamung Country Hill Village, New House 3 Beds, 2 Baths, unit space 57.3 sq.wa – Usable Space 112 Sq.m., price of land

& house with private pool 2,399,000 mill. baht without pool 2,199,000 mill. baht. Very nice and quiet location and perfect connection to Sukhumvit Pattaya and highway to BKK. Call 089 938 6022 (ptm-g1908)Very Nice House for Sale in Secure Village. 2 or 3 beds, 3 baths, office, very large living area with beautiful furniture, private pool, Euro & Thai kitchen, 4 air con. This house is very light & airy with high ceilings asking 6.3 mil. THB. Owner 087 941 0073. (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.

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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.

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House for Sale

Gorgeous Houses for Sale and Investment. Absolutely all brand new houses, in a modern high quality and extremely nice tropical villa project. With underground cables, private pool, furnished. Located in Naklua Area. Only a few minutes away from Pattaya, very convenient, no hassle on driving around the city. Accessible to public transportations. Ready to move in. Price starts from 13 Million Baht. To view, please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Fascinating House for Sale at Chateau Dale Village, Thappraya Rd. 496 sq. m, have 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, garden, car park and a private swimming pool. A haven that is so peaceful. Price is only 17.5 Million Baht. For viewing and more information, please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. For Quick Sale!!! A 2-storey Brand New House at Banglamung in Soi Water Office. Only 1.5 Km. from Sukhumvit Rd. 250 Talang Wah. Have 5 rooms, kitchen, living room, 3 bathrooms, (1 w/ jacuzzi), with built-in thick wooden furniture, garden, parking space. Now price is only 9.5 Million Baht. For details and viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. The Best Low Price Ever. A 3-storey Spectacular Designer Townhouse located near the Royal Cliff Hotel. Have 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with jacuzzi). Top of the line European Kitchen. Fitted with amazing wardrobes and other built-in furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table. Equipped with alarm system. Only 5 Million Baht. Great Offer! This townhouse + a nicely decorated studio unit in Khieng Talay, both for only 6.5 Million Baht. Call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

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 Email: HS1039: This property has just been reduced from 6.5million 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 08478 08457 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: HOT SALE, Soi Chaiyapurk 1. Prime location residence, 2 storeys with 172 sq.wah of land, fully furnished, 3bed/4bath, private pool. 5.9 M Baht. . For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Baan Suay Mai Ngam, Sukhumvit 89. Nice residence, 1 storey with 50 sq.wah of land, fully furnished, 2 bed / 2 bath. Quick Sale for 1.6 M Baht. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net /


Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, Jomtien Beach. Single storey house with 85 sq.wah. 3bed/3bath. 5.2 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. The best deal in Thabali, Chateau Dale ever! This very nice, fully renovated, three bedroom, four bathroom Thabali home is situated in one of the finest villages and locations in Pattaya. Asking price only 10.9 Million Baht! Full financing available, only 2 Million Baht down and payments over 5 years. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038-231-931, 087-021-7014 or by Email: or visit our website at We as Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. have a lot of emergency sales. This is a buyers market and we have dozens of fire sales!!!!!! Millions under the price of the developers!!! Act quick. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at We have a re-sale in a new 5-star housing project in Jomtien! Stunning two level designed house on 120TLW with 4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms. Asking price 18 Million Baht, 4 Million under the developer price. Call Jan for more information 087 021 7014.

We have for sale a stunning house in View Talay Villas! Asking price 12 Million Baht for this stunning 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms house! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Stunning House For only 10.5 Million Baht! Four extra large bedrooms, four Bathrooms with separate Guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool. The house is built on a 1200 m2 plot in the very prestigious area of Phoenix Golf Course. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at The most exiting Estate on the entire Eastern Seaboard for Sale for 150 Million Thai Baht. This 7 Bedroom, 11 Bathroom on 35 Rai of land is one of the most impressive homes you will ever see. Its grounds, water features and landscaping are second to none. If you have the finances to secure a home such as must do yourself the favor of making an appointment for a private viewing. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Downpayment! Six year Mortgage! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

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Quick Sale Opportunity! A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Selling price lowered again from 15.9 Million Baht to 12.8 Million Baht! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house has a lap-pool, big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Also a nice investment as the house is rented for 80,000 BHT/ Month for the next two years. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at We have a re-sale in Phu Tara! Stunning two level designed house on a Rai of land for 29 Million Baht. Call Jan for more information 087 021 7014. Most incredible sea views from a designer 4 bedroom home for 19.9 Million Baht! Situated high in the Bangsarey Hills, this gorgeous four bedroom four bathroom home was completely decorated by one of the areas most noted interior designers, which makes it both beautifully appointed as well as being a very comfortable family home. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Want a Thabali House? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Very tastefully designed and decorated modern Balinese style homes right in the heart of Jomtien. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

We Have Several View Talay Villas for Sale from 7.9 Million to 50 Million Baht! Live in one of these highly sought after villas in this exclusive development! For appointment and private showing call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Immaculate Beach House next to the Dusit Hotel for sale at 27.5 Million Baht! Each room in this extremely well laid out home has been designed and decorated to a very high standard. The location and sea views are to die for…..this is luxury! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at An Absolutely Stunning Home For 60 Million Baht! With over 3,000 square meters of living space all done in the finest hardwoods, marble and granite this is a grand and very impressive estate home. The estate has seven master suites and four separate lounge areas with a cinema room, games room and three kitchens all built around an outdoor lounging area and swimming pool. To put it simply, this is luxury! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

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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: 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ 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: 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ 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-n1908)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-n1908)A Beautiful House for Rent at Pratumnak Hill Soi 5. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Fully furnished, European kitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 50,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptm-n1908)A Beautiful New Townhouse for Rent: On Pratumnak Rd. Soi 5. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, communal pool. 25,000 baht/ month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptm-no1908)Occasion! New, Beautiful Townhouse (South Pattaya), 2 minutes to city or beach, peaceful and green environment, superbly fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 3 televisions, garage. Must have seen! Contact 081 862 9710. (ptm-t1808)Beachfront Apartment. 2-3 Bedroom (140sq/m) apartment for long term rent. Big balconies, great sea view & breeze. Located on a beachside, dead end soi, no traffic. Newly renovated to western standards. Private building, only 3 apartments total. Naa Jomtien (near Huay Yai) 32,000 baht per month with basic furnishings. Contact: 081 619 8626 or

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(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. (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 month. Call 080 646 5322 Beautiful Detached Villa Quiet Area, South Pattaya. 4/5 bed, maids quarters. Hi speed internet. Fully furnished garden & 2 Car park. 35,000 Baht P.M. Office: 038 374 623. Eng: 081 158 0065 www.pattayaoceanproperty. com, E-mail : 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, E-mail:info@ Pratamnuk Town-House 2 bedroom, 2 mins. to Dongtan Beach Modern Furniture and Fittings . Internet Connection, 40,000 baht P.M. Office: 038 374 623 Eng: 081 158 0065 www.pattayaoceanproperty. com, Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, Jomtien beach. Single storey house. Fully furnished, taxi route. 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ /

Thai Living: Royal Park Village 3(Rungrueng) Jomtien Beach, fully furnished, nice residence, fully facility, a few minutes to Beach and Central of pattaya. 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ / Thai Living: We have house in Thepprasit area for rent (new house) price from 18,000 -25,000THB./M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ / 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 / / 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 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ 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 038-373 966or by E-mail: pattaya@ 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 Email: 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 084780 8457 or by E-mail:

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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: 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: 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: 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Family Home for 100,000 Baht per month! Located in one of South East Pattaya quietest and most beautiful villages with a large and gorgeous swimming pool! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ 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

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House for Rent

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: 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 enormouspool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

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!! www. 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-w1708)Aromdee Apartments has availability for rent. Fully furnished apartments with balcony, cable, telephone and also private internet lines available. It is quiet and clean with in house laundry and supermarket by European management. Only 5 minutes

walk to the Big C and Lotus Supercenter in North Pattaya. Furnished standard apartments 3,000 baht/month. Furnished air conditioned apartments 3,700 baht/month. Call 089 938 6022.

Condo for Sale

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, e-mail : 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, e-mail : 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 :


Khiang Talay, 15th Floor, 42 Sq. M. Studio, Fantastic Sea Views and Koh Larn Island. Fully furnished, re-tiled floor, etc. A very popular condominium in a very nice area. Close to the beach. Only 1.8 million baht. (In Foreign Name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: Cozy Beach Pratumnak Jomtien, 200 Meters from Beach, Two 38 sq.m. Studios, side by side. 6th and 8th floor with sea views in need of renovation. Make 76 sq.m. or sell separate. Excellent opportunity investment in one of the best areas. Only 990,000 baht each. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details, 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, e-mail: info@ 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, 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. 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, e-mail: info@

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, 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 : 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 : (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-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 ( p t m - L 2 1 0 8 ) N o r t h s h o re 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 06 34.

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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! (ptfcs-1808)New Ocean View Condo Jomtien, Dongtan Beach. 100 square meters, top floor, corner, for sale by owner. price: 4.9 million baht. Luxury quality interior, brand new tile, nice wood trim, high quality appliances. Contact for more details. (ptcs-0008)Sale 1,500,000 Baht, Rent 1,000 per night, 5000 per week, 15,000 per month high season. 10,000 baht per month on 1 year contract. Marble Condo with stunning sea view, on 5th floor, fully furnished, in foreign name. 350 meters from sea in quiet, safe coastal village, Baan Amphur, south of Pattaya off Sukhumvit road on the way to Sattahip. Wonderful weekend hideaway next to Ocean Marina harbor, near Phoenix Golf

course and Pattaya airpark. Welcome to come see. Free rent for up to two weeks if you decide to buy. This is our residence as well, and we would be pleased to show you the neighborhood. Call me, Lela, at 66 (0) 86-984-9700, or email: (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 41,000 baht/sqm. 29.9 Million Baht. Tel. 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.

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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.) An Amazing Panoramic view in Baan-Am-Pur, only 10 minutes drive and 8 kilometers from Big C in South Pattaya. Located on the 14th flr, 105 sqm, 1 bedroom, living room, furnished with European designs, 2 balaconies, 24hr security, big swimming pool. Price for quick sale, only 7 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. FOR SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY. Fascinating Penthouse at Wong Amart Beach in a Low Rise Condominium for Quick Sale!!! For only 20 Million Baht, 260 sqm, two levels, with great interior designs, a spacious living area, executively decorated, breath taking sea view, just 1 minute walk to Wong Amart Beach and accessible to everywhere, good facilities are available. For viewing please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

Top Quality Beachfront Condominium! In Foreign Name for only 7.9 Million Baht. Have 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, high floor, with superb overlooking view at the ocean and at the pool, 64 sqm, fully furnished, downtown location, Owner financing can arrange (will consider payment terms of up to 8 months). To view, please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. The Perfect Destination. Absolutely brand new project with high standard quality. Feel the cool breeze in the modern tropical villas with only 49 units. There are 3 lovely designs of family home to choose from, with 3 bedrooms, 3 restrooms, underground cabling and with private pool. Being located off Sukhumvit Road, driving to and from Bangkok is so convenient and also without the hassle of driving through the city of Pattaya which is only few minutes away, getting in and out Pattaya is easy with several kinds of public transportation available. Price starts from 12 Million Baht. For viewing please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Great Opportunity for Low Season! Only 5 Units Left!!! For Quick Sale only 3.8 Million Baht. New 5 Star Condominium at Jomtien Area, 96 sqm. Have 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, kitchen, 1 bathroom and 1 toilet. Slightly furnished, accessible to everywhere. To view, please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.


Majestic Sea View and Private beach in North Pattaya, Laem-Chabang view, 137 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, unfurnished, big living room, with a large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, unfurnished. Only 12 Million Baht. Please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. CS1285: Another bargain to be had! View talay 6 studio apartment on the 13th floor. Needs to be finished with A/C & furniture, kitchen if desired. Only 2.8mill O.N.O Call for more info 038-373966or by E-mail: 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 08-478 08457 or 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 08-494 42541 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 08-176 13238 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: Thai Living: Jomtien Beach Condominium ( RimHaad S1), Jomtien Beach, 8th floor, corner room, Original condition. 1.5 M.THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: View Talay 2A74 sq.m, Foreigner name, 4th floor, For 2.75 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ / Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Corner unit, Fully furnished and great sea view, 9 M THB. 165 sqm, duplex unit. 40th floor. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / 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/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Hot Sale - Metro Jomtien, 54 sqm, great sea view, 34th floor, 2.6 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ / Thai Living: View Talay 5D, Pattaya side and nice sea view, fully furnished. 48 sq.m, 14th floor, 2.75 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: The Avenue Residence, Building C, Pool view on 6th floor, great location. 2.1 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: The Trendy Condominium, Bangkok. 66 sq.m, 18th floor, For 5,500,000 M THB , For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: View Talay 5D, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, 14th floor, 86 sq.m. fully furnished .For 5.8 M.THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038 -723 601 Mobile: 084 866 9644, E-mail: theavenueresidence@, 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:, www. 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

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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) Email Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. For sale by owner. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only two million baht. Fifty percent financing available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Offer of the Month, The Park Condominium, Developers Price 55,000 Baht/sqm, Selling Price 45,000 Baht/sqm, 117 sqm, Type A, Building B, Foreign Ownership. We also have a 167 sqm unit on a high floor in building A. Act Quick, foreign ownership not available anymore from the developer. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at NORTHSHORE 112sqm FOR 11.5 Million Baht… Very high floor ‘05’ unit in NORTSHORE for the LOWEST PRICE POSSIBLE! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at 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. Call Jan at 087-021-3170. EMERGENCY SALE!!!!! Royal Cliff ‘D’ Building High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 20 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Special Promotion in La Royalé Condominium! We have several units far under the developers price, starting from 8 Million Baht 106 sqm, 145 and 268 sqm units. Take this opportunity to purchase a high-end unit in a fivestar beach front condominium. We not only have everything far under the developers price but we even have an owner who gives a car for free. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Northshore Unit for sale! 80 sqm front unit for only 8.9 Million Baht! Buy this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Northshore is the only 5-star Condominium on the Pattaya beach Road. High Floor! This is not the only unit we have for sale……..we have almost all the different Northshore units available on all the high floors…..prices range from 7.5-30 Million THB. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

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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. Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014. Act quick we have the TopCorner 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. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We have a stunning Home in Jomtien Park Villas! Supurb Design and Construction! Three Bedrooms / Two Bathrooms. Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht. (PR3875) Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at We Have Several Very Nice Jomtien Condos for Sale Starting just under 1 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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: 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

Classified 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: or visit our website at 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: 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: 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

Beautiful Condo in the Low Rice condominium of Grand Condotel for 12,25 Million Baht! LOWERED FROM 14.5 MILLION BAHT FOR A QUICK SALE!!! Just 1 minute walk to Jomtien Beach with a really spacious living area and an enormous balcony. The condo is completely renovated, ready to move in. A lot of facilities are available, two swimming pools, a gym and a tennis court are just examples. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at 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 We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting at under 2 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014. We Have a lot of units in the new Popular Seafront View Talay 6 with Amazing Seaviews. We have all the units available on all the floors for the best prices in town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: 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: or visit our website at

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(ptm-b1908)Best Sea View in Pattaya; Pratamnak Hill. Exclusively renovated condo, 2 Minutes to beach! 60m², livingroom, kitchen, separate bedroom, 2TV, 2 Air, 2 ceiling fans, telephone, big balcony with fantastic sea view. Long term: 16,000.--per month. Please call Ben at 087 820 7 710.

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Fax: (038) 374535 (ptm-p2008)Yensabai Condotel, 4th fl., fully furnished, 13,000/ month. Pay advance 1 year, get 1 month FREE. Swimming pool, security 24 hours, Free internet, ready to move in. Contact 081 762 8379. (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 box, LCD TV, DVD. Rent 15,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: info@ 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, 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 : (ptcr-0008)Sale 1,500,000 Baht, Rent 1,000 per night, 5000 per week, 15,000 per month high season. 10,000 baht per month on 1 year contract. Marble Condo with stunning sea view, on 5th floor, fully furnished, in foreign name. 350 meters from sea in quiet, safe coastal village, Baan Amphur, south of Pattaya off Sukhumvit road on the way to Sattahip. Wonderful weekend hideaway next to Ocean Marina harbor, near Phoenix Golf course and Pattaya airpark. Welcome to come see. Free rent for up to two weeks if you decide to buy. This is our residence as well, and we would be pleased to show you the neighborhood. Call me, Lela, at 66 (0) 86-984-9700, or email : 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.

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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. 30 % Discount on Daily Rates. 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:, www. 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 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ 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 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CR1149: just recently come available studio 48sqm in view talay 6, 24th floor beach front apartment with fantastic view of Pattaya bay by day & night! Only 20,000 P/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail:

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://www. asp to view pictures or call 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CR1111: Studio apartments for rent, both long & short term lets, Wongamat beach area,44 Sq m, modern furniture LCD TV, from 15,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CR1169: 2 bedrooms apartment located in Pratumnak close to the beach, short & long term, fully furnished, WiFi internet, big TV, brand new building with great Prices start at 30,000 P/M call 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ 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 - 4944 2541 or by E-mail: 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 08-494 42541 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 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@

Classified CR1136: Newly renovated 11th Floor 1 bedroom apartment, in Center condo, South Pattaya, 15,000 per month Call for more info 08 - 1761 3238 or by E-mail: pattaya@ Thai Living: Jomtien Beach Condominium (RimHaad A1), Jomtien Beach, 50 sq.m, 15th floor, corner room, fully furnished. 10,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ / Thai Living: Studio for rent at View Talay 5C, 6th floor Pattaya side. Nice area and easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, fully furnished 18,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Grand Condotel, Jomtien Beach. Fully furnished and great sea view on 16th floor, 226 sq.m. 1b/1b, Big Balcony, 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / 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 / 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: Studio for rent at View Talay 5C, 18th floor. Nice area and easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, beautiful furnished 15,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / THAIHUS : Condo for rent in Wongamat Beach 1 Bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 27 floor, 96 Sqm. Sea view and full facilities. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. THAIHUS :Condo for rent 19,000/month, 1 bedroom / 2 bathrooms Full facilities newly renovated condo, tastefully furnished unit at a reasonable price with full European kitchen. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. THAIHUS :Condo for rent in Wongamat Beach 2 beds 2 baths 38,000/month, 143 Sqm. uses of the facilities of the 5 star beachfront hotel located next door. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only 14,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail 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 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: 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: 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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

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Fax: (038) 374535 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: 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at 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: 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: premier@loxinfo. 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ 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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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View Talay V Sea View Condominium for 20,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished unit at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at We are the absolute leader in rental properties in Pattaya! We have over 1000 units for rent available in all the major condominiums. Examples are units on high floors in Northshore, Royal Cliff, Chateau Dale, Saranchol, etc, etc. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

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BANG SARAY THE MOST DESIRED AREA! U-Tapao planned for Pattaya’s International Airport. Unprecedented Mega Projects Starting. Land plots from 300,000 baht. Check our Exclusive Land, Villa & Condo’s. Tel: 081 576 0035, Email: , www. (ptm-n1908)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 08-47808457 or by Email:

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. 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 Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Thai Living (L163): Soi Siam Country Club, land for sale with 20 Rai-122 sq.wah for 35 M THB. Only 1 km from Sukhumvit Road. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net /

Classified Thai Living: land and house for sale., Bang Sare (Beach side), 2 Rai 105 sq.wah for 2.5 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/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill Soi 4 (Opposite Star Beach) 207 sq.wah Sale 55,000 THB per sq.wah (N/A) For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / 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 E-mail to 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 Brokers038-231-931 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 Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Beachfront Land Jomtien 16 Rai at 18 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 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 Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 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 treesabsolutely beautiful. Good flat ready to build condition with three road frontages. Smart money buy- call to take a look. Making your Business our Business – Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to 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 Land- Baht 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 Email 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 Brokers038-231-931 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 087-021-3170.

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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 mikael@

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Fax: (038) 374535 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 , E-mail (ptm-j2108)Storage Lockers for Rent. From 300 baht/mo. Jomtien Plaza. PH 085 275 0 987. (pta-no0008)No 1 Visa behind Carrefour, Central Pattaya. Visa service for Thais to visit abroad, UK, Europe, USA and Australian Visa Specialist. The best affordable professional visa service in Thailand. Over 7 years experience. Taxi to the embassies, cheap airline tickets, travel medical insurance. Tel: 038 360 204, Mobile: 089 246 5980. (ptmsp-1309)Architect Services Plans, houses, shops, apartments, etc. Contact 081 295 8038. (ptfjv-em1908)Pool Tables Professional Installation. Moving/recovering/leveling/ re-cushion, etc. Bought and sold/profit sharing/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.**.* 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: emvals4@ Dan One Call Service. Property Services includes general household repairs, air conditioning repairs, swimming pool maintenance, gardening new and maintenance, electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, cleaning. General Services includes translation, assistance for Thai driving license, immigration matters, real estate matter, driver for your own car. Call 085 163 5037 or email p.krittaphon@ 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.

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Ski Blind. For blinds, sunshade, retractable awning, canopy, folding doors. PVC strip doors, wallpapers, canvas, umbrellas, curtains, par+titions, 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) 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, www. Client service 081 550 0885. Legal and Visa services provided by American expert living in Thailand more than 10 years and English-speaking Thai lawyer.see ads in PattayaToday. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) for a free consultation. E-mail

(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. (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.

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Pro Language is language training institute located on Central Pattaya. Now we are seeking Part - time and Full time Teachers to join our team. Italian Teacher, Russian Teacher and other language teacher. Please call K.Pabhada 038 489 225-7 or

(ptfjv-r2008)Can You Sell What You Can’t See? Big commission for the right sale staff! Contact us: 038 052 037-8 or 083 773 3210. (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-co2008)Seeking Reliable Maebaan for Nongplalai. 2 half days per week, Thu & Fr 12 - 17 pm. Experienced cleaning, washing, ironing. Speak some English or German and worked for Foreigner advantage. Phone afternoon 081 810 58 41.

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Fax: (038) 374535 (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-ex2008) Top Car Rental Company in Jomtien Required a Highly Motivated, Educated, 2 Thai lady who speaks good English for sale car salary Start 7,000 Baht. + Commission. 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:10.00-04.00 pm. (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 Design-

er, 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: (ptm-te1408)Wanted Secretary. Required: Thai female, good in English, basic computer skill. Please apply at or call 086 841 5976. (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. (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.

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Classified Vehicles for Sale

Job Vacancies

(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 E-mail:saengduen_s@ (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 experience in housing business, active, good relationship. High salary + commission. All prefer 2 years experience up in this business filed and must be able to speak English and have computer skill. Good salary and commission. Call: Wanjira 086 113 0667 (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 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

(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 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


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 SeptemberAMS-BKK-AMS. Start from 570 Euro’s. All the price not include tax. Visa to Europe, Vietnam, Laos, China, India, Myanmar, Indonesia; Ext Hotel Reservation, Scuba Diving, Taxi, Minibus. Tel 038 413 530, 038 724 023, Fax 038 413 540 Email.... Mcflightpattaya@

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.

(ptfvs-m2008)If you’re Looking for a Comfortable Motorbike to Drive in Town and Upcountry, then come and have a look at my black Honda Phantom (200 cc) with full options for a reasonable price of 70,000 baht (negotiable). It can bee seen in Pattaya Naklua. Please Contact Monique mobile 089 129 7898. (ptfcs-d2008)Fast Cash. 4 Bikes,Thinking of selling your motorbike we pay cash on the spot. Quick, easy, hassel free. Call 087 824 0870. (ptfvs-d2008)Yamaha Mio, 1yr old, white, tax, v good condition, 8000km, 30,000 baht. Eng/Thai 081 805 5441 (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. (ptfvs-j1708)Cycling toAngkor 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 Hi-Lux 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. (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: forum/Customized-SuzukiCaribian-Pattaya-t231013. html&hl=suzuki or call: Lek/ Jeep 086 072 9843 glenp@ (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. Top-automatic 69,000 km. Excellent condition. 229,000 baht or best offer, tax and insured. 086 109 0721.

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Thais 4 Life supports the YWCA

Khun Sopin Tapejuk of Diana Garden Resort and a member of YWCA, welcomed the committee members of Thais 4 Life headed by Mr. Walter Pickering, Mr. David Kerridge and Mr. Anderson. YWCA chairperson, Khun Nittaya Patimasongkraw together with Khun Visa Chimdee accepted the 40,000 baht donation presented by Thais 4 Life to be included to YWCA’s education fund for the poor. This ceremony is part of the association’s family projects which has been going on since 1990. It aims to support students from poor family for their education. This year, students received a total of 58,000 baht funding, which includes 18,000 baht from YWCA member Khun Siriporn Thamcharoen.

MunMaak Nitto Coast to Coast Rally at Hard Rock Hotel

Birthday Party at Jomtien Boathouse Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya was the finishing point for the MunMaak Rally, a 400 km drive, with 40 participating luxury cars. This “Nitto Coast to Coast Rally” adventure started from Hua Hin incorporating a stop in Bangkok prior to their finishing at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. It was indeed fast and furious and a sight to be behold with 40 luxurious sports cars, park side by side at the hotel. A party started at 4.30 p.m. when the first car arrived with a live performance at the hotel entrance. Later in the evening, all participants reunited again at The Mezz @ Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya for their award ceremony followed by a sumptuous dinner reception and party till late in the night.

A warm 60th birthday party with close friends and family was held at Jomtien Boathouse for Khun Nalinee Larsen (6th from left), a long time friend of the owners of Jomtien Boathouse, Ib Ottesen (2nd from left) and Kanikar Ottesen (5th from left). The guests were served with a wonderful Thai and seafood buffet which are among the specialties of the restaurant.

Summer Fruits Festival at Central Festival Pattaya Beach

Always a company to try and bolster the tourism sector in Pattaya, the Central Festival Pattaya Beach Shopping Complex, held a ‘Summer Fruits Festival’ from the 22nd May thru 27th May, where they showcased the many and varied fruits available on the Eastern Seaboard. The shopping complex teamed up with the Offices of Commercial Affairs Chantaguri, Trat and Rayong along with Pattaya City Hall, to stage this three day event at Pattaya’s largest shopping mall. Fruits on display included rambutan, mango, langsat, mangosteen, durian, etc. all freshly picked and carrying the ‘Q’ symbol of quality. Customers were invited to indulge their love of fruit with an ‘All you can eat (in one hour) Fruit Buffet’ for the very reasonable charge of only 89 baht. There were many female actresses and models on hand to bring a sparkle of stardom to this ‘fruity’ event.

Amari Hotel hosts the ‘Sundowners’

The Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) enjoyed a huge turnout for their ‘Sundowners’ Meeting’ held at the Amari Hotel & Tower Resort’s Ice Bar. An equally large turnout was experienced at their ‘Automotive Industry Meeting’ which was held at the Amari Tower Conference Room. The Director of ‘Dataconsult’, Mr. Christopher Bruton, with over forty years experience in Asia, spoke of Thai business and possible future developments.

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Ambassador visits British Legion

British Ambassador HE Quinton Quayle visited Pattaya on May 15 and presented certificates and awards to members and officials of the Chonburi branch of the British Legion, a veterans’ association which represents the interests of British national servicemen, past and present, and their dependants worldwide. He was welcomed by Legion Secretary Bert Elson who explained the cooperation between the Legion and the consular section of the Embassy which had worked together on some cases of distress. In the evening, Ambassador Quayle addressed a meeting of businessmen and others as the guest of the British Chamber of Commerce.

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Baile de la Rosa at the Golden Cliff House

Miss Tiffany Universe contestants dine at the Balcony Restaurant

One of Pattaya’s most respected and appreciated fine restaurants, The Balcony, situated on North Pattaya Road, recently held a gourmet dinner for the finalists in the Miss Tiffany Universe 2009 competition. The restaurant, which has supported the competition since it began, served scrumptious gourmet food, prepared by their world class in house chef’s and served by the silver service waiters and waitresses. Everyone agreed it was an unforgettable night, enjoyed by everyone attending. Not such good news for the contestants, as they had to compete in the ‘Miss Sexy Star’ competition the next day before the big final which took place on the 15th May at the Tiffany Theatre.

“Bollywood” charity dinner

Pattaya’s most famous Indian Restaurant, Indian by Nature, recently held a charity event in aid of the Pattaya Children’s Charity ‘The Mercy Centre’. The theme for this special evening, ‘Bollywood’, which culminated in Bollywood style dancing on the second floor, was enjoyed by all those attending, with a percentage from the night’s takings being donated to this most worthy cause. A big thank you to all the staff at the restaurant, for making this such a superb evening.

Baile de la Rosa made yet another appearance in Thailand. Nick Verbeek, of Salsa Amante, devised the concept of Baile de la Rosa, otherwise known as the Dance of the Roses, in Holland, over twelve years ago. The event was held at Golden Cliff House, where once again, guests were treated to a rather delicious rum laced fruit punch and Spanish style tapas. The ladies left the event with their arms filled with red roses. The guests were given a break from the dancing to enjoy an Argentinian tango demonstration. The room was filled with the aromas of food, different dance styles and the fragrance of the roses. For those of you who missed out, don’t worry, Baile de la Rosa will back in June, check out the website for details.

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Pattaya Today Volume 8 Issue 18  

Pattaya Today, the 'Best Read' on the Eastern Seaboard.

Pattaya Today Volume 8 Issue 18  

Pattaya Today, the 'Best Read' on the Eastern Seaboard.