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Volume 7, Issue 24

1 - 15 September 2008


Beware of ATM Scams Protect your PIN number

Almost all ATM transactions are safe but a minority are crimes

FOLLOWING a spate of complaints about people losing their private credit card information to skimmers and scammers, police and banks are urging Pattaya locals and visitors to take extra precautions. Several Bangkok embassies too report their nationals in distress after finding someone has managed to use a cloned card to make a big profit. Some of the reported thefts of data seem to be amateurish. The criminal stands in line

behind you and observes over your shoulder the numbers which you type in to get your cash. In a variation, the data thief stole a real credit card, followed the victim home and later phoned him, posing as a bank official, asking him to verify his PIN number! In what’s known as skimming, the criminal attaches a fake, custom made transparent cover to the front of the ATM, or a very thin device that sits inside the slot itself, which

records the magnetic strip of cards as they are being inserted. To the side of the ATM they attach a plastic box with flyers from the bank to give a legitimate appearance. But hidden in the base is a very tiny camera filming the keyboard as people enter their PINS. This kind of criminal action is popular when banks are closed, especially evenings and weekends when customers tend to be less observant. “Fraud is a fact of life in this industry and it’s something we have been fighting for 20 years,” said Kurt Helwig of the Electronic Funds Transfer

Association. Several Pattaya residents have complained to their banks that they can no longer use their credit cards as all transactions have been officially blocked after unsuccessful attempts by data thieves to insert a slightly wrong PIN number into ATM machines. There are a number of essential things for ATM customers to do according to a spokesman for Siam bank. Firstly you must protect your card number and PIN from prying eyes by blocking anyone’s view behind or near you. In particular, confidentiality of the PIN is essential since skimmers need it to be successful. Continued on page 4

Tram project eyed for Pattaya AS the city’s traffic problems grow worse, city fathers are conducting an investigation into a possible tram project for the city. They gave a warm welcome to Mr Jaruek Anuphong and his thirty colleagues from the senate transport commission who arrived on August 20 for a

feasibility study. The resort’s main problem, it was surmised, is that the amount of traffic on the main roads doubles at weekends and public holidays. An earlier suggestion had been to build underground tunnels on Sukhumvit road to alleviate the snarlups and such a

plan was still under planning consideration without a final decision. Several European cities, including Manchester, have long introduced tram transportation to alleviate jams and for environmental reasons too. Continued on page 4



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Seminar to increase community efficiency

THE national economic and social advisory council cooperated with Thammasat university to arrange a training programme with the intriguing title “Efficiency of community and public relations voluntary structures” at the Markland hotel, north Pattaya, chaired by Miss Yaowaluck Sukwiwattanaporn who is deputy secretary of the council. The national office has the responsibility to make any appropriate recommendations it sees fit to the Cabinet on significant economic and social affairs and conditions, including poverty alleviation, tax structures, the environment and so on. The office can also solicit feedback from the public

on development plans and laws when invited to do so by the Cabinet. The event was arranged to increase awareness of development issues in various public networks and to listen to opinions. The meeting heard

Luxury apartment project promoted

Mr Jens Westerberg, a Danish national, introduced the Jens luxury apartment project based in soi three, Boonkarnjana road,

Jomtien beach, which his company had paid 40 million baht for building purposes. The project is about 2 rai in

that the eastern seaboard was a very important area being a tourist as well as an industrial centre. Therefore, the opinions of the public on matters of the day here will be very significant when the time comes to say anything. size and targets in particular European, and especially Scandinavian, tourists and visitors looking for a retirement haven or an investment opportunity in property. The Jens luxury apartment is four storeys and has 24 units of 86 sqm with two bedrooms and interior decoration to a high standard. Communal features include a club house, two swimming pools, cctv keycard and 24 security protection. Prices are around 42,000 baht per sqm excluding furniture. There is a 20,000 litre underground tank for water as well as rooftop tanks to ensure that residents are not troubled by the periodic water shortages which are known to plague the eastern seaboard.

Free haircuts and body checkups PATTAYA mayor Ittiphol Khunplume gave a speech of welcome at the Nongtabag community centre in soi 13, Naklua, to the Pattaya Health Mobile Unit which was on hand to offer a variety of bread and butter public services free of charge. Members of the public with aches and pains could obtain prescription medicine (as long as it wasn’t too complicated a condition) and also access a free haircut and have their eyes tested for any need for glasses.The free services also extended to use of a mobile library and massage,

particularly for the elderly with swollen feet or common circulatory problems. The free mobile services of city hall are very popular as they tend to concentrate their activities on the poorer areas

of the city where residents are by no means awash with cash. Foreigners would not be turned away although the facilities are not designed for that minority.

Just the job for smart babies D-NEE Products are hoping to attract the crowds in Pattaya with their “Clean Touch for Smart Babies’ Development” seminar in the 10th floor meeting room of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya (Block “D”) on Saturday September 6, 8.30 a.m. – noon. The meeting will be addressed by associate

professor Kannika Wijitsukon from the faculty of nursing at Mahidol university. The workshop is designed to help adult family members to understand their child’s behaviour in the infant stage and to encourage creativity and imagination even in those of such a tender age. This is because

recent research has shown that infant behaviour which may seem quite meaningless to the untrained mind may in fact be pregnant with significance once you know what to look for. Various D-Nee products will be on sale at the seminar. Reservations may be made on 038 259 999 or 08 1913 5087.

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Beware of ATM Scams Second, try to use the same ATM machine as often as you can – you are more likely to notice anything out of the ordinary. Beware of ATM machines sporting signs or giving instructions on notices, such as inviting you to use a neighbouring machine as yours is out of order. Never take advice from a friendly stranger

who is hanging around. Finally, report a machine trapped card as soon as possible so that it can be deactivated to prevent misuse. If the bank is closed at the time, then use the 24 hour emergency service operated by all major debit and credit card companies. Pattaya Today contacted several Pattaya banks who

Police to patrol risky and crime prone areas

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Tram project eyed for Pattaya

ON August 17, the deputy police commander of region 2 (Chonburi) police colonel Jamnong Rattanakul, in the presence of many senior police from Pattaya and Banglamung, chaired a meeting to announce a new policy on patrolling crime black spots. The deputy commander stated he was well aware that reported crimes in both municipalities were going up, especially opportunistic thefts of one sort and another, and the robbers were often getting away unpunished. Under the new policy, patrols would be stationed at shops and department stores

and a number of other dangerous places at night including certain streets which were not identified at the meeting. The deputy commander said he was particularly keen to see a big reduction in crime at banks, gold shops and convenience stores and wanted to see more manned checkpoints so that the chances of catching heinous villains would improve. He added that traffic police would also be involved in public campaigns about safeguarding your property as well as arresting suspicious looking characters with screwdrivers or hand guns.

Thaksin unlikely to be sent back for trial

stated that cheated customers would be reimbursed provided they kept to the credit card issuer’s regulations and used due care and diligence in protecting their personal data. Pattaya police were unable to confirm how many cases of fraud had been brought to their attention, but said most of the criminals in the resort used low tech rather than hi tech strategies in their fraud.

Antler corals on the curriculum

ON the occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday, which doubles as Mothers’ Day, 70 high school girls from Sriyanusorn school in Chantaburi province visited the Sa-mae-sarn gulf, near Sattahip, to recreate more PVC antler corals, a conservation project sponsored by Vinithai Company Limited. Mr Vigrom Bpumipol, manager of sea science and

conservation in the project, said that it was important to replenish coral reefs which were at risk of destruction from human activity and environmental damage. He stressed that coral is essential for maintaining the life cycle of many sea animals and that young people were anxious to help, in his experience, once the dire ecological situation was brought to their attention.

Ball game competitors in sparkling form

UK asylum laws favour the wanted The new prototype is a far cry from old Blackpool trams But another consequence for issues that the present track Pattaya is that private cars is to be upgraded to double would have to be banned from tracks from the present single the city centre and possibly one. Whilst this may make it along promenade areas. The local authority members possible to use more trains, the promised to look in detail at the downside is that there could ramification and cost factors. be many more delays at the Banning private cars could numerous road crossings produce massive protest from mostly served by automated hardpressed businesses in barriers. As so often in transport issues, solving one central Pattaya and Jomtien. The investigating committee problem can simply throw up also noted on other railways others yet more dire.

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

LEGAL and extradition experts say that the chances of Thaksin Shinawatra, the self-exiled former prime minister and his wife, being deported from the UK to face criminal charges in Thailand are very small. Mr Thaksin has the resources to hire top lawyers in both countries as he will be playing for high stakes. At the heart of the legal issue is whether Mr Thaksin could expect a fair trial in Thailand for corruption and land scams.

The right to a fair trial is the most developed of all citizens’ rights in the UK and it will be the UK judiciary who will make a final decision on any request from the Thai authorities to send him back. The extradition treaty between England and Thailand dates back to 1911 and allows plenty of room for manoeuvring by clever lawyers. Thus Mr Thaksin has not been convicted of any offence. The argument is that he

DEPUTY city mayor Wattana Jantanawaranon opened the Pattaya youth ball games and the special prize of the Princess Somsawalee trophy in the physical education wing of Pattaya school number seven (Baan Nong Bpang Kare). skipped bail which nobody denies. Mr Thaksin says his accusers are politically motivated and a similar line of defence has worked in other high profile cases. Mr Thaksin’s lawyers can be expected to make the most of the differences between British and Thai law as they apply in his case. Continued on page 6

He said that Thai ball games were excellent as they publicised the image of Pattaya as a sports leader in the country. There were various categories for the various sports, including basketball and handball, and the champions were set to win 10,000 baht and the Princess Somsawalee Cup. There was a special section for the juvenile cups, with competitors aged under 16 and under 14, with champion titles for school kids of both sexes. Athletes from many provinces, not just from the eastern seaboard, turned up to participate.

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Auto submarine on public show at last Heroic taxi driver returns wallet to owner

NAMED “Krithong”, the submarine without a driver or captain, was shown to the public after five years of development of anti-mine technology. Admiral Weerawat Wongdontree and Professor Kiattikul arrived at the research tank of the Rachanawee Mahidol dock at the Royal Thai Naval Dockyard in Sattahip. The name “Krithong” derives from the mythological figure in literature with divine powers. The mini-sub can immerse up to 50 metres and has a surface speed of two knots and an underwater speed of three knots, being able to perform in action for up to four hours. The submarine will be used by

the navy for seeking out enemy craft and seeking mines in coastal waters. Professor Kiattikul said the auto-pilot submarine had the characteristics of an ordinary submarine but without size or personnel. The Thai navy doesn’t have submarines in service able to detect enemy underwater craft and testing of torpedo like objects has been under way since 2003. The pilot craft is equipped with sonar technology and is believed to be a market leader in its own right. Following tank trials, the “Krithong” will continue her tests at sea with simulated hostile conditions.

Navy joins training operation with Singapore

AT 16.00, on August 20th, Rear Admiral Damrongsak Haojaruen, Navy Commander in chief, Baywatch department, chaired the opening “Sing-Siam 2008”, the mixed operation course between Thai navy and Singapore navy, at Juk-Samed pier, Chong-samae-sarn, Sattahip, Chonburi. Capt. Sucheep Wangmaitree, Deputy Commanding Officer for Baywatch department, in his position of the director of mixed training operation between Thai Navy and Singapore Navy, with Capt. Timothy Lo, Commander

in Chief of 188 ships joined the opening. Capt. Sucheep Wangmaitree said that the operation is a mixed one on the surface in South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand by taking turns to be the host. The first operation was in 1981 and the purpose of the training has always been for developing a good relationship between the two countries. It is also a testing and evaluating course in order to improve the knowledge and experience and to be able to plan and supervise in

POLICE at Pattaya headquarters received the glad news on August 19 that a taxi driver, Mr Jakkarin Chamdet of Nakornsawan province, had found a wallet apparently belonging to a foreigner whom he had picked up at the Walking Street and dropped off at the Second Road. The wallet was discovered in the taxi and contained various vital documents as well as cash in Thai and American currency amounting to almost 20,000 dollars. As police and the taxi driver were conferring about what to do, the owner of the wallet walked into the police station and was delighted to find out there was no need to file a lost property report. Actually he cried for joy. The lucky fellow was Omani national Mr Hashim Essa, aged 50, who said he never expected to get anything back because human nature really has a black heart when push comes to shove. So this was a very pleasant surprise indeed. Mr Jakkarin gave a reward (unspecified) to the taxi driver communications and in controlling. The training operation was in three parts: the opening and at pier operation, ship manoeuvres and the finale. There were 6 ships joining the training including the Patani Royal ship, Racharit Royal ship and Phuket Royal ship. The ships from Singapore were: RSS Tenacious, RSS Victory and RSS. Independence. The training was at Sattahip gulf and Koh Samui, 20 – 26 August.

and told him he was an excellent example to follow in today’s grabbing society.




Marching band competition on September 6

A MEETING was held on August 14 to fix the date of the Marching Band of the East for the Princess’ Trophy on September 6 at Banglamung school sports field. This will be the third such event for concert or marching bands, but this is the first one with Royal sponsorship by way of the trophy. There will be several sections and age groups (up to age 22) with prizes on offer between

10,000 and 20,000 baht. The winner from the senior high school section would receive the trophy from princess Somsawalee. Evaluation by judges would include visual, marching, manoeuvring and musical tone quality. There is a plan to go national with this competition if the marching band scenario locally really takes off as it is surely scheduled to do.

Sleeping son injured by stone throwers

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Thaksin unlikely to be sent back for trial Is helping your wife to buy a plot of land in Bangkok in 2003 at a much lower than market value actually an offence

in Britain? Opinion is divided. Given that Mr Thaksin would be tried in Bangkok in the supreme court’s criminal division for holders of political positions, there is no chance of an appeal there. Defence lawyers will argue in the extradition case that it’s positively unfair not to have an appeal structure.

DONGTAN based police, led by police lieutenant colonel Chalermkiet Sirimak, were horrified to hear that a sleeping child had been injured in a trespassing case in Thepprasit Road. Driving at full speed, they reached the house and found Miss Aree Namthip, aged 26 and the owner of the house, holding her four year old son Ronakorn Ampaikul (Nong Dream) who had a serious wound on his left leg and was bleeding profusely. Miss Aree explained, after her son had been promptly sent for hospital treatment, that she was sleeping when she heard a motor bike pull up outside and a man’s voice urgently summoning her. Opening the door she recognised Mr Uen and Mr Wee who demanded the 2,000 baht they claimed to have loaned her earlier. She explained that she had

not yet had enough time to raise the cash but Mr Uen would not take no for an answer and tried to attack her. Fortunately, she managed to close and lock the front door which seemed to make her unwelcome visitors absolutely furious. In their annoyance, one of the ne’re-do-wells lobbed a brick through a window with the consequences already described. They then forcibly entered the premises and ransacked the place with gay abandon. They took away 1,050 baht lying on a table as well before riding off on motorbikes into the black night. Police tried to block the main roads but without beneficial result. However, the full names of the attackers are known to the authorities and an arrest is a distinct possibility, though by no means a certainty.

Certainly English law has no equivalent. It’s also true of course that England has a jury system initially to try criminal cases, but Thailand has a different way of doing things. In UK, immigration rules state that asylum is granted in

cases where applicants can prove that they will be persecuted in their own country on the grounds of race, religion, nationality or political opinion. The real point, of course, is just how hard the Thai authorities will push to get Mr Thaksin back. Maybe not all that hard.

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Bail scammers cheat copyright merchant The lust for cash is just insatiable

SENIOR police were informed by Miss Nipaporn Singsoda, aged 29 and from Nakornpathom province, that five men claiming to be tourist police officers had raided her clothing shop on Soi Yensabai and charged her with selling counterfeit dresses and accessories. Much of her stock was confiscated. A tall and skinny rascal, calling himself Mr Kraf, then appeared who claimed to be a reporter from a TV channel. He said he could sort everything out, as he was a man of influence, if she coughed up 40,000 baht. She said she could raise only 38,000 baht and the so called newsman said that was just fine. Some days later, a woman came to the denuded shop premises and said she was a bail agent who could help. She said

she knew all the police in the case and demanded a further 70,000 baht for expenses to make the whole situation go away quietly. Miss Nipaporn became very frightened at the prospect of looking at the world from behind prison bars and asked a relative to bring the extra 70,000 baht. A few days later, this woman appeared again and said that a further 35,000 baht was necessary as one or two other officials had put their noses in the trough and needed to be cut in. At this point Miss Nipaporn finally snapped and went to the police station to make a formal report and complaint. Investigators there said it might take a while to sort out this confusing tale and to determine whether the initial raid was actually conducted by real policemen or not.

Foot and mouth disease is a no-no NONG Nooch tropical gardens was the setting on August 21 for a seminar on foot and mouth disease attended by 500 livestock operators and farmers from the eastern seaboard and beyond. Veterinarian Sakchai Sriboonsue, director general of the department of livestock development, revealed that Thailand had a booming export market in meat products, making elimination of the disease essential for economic stability as well

as for reasons of health. The seminar also heard about government policy for foot and mouth disease if an outbreak should occur and heard from livestock operators about their problems in enforcing a “cordon sanitaire” if the worst were to happen. Strategies were focussed on preventing the spread of the disease, should it occur, and the need to “fence off” any farm or centre where animals started to die on any scale.

Cock owner injured in shooting A local man who was searching for his champion fighting cock was startled by a group of men on motorbikes claiming to be police officers. He was suspicious of their status and asked to see their ID, whereupon one of the varlets took out a gun and shot him in the leg before riding away. At Banglamung hospital Mr Surachai Jandip, aged 27, and his younger brother, said they were looking for the animal which had gone missing. Suddenly, they were harassed by four men on bikes with two

way radio communication. Mr Surachai explained he was looking for a cock but one of the so-called cops replied it was more likely he was looking for yaba. After the incident, the younger brother ran back to the house for assistance even as the gunmen rode away post haste. Mr Surachai stated he could not recognise the men as their faces were too dark at night. Police said they had a number of fake cop crimes to investigate and this one would be added to the list.

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Greg’s Kitchen launches new menu

GREG’S Kitchen, the popular international and British restaurant on Second Road

opposite Soi Yodsak, has just launched its first full colour photography menu in three languages English, Russian and Thai. “Every dish was photographed at the restaurant over a couple of months and each one appears in a professionally produced brochure,” said owner Greg Sulis. Amongst the features to attract attention is the Light Lunch menu, available from 11.00 a.m. to 5 p.m., which includes Chili Con Carni, or gammon steak or really special

cod fish cakes, all for 220 baht with no added service or gratuities charge. The great British or American breakfast is served all day, at 199 baht or 295 baht respectively, and even the heartiest eaters are unlikely to ask for a second go. Also included in the new style menu are many starters including a chunky prawn cocktail or breadcrumbed mushrooms at 195 baht, in advance of the main meals which cover pizzas, burgers, many British favourites, Australian steaks, European

cuisine, light curry corner, salads of every description, pasta, chunky sandwiches and special desserts. Try the lemon meringue pie or chocolate pudding or, if weight watching, the fruit salad. “In this line of business you have to keep up with the times,” explains Greg. “It’s important always to be on the lookout for something new and fresh. Already the three language, multi-colour text and photographs are proving to be a winner.” Greg’s Kitchen is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.

Good Samaritans arrest rogues at Bali Hai ON August 20 in the late afternoon, it was reported that a group of good Samaritans had detained three suspects who had stolen a motor bike at the Bali Hai pier. Police arrived to ascertain that all three wannabe thieves were aged just sixteen and all students in a vocational school studying mechanics or so they said.

The stolen property, one black Honda Wave S125, was confiscated as evidence and the trio were marched off to the grim surroundings of the police lockup in soi nine. All three youths admitted taking the bike but claimed they had become weary of walking around aimlessly and wanted to go for a pleasure drive to

brighten themselves up a bit. They also confirmed they had never done anything like this before so it was just a tale of Bad Luck to tell the whole truth. Unfortunately, some

bystanders had seen the theft, by using a skeleton key, and had apprehended the youths until the fuzz arrived in force. Game, set and match to the forces of law and order!

Purple urine is the clincher in campaign Fake yaba is found in child’s pram ON August 17, police and volunteers checked many entertainment and gin palaces in Pattaya to make sure that no laws were being broken by either the naive or the professionals. A number of women prostitutes and genderbender transvestites were arrested for selling their bodies,

or at any rate trying to, as well as amphetamine dealers and a couple selling DVDs without copyright authorisation. In another case, and an odd one at that, ex field army officer Mr Thongplew Glinkamhorm, aged 43, was arrested in South Pattaya as he pushed a pram with his one year old son inside.

However, this was a cover story and the cops found inside 5 tablets of fake yaba and one real one which were concealed in a foldable shade of the pram. Mr Thonplew explained to police that he had no work after he left the armed services and his life went from bad to worse even as debt and misery faced him every morning. As a consequence he

decided to sell yaba in order to buy food and clothes for his son. He had decided to use the pram to conceal the drugs as he was quite convinced that nobody would ever think of such a ruse. However, he is less sure now. Child welfare authorities will look after the babe whilst the dad is charged with drugs dealing.


Happy Anniversary HomeWorks HomeWorks, a major home improvement - product distributor, will invest 10 million baht to arrange another large promotion campaign to celebrate the 7th Anniversary during the last six months of 2008. Three highlight marketing schemes; “Discount, On-top discount and Cash back” will attract more customers and sub-contractors. The promotion “HomeWorks 7th Anniversary” will be held from 28 Aug - 24 Sept 2008 at every HomeWorks store, expected to receive 200 million Baht in sale revenue.

Mr. Pong Skuntanaga, Senior Vice President, CRC Power Retail Co., Ltd., HomeWorks’s operator unveiled Home Works th 7 Anniversary will offer customers and sub- contractors more than any promotion emphasizing “Discount, On-top discount and Cash back “ which are 1) Discount Special price item for entire store with discounts up to 80%, as well as hot priced items highlighted every seven days for example Fagor stove 4,990 Baht from12,021 Baht Dunlopillo 6” Bedding Mat 7,900 Baht from 26,600 Baht ABC Electric fan & light 8,580 Baht from 17,900 Baht More than 20 hot price items will be showcased for the whole month, furthermore, customers will enjoy many weekend activities for example cooking & D.I.Y. workshop and “Golden Minutes Discount for half price items”. 2) On-top discount in collaboration with Amex customer will receive 7% discount on-top with purchases of 10,000 Baht. 3) Cash back up to 14% on every purchase of 12,500-250,000 Baht, receive cash bonus worth up to 14,000 Baht. Customers will get more advantages when shop at Hardware, Kitchen and Bath. When customers purchase by Central Card , Central Mastercard and Robinson Visa card, receive cash bonus up to 36,500 Baht. Lastly, Pong says “Apart from these three marketing schemes, external factors such as government policy and decrease oil price will assure the company that “HomeWorks 7th Anniversary” will receive a very satisfactory feedback from customers and reach out target sale.”


Robber used Depressed Serbian car for crime national dies and sleeping too

BANGLAMUNG police arrested a man who had been robbing women as he drove around and then used the same car for his sleeping accommodation. Mr Thanapol Changprasert, aged 30, was arrested with a number of weapons including two knives, in his Toyota Corolla licensed in Chonburi. He confessed that he had been fired from his job in May and had lost his apartment as well as he was unable to pay the rent. He had to sleep in his car under the Krating Lai bridge but then hit on the idea of causing near accidents with his driving so that he could rob motor bike drivers and lonely women. For example, he would drive very close to the motor bike until the driver fell off. Sometimes, he

would pretend to go to the rescue of his victim before making a getaway with money or jewelry which did not belong to him. He said he had robbed about 10 victims in this fashion in the last two months. Several such victims had reported their misfortune to the police who were thus well aware that there was a “rammer” causing havoc on the area’s secondary roads. Following the release of an arrest warrant at Pattaya court, police had cornered Mr Thanapol and his Toyota after a tip off. The authorities are appealing for more witnesses to come forward if they believe they were the victim of this very odious type of illegal endeavour.

Alcazar driver takes poison to end it all Distressed that ex wife not interested

Police crack ice suspects in roundup POLICE colonel Noppodol Wongnom, superintendent of the city police, with his team of doughty subordinates arrested three ice users at the Nopakao hotel after an informer provided the necessary illuminating details. Mr Tosaporn Glomruetai, aged 22, and two associates were discovered to be trying to hide the incriminating stuff under a light bulb on the dressing room table.

All the suspects confessed their crimes but said they were just trying to brighten up their otherwise humdrum lives. Undercover cops also arrested two further suspects at a bungalow in central Pattaya and at Big “C” in south Pattaya. They were suspected of selling the hallucinatory crystals for profit but claimed they had little alternative as they needed the cash to have a good time.

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ON August 20, police investigators of considerable experience were notified that Mr Wit Kamgnarm, aged 34 and from Payao province, had taken poison and had passed on at the staff residence of the Alcazar company in the north Pattaya area. He had been employed as a driver. Mr Wit was lying quite still in a T shirt and trousers on the bed and there was distinct dribbling coming from his mouth. There was a suicide note on a desk in the room wishing everybody goodbye and good luck and thanking them for the good times in the past. Police took away this note as they said it was evidence. The brother

of Mr Wit, Theekawat Kamngarm, said he had gone to the house at 8 p.m. as he was worried about Mr Wit’s depressive mood. He was shocked to find that his relative was no longer of this earth. The ex wife of Mr Wit then showed up and said she had been with him for a year but that there were no children. However, they had broken off the relationship at her request but Mr Wit was unable to accommodate this bad news and phoned her begging for one last meeting. However, this did not occur until after the fatality has occurred. An autopsy will be held to determine what sort of poison was culpable.

CONCERNED police officers dashed to the View Talay Condominium, Thappraya Road, after learning the dreadful news that a farang had been discovered beyond mortal assistance in his flat. The corpse was Mr Ljubisa Beograd Srbija, aged 56 and from Serbia, and he was lying on the bed with anti depressants and a glass of water nearby. There were no signs of foul play or disturbance and the deceased’s girlfriend Miss Akara Boonjiem, aged 36, was crying on her knees in considerable anguish. She told investigators between tears that they had been living together for three years. However, Mr Srbija seemed to be very dependant on anti depressant pills and valium. Miss Akara said she had to leave her beloved on August 19

because she had urgent family business near the Cambodian border. This prospect of absence caused him to go into another fit of depression at being left on his lonesome. However, he had swallowed some more tablets she added. Miss Akara went on to say that she tried to phone him from Cambodia but the phone was unanswered for two days. Thus she raced back to Pattaya and found him on the bed looking very pale indeed. Initially she thought he was asleep but she knew otherwise when she touched him and received a stone cold sensation. The body was sent for autopsy but it’s likely that an overdose was responsible for the departure from our mundane world. Unless he had a heart attack which is another possibility.

Slaughterhouse operators face stricter monitoring On August 19 the Banglamung administrative head Mr Mongkol Thamakitikun chaired a meeting at the Banglamung district offices to explain to slaughterhouse men the new rules of operating. Mr Samart Butasasom, from the Banglamung animal department, gave a talk in which he said that 2004 had been food safety year and that, since then, the quality of the service had got better and better. Thailand exported a lot of animal food products for human consumption, he added, and the country was being monitored by all parties to see that it complied with the regulations for good manufacturing practice

and HACCP (hazard analysis critical point) which had been designed to provide good, clean meat which was safe for consumers. He explained that slaughterhouses have a series of stars for grading and Banglamung is lacking in this regard. The slaughterhouses have yet to reach level one, let alone level 3, and this situation was simply not good enough. Inspectors from the animal department would carry out checks in the next few months to ensure minimum standards were being adhered to. If they were not, then the long arm of the law would come knocking.

DOOR 2 DOOR LAUNCHES POCKET-SIZED MENU Door 2 Door, Pattaya’s longest established food delivery service, has just launched their new POCKET-MENU. It contains the food choices of 39 top restaurants in Pattaya with 3 new great eateries taking part. Das Berliner offers traditional German dishes, located in Soi 13 and has been established for more than 12 years. The Great American Rib Company, situated on Theprasit Rd, is the third outlet to be opened in Thailand and offers a superb range of the best ribs and delicious grills. The other new addition to join Door 2 Door’s impressive portfolio is Moooore’s Bar & Grill from the Marriott Hotel. This great pocket-sized menu can be picked up from many outlets all over Pattaya or simply call Door 2 Door on 038-720 222 and get one delivered to you. Door 2 Door “Trust them to bring you great food”

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Raimon Land wins Pprestigious CNBC Asia Property Award

BANGKOK - August 25, 2008 Luxury property developer, Raimon Land has won the "Best Developer Website Thailand" for at the CNBC Asia Pacific Property Awards 2008, the award adds to its growing list of international accolades. Local agency, Creative In-House, designed the site to promote Raimon Land's 851-unit Bangkok luxury condominium project, The River. The site provides a virtual tour that employs the latest computer generated image (CGI) technology and fish-eye lens photography, and it returns impressive average unique visitor figures of 2,570 per month. Raimon Land Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Cornick, said the CNBC website award recognises that Raimon Land's innovations in creativity, usability, functionality and design - all of which are values reflected in its luxury condominium developments - are setting new standards in upscale property developments. "The River's domain demonstrates the lengths to which Raimon Land will go to meet the needs of ever more demanding investors while raising the bar for high quality creative standards," said Mr Cornick. Launched in December 2007,

the website entices prospective customers through substantive content and informs them of The River's unique advantages. The clean and uncluttered design reflects The River's brand identity and atmosphere, while CGI technology takes virtual reality to the next level by rendering meticulous photographicquality 3D walkthroughs of the property that surpass animated simulations. "The site has proven to be particularly effective in attracting foreign buyers, and as a March 2007 pre-launch sales tool, helped generate THB2 billion in bookings within three days," added Mr Cornick. "Higher than expected take up at The River pushed sales over the THB7 billion mark in June this year, driving the project's total sales volume to 55.5% of the targeted THB12 billion, and more than THB800 million over the sales target to date." This year's CNBC Asia Pacific Property Awards is part of the International Property Awards programme, now in its 14th year. In 2007, Raimon Land's also won CNBC's International Property Award for "Best Developer Website Thailand".

BUSINESS NEWS Royal Cliff Beach Resort win the Best Awards of Excellence 2008

THE Royal Cliff Beach Resort has become the first hotel property in the world to win five ‘‘Best Awards of Excellence 2008” from New York’s Wine Spectator magazine, which is a new World Record! It is for the first time that five such awards are won by one hotel property in one calendar year anywhere in the world! The restaurants which won the coveted awards are Caprice Restaurant & Bar (Contemporary European), Larn Thong Restaurant (Classical Thai) Grill Room & Wine Cellar (International grilled specialities), Rossini (Italian Cuisine) and Chrysanthemum Palace (Cantonese Cuisine). The Resort was holding a world record set by winning three such awards in 2007. Now, it has broken its own record by bagging five awards this year. In 2007, Grill Room & Wine Cellar, Rossini and Chrysanthemum Palace have achieved the “Best of Award of Excellence”. Along with those three, Caprice Restaurant & Bar, Royal Wing & Spa, and Larn Thong Restaurant, Royal Cliff Grand & Spa, have been honored with the

Best of Awards of Excellence 2008. This unrivalled achievement has already been hailed by many wine enthusiasts, winemakers and wine writers around the world. The awardwinning restaurants offer over 1,000 fabulous wine labels. With ten of Pattaya’s best restaurants, dining at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort is like embarking on a tour of the world’s finest cuisines. The just received extraordinary recognition elevates the Resort as the world’s one and only property offering ultimate wining and dining indulgence – all under one roof! Photo shown the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Managing Director Mrs. Panga Vatha- nakul (1st row centre), General Manager Mr. Alexander Haeusler (1st row 3rd right), Deputy General Manager Mr. Ranjith Chandrasiri (1st row 4th right), Food & Beverage Director Mr. Paitoon Ritdej (1st row 4th left) and Executive Chef Walter Thenisch (1st row 3rd left), proudly hold the FIVE Best of Award of Excellence 2008 certificates, while senior executives and staff of the Resort celebrate the unrivalled achievement with a champagne toast.

True IPTV expands entertainment at home

General Motors boost Rayong More English language programmes

GENERAL Motors is preparing to invest 15 billion baht in a diesel engine plant and production line retooling in Thailand as part of a longer term strategy for growth in emerging markets. The new plant in Rayong will supply diesel engines for Colorado pickup trucks, taking the place of the local Isuzu diesel engine factory, as GM has divested its holdings in the Japanese automaker. Slated to begin production in 2010, the plant will make 2.5 and 2.8 litre engines for small pickups and would have the capacity of more than 100,000 units annually. It would initially employ 340 workers. The 14,492 square metre facility will be GM’s first diesel engine plant in south east Asia and will be located next to the assembly plant that opened in 2000 and now

employs 2,000 people. GM said the remaining investment would be used for engineering development and retooling of the vehicle manufacturing plant in Rayong as well as production of the next generation Colorado small pickup for sale in Thailand and abroad. GM and its flagship Chevrolet brand would become stronger players across Asia, according to GM chief executive Rick Wagoner at a ceremony in Rayong. Industry minister Mingkwan Sangsuwan, who attended the event, said Thailand would be in a position to produce two million vehicles annually within five years, given the continued investment and rising demand for locally built vehicles in Thailand and export markets. He added that the

TrueIPTV has announced a new entertainment, news and knowledge experience on TV through broadband technology to both Thais and expatriates. Availability of the new service has begun as a result of the revamp of TrueIPTV which is focussing on the concept of “We speak to you in your own language.” Customers who live and work in Thailand are now able to view more of the world’s leading TV channels such as EuroNews channel with government’s long term plan was for Thailand to become a leader of the next generation of vehicles and fuels for local and global marketplaces. That includes the production of eco-cars that use less fuel and the increased promotion of alternative fuels.

bi-lingual programmes in English and French, Deutsche Welle infotainment transmitted directly from Germany in the German language, Australia Network for all the latest happenings down-under, as well as Ariang news in Korean transmitted daily from the peninsula and Fox News, Nat Geo Wild and movie world channels. And there’s even more for both Thais and foreigners who like music and are fond of singing. They can now enjoy karaoke anytime of the day in the privacy of their own home with family and friends via Karaoke on Demand from TrueIPTV. It’s also another way to economize on transportation and entertainment expenses. There’s more information about TrueIPTV’s new service on




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New branch for Krung Hospital visits sea rescue A day with the carers Thai bank in Pattaya

THE international marketing team from Bangkok Hospital Pattaya visited the Pattaya city sea rescue at Bali Hai to discuss further promotion of the resort as a safe tourist destination.

Star visits Minus 5 Icebar DISTRICT officers from Banglamung officially declared open the new Krung Thai bank at Central Festival Centre, North Pattaya, on August 18, when the ribbon was indeed cut. Services include depositing and withdrawing money, new accounts with ATM card provided, utility payments and money transfers domestically and internationally. Open daily 11.00 a.m. – 20.00 hours, the office is well served by general manager Boonsong Jittrarat.

THE international team from the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, led by Khun Neera, attended the Mercy Center to assist the carers celebrate Mother’s Day with the orphan youngsters.

Cuddly Alan becomes platinum sponsor

CAT Telecom changes image JESSY - Danai Tunthanasiriwong, popular TV actor from Polyplus Entertainment, recently visited the -5 Icebar and Restaurant with friends and was welcomed by restaurant manager Chureerat and public relations head Pabhada.

Familiarisation trip at Montien

ALAN Bolton, of Alan Bolton Property Consultants, agrees to become the second platinum sponsor of the gala dinner of the Charity Club to be held at Marriott Resort and Spa next January. He is seen here with the Club's founder and leading light Christina Boden.

50,000 baht more raised for charities

AT the Andara ballroom, Amari Ocean Tower & Resort Hotel, Mr. Patthana Na Songkla (CAT Telecom) announced for the 5th anniversary that CAT ready to change its marketing to assist communication and concentrate its strategies on customers' expectations in a new orange and grey smart logo.

New fun with guns but safety first!

PRAKORN Srisook, executive assistant at Pattaya's Montien hotel, welcomed delegates on a travel agents' TG/ROH familiarisation inspection trip held recently.

Grand opening at Red Palm

THE annual tombola and pool competition at Panorama bar, Boyztown, raised 50,000 baht for Pattaya Gay Festival charities. Prizes were donated by Oscars, Boyz Boyz Boyz, Poseidon Hotel, 87 Print, Copa Showbar and Funny Boys. Here Oscar’s manager David bestows the cup and cheque for 10,000 baht on the winner of the singles competition from a list of 32 entrants.

Orn Place now in operation HERE is an ideal activity that will suit all people as the guns are easy to use. These fire only a beam of light, so there are no messy paint balls or heavy protective clothing to wear. The guns have a lot of electronics and a sound system that makes different sounds for hits & shots fired, plus there are models to suit everyone from young kids to even the elderly. This gun based “Live Play” entertainment is not promoted as a military combat game, but rather as a team sport. The new “Live Play” park is located off the eastern side of Sukhumvit at Na-Jomtien, opposite the entrance to the Elephant Village. AMERICAN Mr Keith Adam, owner of the Red Palm guesthouse on Soi Khao Talo (beside Wanthip Village) invited guests and friends to a buffet and drinks to celebrate the official opening. At present, there is a discount voucher system in operation for food purchases with rooms available daily or monthly.

ORN Place in Soi Honey Inn, Second Road, was visited by mayor Ittiphol Kunplome (who cut the ribbon) to mark the official opening of Orn Place. There are 36 rooms in the guesthouse in a good location and at reasonable rates.

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Royal Cliff welcomes Homeworks tourism officials thank Pattaya Today

BANGKOK headquarters and Pattaya branch management staff of Homeworks, the DIY specialists, paid a visit (with their famous mascot) to the Pattaya Today offices to thank the newspaper for its support over the years. Homeworks is also celebrating its seventh year of successful business.

Oasis Spa marked half a decade

THE Oasis Spa management team led by Mr. Toby Allen and Pakin Ployphicha (center front row) together with staff recently hosted lunch for more than 200 elderly at Thampakorn Foundation - Chiangmai to mark its 5th Anniversary on 20 August 2008. The caring activities included Relaxing Aromatherapy, fun games and contributed gifts of necessities.

Charity rice for monks and children

THE Lion Somsak Naksont House, south Pattaya, was the setting for the Lions Club and Rotary to offer food for monks and for 150 children of Pattaya schools five and six and the one in Soi Nernplabwan.

Royal Cliff general manager Alexander Haeusler (2nd row, 3rd right) welcomes tourism delegates from 18 South American countries who are on a study and fact finding tour at the invitation of the Thai tourist authority and the ministry of foreign affairs.

Bruno’s charity dinner raises nearly 200K baht

OVER 50 diners at the Pattaya Gay Festival charity dinner at Bruno's restaurant raised 195,000 baht for aids/hiv sufferers and other nominated causes. General cash donations were received from Exotiq, Bruno's, Neal Bernard and 3B Assoc. Raffles and money from ticket sales were also excellent. Here PGF stalwart James Lumsden, standing, hands over a top prize to a diner.

Blood donors at local hospital

AN event was organised at the Bangkok Pattaya hospital through the Lions network for the public to donate some blood on Mother’s Day 2008. Many people turned up to donate some blood to be used in emergency and serious hospitalisations.

New city information office

Car club in charity drive

MEMBERS of the vehicle loving Expedite Modern Car Club visited Jing Jai orphanage to provide rice, dry food, kitchen equipment, soap and toothbrushes for 65 children. The Car Club now has around 50 members.

DEPUTY mayor Wuthsak Ruemgijkarn hosted a ceremony at the former public health offices in soi Yodsak, now vacated for pastures new, to announce that the building will convert to a Pattaya city information, news and community centre on behalf of the local authority.


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by Peter Lloyd

AFTER nearly a month away, it’s nice to be back in Patta. Unusually, that’s not a typo. It’s the current name on that waste of space and money

Safari like this in City Hall? Anyway, unfortunately I couldn’t write for the last edition of the paper as I have been in Africa for almost

King of the Serengeti

illuminated sign shamefully hanging over Pattaya Bay telling everyone who visits here that the city does not have enough pride or competence to

a month. I am not sure what to make of my usual page being given over to a review of a book about Adolph Hitler, but no doubt many readers were

Inside the Ngorongoro Crater

fix it, or that it is too poor to afford the lightbulbs. Does anyone have any responsibility for huge embarrassments

delighted to have something more substantial to dwell on for a change. I took my daughter on a

safari in Northern Tanzania then spent 10 days scuba diving and bumming around on beaches in Zanzibar. It was a half posh, half backpacking trip, and it was superb. We had great fun. Spending a whole month in my 15 year old daughter’s company was bound to bring some surprises, shocks and disappointments. Unfortunately they were all on her side as I revealed my worst to her. For instance one morning as she hogged the bathroom, I was in micturating desperation to use the loo and ended up using a water bottle instead. On another night my traditional nightcap was threatened by the lack of a glass in our room. Being too tired to go to the bar for one, and instead employing lateral thinking, I unscrewing a deodorant container top, washed it out and used that for a brandy nightcap. I told her it smelled like a cocktail, but she remained unimpressed. Apart from the magnificence of the Serengeti and African landscapes and the big game, many of my chief memories are of small things. At one game lodge where we stayed, I saw an Italian guy try to scare a small female monkey scrounging for food. Unscared, it rushed at him, and he did what Italians do best, and ran away screaming as the small monkey chased after him,

Zanzibar I DON’T know what it is about Zanzibar, but the laid back nature of the place, its Arab, Portugese, British colonial and African architectural traditions and strange African/Moslem/

Mediterranean vibe all combine to make it a wonderful place. I always enjoy walking around the streets Stone Town, its main city, and looking at the buildings, or having a beer and watch-ing the sun sink

Zanzibar wild dolphins

over the continent of Africa, just a few miles from its coast. The beaches are up there

much to the amusement of many onlookers. At another lodge I saw a large, alpha male baboon turn the corner of a corridor, to be confronted by a group of 6 people walking towards it. I saw it all ahead of me and started reaching for my camera. The baboon didn’t think twice and, screaming horribly, it attacked. The corridor filled with loud human and baboon screaming, terrified (human) faces, and panic, until one Dutch guy ran at it and hit it with a small rucksack, which made the baboon flee through an open door. This certainly gave a new meaning to spanking a monkey, but it was an impressive confrontation. One morning we woke up early, drew back the curtain and

herd of Wildebeest

found a large male elephant right outside our window, eating. It

was an incredible sight. The next morning outside our window was a herd of buffalo. This is the second time I have

killed animal. As we watched, vultures began to circle, before descending to scare away the cheetahs, by swooping

Did you look at my bird?

done a safari, and I can recommend Tanzania for anyone interested – Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Lake Manyara. All of them are fabulous places. In our first hour on the Serengeti we saw more action than in the rest of the two days put together. Having seen the lions above (see photo), we then saw a cheetah and two cubs eating a recently-

down, pretending to take one of the cubs. The cheetahs ran off, a huge pack of vultures descended on the kill, and then began squabbling in cartoon fashion. Just as we were about to leave, we couldn’t believe our eyes when a big male lion, in exactly the same few metres of ground, suddenly rushed from nowhere and killed a gazelle right in front of us. It was astonishing.

Another Tragic Death WHILST I was almost incommunicado on safari, I received a call from my wife in Thailand, who informed me of the tragic death of a friend of ours, who was also the fiancee of one of my closest Thai friends, who was a bridesmaid at our own wedding. Maybe some readers read of the recent Thai air force helicopter crash in the south of Thailand where 10 people died. This was the second such crash in with the best in the world, and the scuba diving is excellent. This was my third successful visit to swim with wild dolphins off the coast (see photo). An amazing encounter, but because they are a wild pod, there is no guarantee they will be around. However, when they are, the dolphins seem as interested in humans as we are in them.

Thailand this year from an ageing fleet of Vietnam-era Huey helicopters, and both were caused by aircraft malfunctions. Unfortunately the recent one was being piloted by our friend, Pob, an experienced flight lieutenant, who died along with all the other people on board. He was only 33 years old,but he looked 10 years younger, and he was so unassuming, and

unfailingly polite, that I at first could not believe he was a heli-copterpilot in the air force. What contributed to this personal tragedy was the fact that he and his fianc?e had set a date to marry next January after a 14 year long relationship, after he had obtained a significant promotion due later this year. RIP. Contact me on pattayatoday

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The downside of Pattaya The case for Thaksin I HAVE been bringing tourists from Australia, men and women up to 25 at a time, every four months or so. We have had some minor problems, for example alcohol related, minor injuries on hired bikes and being annoyed by lady boys on the beach road, but nothing really serious until last week. One of my tourists, aged 73, was robbed of his wallet in a baht taxi, not only his money and credit cards, but also some treasured photos of his late wife. No wonder Pattaya is getting a bad name overseas when tourists take these tales back to their home. When I get back to Sydney I will certainly be writing to all the papers to warn others about the dangers here in Pattaya. In future I’m going to advertise trips to Phuket. B.J. Ward

Odd water bills I COULD hardly believe your front page story (Pattaya Today, August 16) that all houses and villas would have free water bills for a period of six months. I am an affluent farang by most standards and most of my neighbours are in the same position. It seems rather odd that the government should pay our water bills in the name of wanting to help poor Thai people at a time when inflation is rising. The house I live in is worth around eight million baht so our family can hardly qualify as poor. Yet, oddly, if you happen to live in a condo, very different rules apply. You have to visit the water office and you won’t get the free water unless you pay less than three thousand baht a month in rent. What on earth is the logic of paying all bills delivered to houses but only to the most modest of condo dwellings? I also imagine that because people don’t have to pay for their water for the next few months, they are likely to squander this valuable resource. In spite of some steady rainfall in the last few months, you have only to visit Mabprachan lake to see that the levels are lower than they ought to be at this time of the year. At a time when we should be conserving water, the government comes up with a scheme to encourage it to be wasted! Whatever next? Name and address supplied

YOUR news editorial (Pattaya Today August 16), entitled the minuses and pluses of the ex PM, was almost entirely negative. I have no particular axes to grind but I feel a sense of balance is needed in any recent history assessment of this politician. Firstly, we need to remember that he has not actually been convicted of any offence and claims that the court system is biased against him. Maybe it is. I simply don’t know. After all, the government here certainly made it very easy for him and his wife to escape to the UK by agreeing they could travel freely. One could argue the powers that be willed the couple to go. The years 2001-2006, the Thaksin era, were very bright ones for Thailand in the economic sphere. Many of the policies Thaksin introduced may have been populist, but they certainly made a difference, for example the almost free health scheme and the funds to improve living conditions in a thousand villages. Thaksin was also the first prime minister of Thailand to reform the administration along chief executive lines. He started to run Thailand like a business. During the Thaksin years, tourist numbers went to new highs and the property market expanded with them. My own opinion, when the history books come to be written, is that the Thaksin years were better for most Thai people than the governments which preceded them or came after. Harold Knowles

Pattaya getting better AS someone who has been coming to Thailand for 20 years, I just wanted to point out that Pattaya is becoming more attractive all the time. Yes, I realise there are problems – pollution, street crime and some pretty overcrowded roads. Frankly, you are going to get difficulties like this in a resort which has quadrupled in size over the past few years. The same thing has occurred in cities the world over. But let’s also remember the success side of Pattaya. There is now a choice of excellent restaurants to rival any world city of this size, not to mention the high quality malls with more to come over the next couple of years. The sports facilities are also second to none with many golf courses within an hour’s journey away. The standard of accommodation has also risen a lot with prices still reasonable, particularly if you do some research and comparison. Credit should also be given to the local authorities. There has been a lot of investment in the right places, especially ring roads nearing completion, and some beautification projects. Many areas of Pattaya, for example Suksabai Villa, have recently had their public roads resurfaced. Of course, there’s much yet to do and there are certainly some eyesores. But let’s keep a sense of proportion. Pattaya is still great! Sam Shore

Pattaya Today News Editorial Airline industry needs help THE world’s airlines, and they decidedly include Thailand’s, are struggling against the odds because of rocketing fuel prices (howbeit tempered by some decline of late) which have led to a slowdown in international travel for both business and pleasure. Many indeed would argue that high fuel costs have done more to damage the industry than the whole range of black marks of recent years including terrorism, bird flu and wars. The figures speak for themselves. The international air transport association, IATA, estimates that instead of making a profit of US$4.5 billion profit this year, the industry is likely to end up losing a massive US$6.1 billion if the oil price for the year averages 135 dollars a barrel. Actually, the average for August 2008 was a bit less, but the overall picture is one of gloom. In the last few months, at least 25 airlines have gone bust or filed for bankruptcy, whilst it’s an open secret that many others are struggling to make ends meet. The airlines themselves are doing a lot to cut costs. Fuel efficiency has improved by 19% and distribution costs by 25%. Some airlines are experimenting with charging customers – mainly in cattle class – for blankets, meals, earphones and other service products that used to be free. The early signs are that the travelling public will indeed pay up. The problem remains that all these savings are chicken feed when set beside a tripling of fuel costs in the last two years, most of it in the period since March 2008. And there’s a lot at stake: 32 million jobs in the industry worldwide, 2.3 billion travellers in the sky every year and 3.5 trillion dollars of global business. The whole enterprise of world travel and the airline industry is almost too big to compensate. Thailand itself is intimately involved if only because of its dependence on the international travel market. Last year the kingdom recorded 14.46 million international arrivals, an increase of nearly 5% on 2006, and revenue of 547 billion baht which was an increase of 13% on the previous twelve month period. Within Thailand itself, there were 83 million domestic trips with a total revenue of 380 billion baht. Next year, the Thai tourist authority expects 16 million international arrivals. At the moment it looks like this target will not be matched as 90 or so airlines, which do most of the ferrying of people in and out of the country, are forced to reduce, suspend or merge flights. Suvarnabhumi, one of the busiest airport hubs in the region, handles 550 international flights and 170 domestic flights every day. 97,500 international passengers are processed by immigration every single day, a huge enterprise. This is why a great deal of cooperation is now required to minimise the effects of the global oil price crisis. Thus the airports authority of Thailand needs to consider cutting or waiving landing and parking fees for at least 12 months. There needs to be a review of the concession fees imposed on ground handlers to ensure that they are actually passed on to the airlines. The current system whereby airlines have to bear the cost of overtime for immigration and customs staff at the airport, not to mention the printing costs of landing and departure cards, also needs to be examined critically. At this time of crisis, the airlines need all the assistance they can get from the state authorities.



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“Good Will” of your Thai wife shall never die Foreign husband can be a Legatee of his Thai Wife

By: Mr. Ponthep Werachon, Thai Solicitor & Mrs. Darunee Werachon, Thai Solicitor & Accountant of WERACHON LAW OFFICE, 448/17 Thepprasit Rd, Pattaya, (038) 300967, (081)4234255, e-mail:thai@, Reading room about Thai laws A THAI wife can make a last will and testament to bequeath her estate even the piece of land and house to her foreign husband. The last will and testament will preclude all her other heirs or her Thai family to share the estate with her foreign husband. The ownership of land can be put in the name of her foreign husband as the executor of estate. The right of inheritance for a foreign husband is not restricted by the laws of the Kingdom of Thailand. In case Thai wife dies without preparation of her last will, her foreign husband will have to share the estate with her other heirs which can be children or your step-children

and her parents. Some Thai women married to foreigners may have nearly a dozen children from her previous husband (s). If she is childless, the husband will have to share the estate with her parents or even brothers or sisters if she has no parent. The will can solve this problem. Common Law Wife and Husband (Concubinage) or Life Partnership Thai laws do not acknowledge either cohabitation without registration of the marriage or common law wife and husband. In this case, each of them will not be entitled to devolution of estates as statutory heir, the will can absolutely solve their problem, and other wise the circumstance of life partnership must be proved if it is not so obvious. A life partnership is the case of a common law wife and husband living together and ostensibly treat each other as wife and husband. They jointly work and earn their living together. The properties earned during their cohabitation can be shared on partnership basis. However, there are a lot of facts,

which must be ascertained by the Court. Funeral Arrangement Some Thai common law wives cannot arrange for the funeral of their common law foreign husbands. Most embassies will keep the corpse of their nationals in the police hospital, in order to find their relatives in their native countries. It is very tragic that the common or de facto wife in Thailand cannot do anything. To avoid this tragic situation, you may mention in the will that your common law wife can arrange for the funeral. Taxation There is no tax for succession or inheritance or “Death Tax”. If the deceased has not any income in the year of death, it is not required to file a personal income tax return (Phor.Ngor.Dor. 91) of the deceased. The executor of estate will be a person responsible for filing in case of necessity. There is no requirement to block the estate by the government except special circumstance. Verbalized Will A will may be verbalized in case the testator is going to die

causing him not able to make the will by other ways. There must be at least two witnesses who are required to report promptly to the District Chief to notify the date and details of the will. The Chief District will note down and ask the witnesses to sign. The Executor of Estate The testator may appoint the executor of estate, which can be the heir or any third parties. The executor of estate will compile the estate to allocate to the legatees. Trustee The concept of trustee is not acceptable by Thai laws. However, to safeguard the interest of minor heirs, you may set forth a condition to prohibit the sale or disposal of real estate until your heirs become major at the ages of 20 years old, or even appoint a controller of estate, which can be either individual or corporate to look after until your minor heir becomes major. Probate of Will In Thailand, there is no out-of-court system to probate the will instead of going to the judicial process. However, in our experience, we have always

found some banks agree to pay to the legatee who have a clear and precise will and is legally reliable by local notarization. The Court Process to recognize the will, which is clear, precise and legally reliable, will be one-stop. The petition to probate the will is a non-contentious process unless there is a contest by the third party. If there is no contestation, the Court will verify the authenticity and form of the will especially witnesses who will have to testify in Court for the mental and voluntary status of the testator. If case the testator and legatees are foreigner, the identity must be checked by their passport. Contestation of the Will The will may be contested by the statutory heirs who are disappointed by the will. The contestation must be made within one year from the date of awareness. In case of contestation, the probate process will become contentious whereby the litigants will have to prove the facts they assert. The contestation is always on the mental and voluntary status. It is advisable to make the will with the medical practitioner

and psychiatrist or shrink who will make the affidavit with the video or photos showing that the testator was of sound mind without fraud or duress. The qualified notary public should be also the witness for the execution of the will. The Court will have a judgment in your favor or dismiss the petition. If the judgment is in your favor, you may show to the bank or land office to hand over money or transfer the land and house to you. If you are foreigner, you have to seek a permission from the Minister of Interior to hold the land not more than one rai (please see the details in the Land Code). Jurisdiction of the Will The testator should seek the proper advice from the local solicitor about the jurisdiction of the will. Each country has her own unique laws and requirement. The legal booby traps under Thai law should be carefully verified. Language of the Will The will can be made in any language. If it is made in Thai and another language, the Thai version will be prevailing. The English language with the Thai translation is widely acceptable by Thai courts. Please note that a will is a juristic act, which will be effective after the death of the testator who will have no chance to be aware if it is good or bad. It is advisable to study and discuss further details in any specific issues with the competent legal counsel to obtain the first hand information.

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Talk of the Town Death and Deceit on the Nile Indian by Nature has a ‘first’ INDIA by Nature, the premier Indian restaurant in Jomtien, is presenting the Pattaya Players’ production of Death and Deceit on the Nile, by Peter DePetro, on Saturday September 6 and Sunday September 7 (tickets still available only for the Sunday presentation at the time of writing). It’s an interactive murder mystery dinner, directed by Ray Lightbown, and something really different. Tickets from or from the restaurant. The special menu for the mystery play is herbed spinach and smoked tomato pepper soups, various appetizers, chicken diruba or Kashmiri fish or vegetarian option, Gajar Halwa pie with chocolate sauce and tea or coffee. The inclusive price of the meal and the performance is 1,300 baht. The last few tickets for the Sunday event only were available when we went to press, but best to hurry! """""" The public health ministry has targeted 2 million farang patients to contribute annual medical receipts of 80 billion baht by 2010. There will be a concentrated attempt to promote Thailand as a medical service hub in competition with Singapore and India. The problem is that there could well be a shortage of good doctors in the Thai public sector as the experts are attracted by the higher salaries servicing foreigners. """""" Indeed, as promised, most houses in the Pattaya area are receiving water bills overprinted with the message

that the “Government will bear the burden”. So no need to pay. The discretion continues until January 2009. The general idea was

There’s a pilot going on to allow free electricity for homes using the benchmark of under 80 units of power per month. To get down

to alleviate the financial burden on poor Thais during a time of high inflation, but quite a number of well to do farangs have benefitted too. """""" Strange how the newspapers are full of stories about flooding in Thailand and it certainly seems to have been raining hard in the Pattaya area. Yet the water trucks are out in force in several parts of the city and reports say that Mabprachan reservoir is lower than usual for this time of the year. TIT syndrome again! """""" It’s not all contraction on the airline front. There are new air services between Australia and Thailand which will increase the number of weekly flights from 35 to 40 in Boeing 747-400 equivalents. More than 80,000 Thais visited Australia last year with a further 225,000 travellers en route transiting via Thailand. """"""

that low you’ll not to have to use air con units and avoid use of rice cookers or even computers. Unlike the water discretion, the electricity one really is for the genuinely poor, the folk who typically manage on the minium wage of around 200 baht a day. """""" The Ford motor company has confirmed plans to build the new Fiesta subcompact cars at the Rayong plant next year, following the start of production of the models at its plant in Germany this month. The Rayong plant is under construction to increase domestic production by at least 100,000 cars per year for export. In addition to the Fiestas, the first of a generation of new global small Ford cars, the subcompact Mazda 2, will be built at the plant. """""" A farang went for an interview for a job he heard was for “press control”. This was very much in his sphere of competence as he had handled dozens of journalists in his native Australia and knew exactly how to keep the buggers in line. However, at the interview in Pattaya, he was faced with questions about the hiding places of cockroaches and the antics of brown ants. The job was actually “pest control”.

PUBLIC NOTICE Mr Albert Edward Weaver wishes to point out that recent media publicity, including a news item in Pattaya Today, was inaccurate in certain respects. In particular, he states that all charges of illegally selling stimulants have been dropped and that his Toyota car has been returned to him. Mr Weaver adds that, in any case, he was totally unaware that buying stimulants in bulk on behalf of friends is potentially illegal under Thai law.

Good to know there’s a difference. """""" There’s going to be a lot of fuss about extraditing Thaksin from UK to stand trial in Thailand, but it’s mostly hype. As the exPM well understood before investing heavily in the British property market and Manchester City football club, the 1911 treaty which governs extradition between the two countries is full of holes. And it was certainly never intended for the case of a refugee accused of dubious land deals. Just watch and see as the whole matter becomes bogged down in judicial red tape. """""" Immigration buffs please note. You do need to have evidence with you when recording your Thai address for a long visa or for registering every 90 days. What you need is a document tying you in with the address, eg an old style

driving licence, a house registration document, a bill addressed to you, a rental agreement, a condo ownership document and so on. If all such items are in your Thai wife’s name, then take along your marriage certificate. Immigration may want to keep a photocopy of the document you submit. """""" A better idea than carrying around your passport all the time as ID – you might lose it – is to get a laminated, miniature copy of the page with your personal details & photo and also the one with your current visa. Then, if you are asked by the police who you are, you will have the details to hand. After all, anyone can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. """""" We like Valentino’s the Italian restaurant next to Foodland on Central Road. They bake their own bread

(delicious bruschetta for instance) and their thin crust pizzas are spot on... For a really cheap Indian meal, but the real thing, try Al Firdous, the open air (more or less) cafe near the temple in soi 17. That’s where many Indians eat in the South Road area which is always a good sign... We keep being asked which restaurant has the best selection of international, vegetarian food in town and we are sticking with The Amor in Pattayaland soi 3. """""" A reader writes that you know you’ve been in Pattaya too long when the Indian tailors’ barkers on beach road ignore you as you walk past. Or when you don’t stop any more to gawp at the scene of a minor traffic accident. Or when you stop writing to the newspapers about being ripped off by baht bus drivers. Amen to that.


by Bee McConville YES, there is a male loser born every minute and many of them seem to make it over to the Land of Smiles! Yet another hapless Thai/ Western marriage has bitten the dust and made it into the western press due to the early departure of the husband through a deathly bludgeoning by his wife and her lover. Do these men never learn? Maybe I am being a little hard hearted but if we look at the general scenarios that are played out in the bars in downtown Pattaya time and time again one might think that even the most mentally challenged man would actually realise what is going awry – see below: 1. Aging, balding, fat, male non-looker wanders into a bar to find a ‘friend’ who will share a drink with him. 2. ‘Friend’ appears within two seconds and flatters sad male by saying how sexy he is and how much she likes him. 3. Sad male believes her because she makes him feel good (his ex-wife only ever complained about his snoring, smelly socks and lack of basic personal hygiene.) 4. ‘Friend’ offers to keep sad male company because he is really special and not

like any of the other men she has ever met. 5. Sad male believes her because she makes him feel good and he likes the way she puts her arm around him and calls him ‘goodlooking.’ 6. ‘Friend’ becomes more of a friend and is happy to spend all her time with male if he pays her ‘bar fines.’ 7. Sad male starts to fall in love with ‘friend’ because she makes him feel good


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One truly born every minute and because she appears to have multiple orgasms every time they make love and tells him he is the best lover she has ever had. 8. Sad male eventually

from home and is being flattered by a total stranger from an alien culture who speaks a language that he can neither speak nor understand. In the cold grey light of dawn this behaviour

marries ‘friend’, opens a joint account, buys a house in which to live with her and sends money to her family so they don’t have to starve or live in a ditch any more. 9. Sad male suddenly finds that the joint account is empty and that the house is not in his name – he has no money left so his ‘friend’ and her family disown him. 10. Sad male returns home wondering where it all went wrong. There is an alternative scenario which replaces the first two steps with a sad male desire to ‘rescue’ a poverty stricken young maiden who has been forced into prostitution by wicked people, but the story line remains the same from step 3 onwards. Now I have said this before and will say it again, loud and clear: if this scenario were to play out back home then we would not get past step 1. No self-respecting western woman is going to sit and flatter a miserable loser and tell him he’s a good looking sex god when it is blatantly untrue. And even if it did actually happen, then he is not going to believe it for one moment as he only has to look in the mirror to see that god’s gift to women is not staring back at him. So why on earth does he choose to believe it when he is thousands of miles

beggars belief. Likewise, imagine if gender roles were swapped: no western woman would believe a strange man if he told her that, although he has only known her a week, she is the best woman he has ever spent time with and he would like to marry her, let her buy him a house, pay off his family and stick the remains of her savings into a joint account. And if she were tempted for even one moment to believe the young lothario’s sweet-talk then I am sure her friends would immediately talk some sense into her and remove her sorry ass to the nearest

safe house at least one continent away. I am not saying that relationships between foreign men and Thai women are all bad. I personally know a number of couples in mixed marriages who have lived together for many years and who have successfully raised happy families together. However, these couples are in very equal relationships where respect is given on both sides. And, it has to be said, these long-lived relationships were not born in a beer bar; these couples met at the office, at university, during a conference, in a restaurant ….. in fact anywhere where you might reasonably expect to find a partner in your own country and culture. Nevertheless, the losers keep coming and don’t seem to learn from others’ mistakes. It would appear that the British Embassy in Bangkok processes marriage documents for around 70 couples per week and, of these, the majority of the men are over 50. No statistics are kept on the number of failed marriages between farang men and Thai women but, where the couple met in a less than salubrious venue, you do not have to be Einstein to work out that most of the relationships end in tears, or, at the very worst, in a funeral after a violent end!

Warm Chocolate! WHY is it that, here in a country which offers so, so much, I can’t get my chocolate to be the perfect consistency? It’s absolutely no problem in the UK where I can leave my chocolate bar out on the kitchen work surface and know that it will always be just right,unless global warming has heated up the country to a rare 28 degrees centigrade when my chocolate may become a tad softish, but that is still a very rare event. You know that back home you can buy your Galaxy or Cadbury’s Dairy Milk from the local newsagent, where it can be found out in the open on a

shelf rather than lingering and turning white in the fridge, and you can look forward to sinking your teeth into the creamy chocolate without either breaking your dentures or getting covered in soft goo. Sadly, this is not the case locally. Here, you have a choice of putting the bar into the fridge and then finding it’s so hard that you can hardly taste the chocolate at all, or leaving it out and finding that it just smears all over the place so becomes less than satisfying. And it’s only just a degree or two between perfect and that messy state when you can’t get the

wrapper off without squeezing the bar into a rather rude shape and then finding that the tin foil has sunk right into the softness and you have to use your finger nails to get it off, or else it goes into your mouth well disguised under a brown layer of smear and, once inside the mouth, sets all your fillings off so you have to try to locate it with your coated tongue and then remove it along with a thick thread of chocolaty spit and dribble. And then what on earth do you wipe your fingers on as there is never anything conveniently close and you can’t really wipe your fingers on your t-shirt

or jeans or shorts as then you will have a brown trail along the garment which might easily be mistaken for something akin to a skid mark! So if there is some clever person out there who can invent something that will keep my favourite chocolate bars in pristine condition and with perfect consistency then please let me know before I feel obliged to give up on ever enjoying a satisfying choccie bar and resort to eating Milky Moos instead! I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie

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Fool in Paradise Watch what you eat I AM a big guy and part of the reason is that I enjoy my food. The other parts are that I enjoy my beer and dislike exercise, but that is getting off the track … so to speak. I pride myself in having a wide variety of tastes in food, something I didn’t have as a child when, according to my parents, I was a really fussy eater. Nowadays, I enjoy foods I would not have even looked at when I was younger. Along with a lack of fear of trying anything put in front of you comes the possibility of occasionally eating something that does not agree with you. I’ve lived in Asia for more than a decade and have eaten some very suspect dishes from time to time, mostly without any side effects. I put this down to being subjected to the food nasties in small doses so my body has learned how to cope with bacteria far better than say someone who only eats squeakyclean food. Often, I’ve

eaten the same food as someone else and they have become ill while I remained fine. But this is not always the case and I have had a few bouts of food poisoning over the years. One thing I have learned about food poisoning is that it is very quick; that is to say the first symptoms occur within a few hours of consuming the contaminated meal. This means you can almost always pinpoint the culprit which, for many people will be seafood; either prawns, crabs, oysters or other shellfish. Not being a big seafood eater, my problems have come mostly from salads. As an example, one night after flying to Australia I had the worst attack of food poisoning I’d ever had. All I had eaten that day were the meals provided by the airline on the flight and the last one contained a salad. On another occasion a mate and I ate at a pizza restaurant, shar-

ing a large pizza between us. I also ate from thesalad bar. That night I was as crook as a dog but he was fine. The only difference in what we had eaten was that salad. This brings me to recount my latest love affair with the toilet bowl. I was staying in one night to watch a football match on the television. That being the case, my primary care giver went next door to talk with a friend and watch a Thai soap opera. No problem. Just as the match was about to begin I felt hungry so went to the kitchen to ferret out some food. On the bench I noticed a bowl of what appeared to be yellow curry with pork or chicken. It looked fine to me so I whacked it in the microwave, added some rice and proceeded to eat it as I watched the game. My team lost so I turned off the television and went to bed in disgust. Two hours later I awoke, double swallowing and

with an urgent need to get to a toilet. I dealt with the acute diarrhea first, then waited for the inevitable stomach upheaval. This is the worst part. I really cannot understand the self-induced vomiting associated with an eating disorder such as bulimia. Vomiting, throwing up, spewing, talking on the porcelain telephone – whatever you want to call it – is an extremely undignified, painful and disgusting exercise and why anyone would do it voluntarily is beyond me. Sparing you more details of my discomfort, I was in the bathroom for almost the rest of the night while my tee ruk slept peacefully. In the morning I informed my darling of what had happened, suggesting that she had poisoned me with that food she left out. She asked why I ate it. I said I was hungry. She then chastised me saying I should always ask her before I eat

anything she brings into the house. She said that bowl of curry had been there for a full day and she was going to throw it out. I asked why she hadn’t thrown it out already. She said she didn’t think I would try and eat it. That cyclic conversation was getting us nowhere so I sent her on her bike to get me some Imodium because we were out of that miracle drug. What a great invention Imodium is – every home should have some. I remained in bed most of the day although the vomiting and diarrhea had ceased. My tee ruk doted over me and, of course, I played it up big time - a trick I learned as a child to gain an extra day off school. But I did not have to exaggerate too much because every muscle in my body was sore and I felt dizzy and light-headed. It was late afternoon when I finally felt well enough to get out of bed. My darling was sitting in


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hand side of the street opposite the new Roxy. Staying on the left, Marine Disco 2 is before a Family Mart then a nice souvenir shop, Bill’s Jewellery Factory which has some beautiful ceramics and jewellery to admire. The famous Tony’s Entertainment Complex is next for those with abundant finances followed by The Cowboy Steakhouse on the corner with Soi 16 which leads to Club Boesche A Go Go and many other places of nocturnal enjoyment. Soi 16 is really worth a visit but I can’t make any detours at this time. On the other corner is the Soho Square beer bars followed by Pattaya 100 Co Ltd which is an ivory and leather shop. Being an avid window shopper, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful handbags, intricate globes of the world and exquisitely carved ivory. This really

is an interesting shop. (Note for Australian residents: It is illegal to take ivory products into Australia unless each comes with an original certificate stating the elephant died of natural causes (autopsy report required) or that said pachyderm was over the age of sixteen and voluntarily donated the specific ivory which was subsequently removed by a qualified tuskologist (certificate of registration required) in a painless, hygienic procedure done under UN, EU, NATO, Geneva Convention and Greenpeace supervision with the approval certificate countersigned by Al Gore. You think I’m kidding? It is easier to get syphilis into Australia than a two-inch souvenir talisman carved from genuine ivory.) Next is another new Soho Square offering venues to choose from with names such as B52 Nightclub,

Absolut Club, Coyoty’s and Utopia Lounge. Next is a choice of restaurants for those feeling peckish, beginning with Right Spot Steak and Seafood, Raj Mahal (Indian, Arabic & Thai food), La Grillade Restaurant Bar and Pizzeria (French and Italian food), Rasputin Restaurant then Siam Elephant Bar, Restaurant and Hotel. The ocean side of the street is not to be outdone in the food stakes either, with the Fish Market Restaurant, Food Fair Seafood Restaurant, La Notte Pub and Restaurant and Le Clair De Lune Hotel and Bar which also looks very nice. Are you getting hungry yet? At that point I looked ahead of me towards Bali Hai Pier and decided I am just too lazy to continue. Points of interest are getting few and far between so it is time to pull up stumps, at least as far as Walking

by Frank Thring

FROM Peppermint A Go Go in the centre of Walking Street I’m on the home straight as far as my report into this remarkable entertainment area goes. On street level behind the Thai boxing ring is The Doll House A Go Go then two beer bars – Top 10 and Rock Sport behind it. Living Dolls Showcase A Go Go is next then Linda Beer Bar just before reaching the big tree. Across the street is Lucky Star Bar and Soi Lucky Star which leads to The Blues Factory, a very popular nightspot in town. Next is a beer bar complex with about a dozen bars to

choose from and a few pool tables for you sporty types. FLB (Freelancer Bar) immediately after the huge tree has been a good place for a drink or three for many years, but Ocean 10 Club disco beside it is relatively new. Also new is Roxy A Go Go Showbar which, according to the sign, opened on the 30th August with a big party. I hope it went well. Don Joe Restorante Italiano looks very appealing as I stumbled past Simon Beer Bar Center (sic) which stretches out over the water. Hot Tuna Pool Club next door is a beer bar, not to be confused with Hot Tuna Party Bar back on the left

the lounge watching television so I grabbed a piece of paper with some typing on it and picked up my favourite cat. Standing in the centre of the room, I demanded her attention then told her the piece of paper I was holding was my latest Will. I went on to say that I had left everything to Nin Nin (the cat) so that whoever poisoned me would not benefit financially from my death. Keeping a straight face, I further advised that if I had been deliberately poisoned it would be in the best interest of the poisoner to give me the antidote quickly so I could survive and possibly change my Will. She looked at me like I was from Mars, called me bah (stupid) and went back to watching her Thai boxing. So that was my latest negative food experience. I am a firm believer in learning from mistakes and, this time, it was a valuable lesson. Never again will I simply eat anything my darling prepares without first gaining her consent. I will even go so far as making sure she eats a spoonful or mouthful first, like my official ‘taster’. Sure, this could be seen as giving up some of my masculine rights, but its better than the alternative. Street goes. It has been a rather hasty and superficial investigation because I could not visit each nightspot individually to assess and report my humble opinion. Firstly, I am not Bill Gates and secondly, I’d like my liver to survive at least as long as the rest of me. All going well, I’ll be back in two weeks to focus on another interesting area in this wonderful town. Stay tuned to hear more from Up Your Soi.


by Kris & Noi Do you have a question about customs, culture or life in Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi at:

Dear Kris & Noi, I had a few chats with an expat who stayed in my apartment block for three months and had a girlfriend staying with him. Apparently he comes to Pattaya several times a year for long stays, and always sees the same girl. What is weird to me is that he also sends her money regularly when he is back in his homeland, even though he knows that she works in a massage parlour when he’s away. Maybe he thinks that she dreams of her sweetheart while she’s banging another customer! I’ve always changed girls regularly, often I don’t even know their names, but I don’t waste money on them either. So if she doesn’t keep the honeypot exclusive to him, just what does a man gain by sending money to a girl? Butterfly Man Some men like to take advantage of the thousands

Private Posts of bodies on offer, and go through as many women as they can physically and financially manage, either to avoid commitment, or just to brag how many women they have had; but there are also men who actually feel shy with the process of offering money for sex, and find it easier to remain with one girl. Other punters like to develop a longer relationship, maybe hoping for a genuine romance or at least enjoying a girlfriend effect for a while, and by sending money that girlfriend effect is maintained. The holiday benefits start right away as you have a cute companion who knows your personal tastes. A Thai girlfriend will take care of you very well: knowing where to eat the best, and often cheapest food, bartering for you when buying presents for home, organising shopping and laundry. And of course you have a sexual partner who knows how to please you, no worries about the wrong chemistry with a stranger. However, as the girl has a limited shelf life with regard to selling sex, she may be tempted to carry on regardless while her man is away. But if he is content for her to live her

own life, and be faithful to him when he is here, it has many benefits. And as long as he keeps the payments within his financial means, why shouldn’t he help a girl he likes? Dear Kris & Noi, Despite all the warnings given on websites and in bar conversations, there are still dumb farangs who think that they can have a successful marriage with a bargirl. It never works, the girl only knows how to sell her body, if she’s short of money or bored, she will go hooking. They trick a loser into believing that she loves him, then when his money runs out dump him and look for another sucker. These suckers should just remember the old saying—you can take the girl out of the bar, but you can’t take the bar out of the girl. Single Forever That “old saying” is one of the most overused and inaccurate expressions spouted by expats. How can you state that these marriages never work—do you have facts and figures, or could it just be that you have a low opinion of bargirls? Expats always seem to blame the

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women for failed marriages; they are the unfaithful ones, whereas the men are paragons of virtue, conveniently forgetting that they originally met by paying for sex. Some bargirls make terrible wives, and divorce comes quickly, others become excellent wives and mothers, in the same way that some men are good husbands and others should never even contemplate marriage. Some farang/ bargirl marriages fail, others succeed, the same as in other marriages anywhere. Dear Kris & Noi, It seems to me and everyone I talk to, that violent crime is increasing in Pattaya. I’ve been here many years and I think it’s never been as bad as this. Every week there are reports of robberies, shootings, muggings. I’m not suggesting that it’s as bad as some western cities (my homeland is worse), but it is becoming more dangerous for Thais and expats. I believe that holiday makers never think of danger because the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, so are not on their guard when out at night. Eventually tourists will stop coming to Pattaya if things don’t improve. Alarmed

It does seem that certain crimes are on the increase, whatever official figures may claim, and both tourists and residents suffer. Burglaries are reported regularly, and drive-by robberies by thugs on motorbikes and late-night muggings are a worry. Some people invite trouble by staggering along at 2am, flaunting gold chains around the neck, but nowadays the chain and bag-snatchings are also done in broad daylight, in busy areas. A major cause of concern is seeing gangs of youths, either on motorbikes or

hanging around entertainment areas; all too often they are involved in shootings, amongst themselves or against innocent citizens. A round up and incarceration of these morons would certainly reduce the crime statistics. However, let’s keep things in perspective; considering the size of its population Pattaya is still much safer than major western cities. Be careful, as you should be anywhere these days, but certainly don’t become paranoid, as the odds are that you will never personally encounter violent crime here.

Samui charting its own path

by Linda Orb, CB Richard Ellis

According to CB Richard Ellis, one of the leading international property consultants in Thailand, although prices in the Samui condominium market are beginning to catch up with Phuket, there are a number of important differences between the two resort destinations. Ms.Prakaipeth Meechoosarn, Manager of CB Richard Ellis Samui, explains, “Samui’s development pace, when compared to Phuket, allows the island to be positioned as Asia’s boutique island destination. Developments are limited, although more local and foreign players are now starting to get involved. Overall, however, Samui remains an exclusive destination for tourists looking for a quieter, more secluded retreat.” There are a limited number of condominium projects in Samui, and a recent survey of the island’s condominium sector reveals that 70% of the total existing and future supply of approximately 500 units are still under construction, which reflects the recent pace of develop-

ment. The North East area of the island (Choeng Mon Beach) accounts for 38% of total existing and future supply, followed by the North (28%) and East regions (25%). 59% of units were sold as of Q2 2008. Prices for condominium units in Samui range between THB 1.8-48.7

in Laem Set was priced at THB 88,000 per sq.m. at launch (Q1 2006), and resale units have now achieved prices of THB 100,000 per sq.m. The project is now completed and sold out. As in Phuket, developments in Samui are sometimes registered as apartment buildings instead of condominiums

limited, with around 550 existing and future villa units spread over 41 projects. Ten of these projects, with 95 units, have been classified as luxury projects by CB Richard Ellis and account for 17% of the total existing and future supply. Existing luxury supply is limited, but a number of luxury-branded developments, including Park Hyatt

developments, with 21 villa projects accounting for 40% of total unit supply, followed by the West (17% of total unit supply) and the South West (14%). 44% of the total existing and future supply of villa units had been sold as of Q2 2008. Sales performance at the luxury projects was similar, with 47% of

million per unit, with an average of THB 10.4 million. The highest average prices were in the South (Laem Set Beach), at THB 20.0 million per unit. Casavela

and then are leased out on long-term leases (30+30+30 years).Most buyers of highend and luxury Samui properties are foreigners. Villa supply is similarly

and Banyan Tree, are expected to be launched in the near future. The North and North East coast of the island have proven popular for villa

total existing and future units sold. The two projects with the highest price points in Samui are The Estates (adjacent to Four Seasons Resort

Koh Samui) and W Koh Samui Retreat & Residences, where prices range from THB 65 to 205 million. The island’s south has the highest average price per unit, at THB 68.4 million. The Conrad Koh Samui Residences, a luxury development of 32 villas, is located in this area. Ms. Prakaipeth goes on to state, “As with any resort destination, the property market in Samui is dependant on repeat high-end tourism. As such, deteriorating global economic conditions and weaker tourist activity could adversely affect this market in the short run.” “In the long-run, we expect the high-end and luxury segments of the Samui property market to outperform. Coastal land prices in Samui have been on the rise and prime land plots are becoming rare. Land price movements will play a significant role in the pattern of development on Samui, as will the continued development of infrastructure and other support services,” she concludes.

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Door 2 Door pocket size Door 2 Door, the longest established food delivery service in Pattaya, has launched their pocket sized menu: food choices of 39 top restaurants including new choices. The new menu can be picked up from outlets all over Pattaya or simply call Door 2 Door on 038 720 222 to get one delivered. “Trust them to bring you great food.” Indian By Nature mystery There are still a few places left for Death and Deceit on the Nile on Sunday September 7, an interactive murder mystery dinner at Indian by Nature with a special menu. There are further details in our column Talk of the Town in this issue of Pattaya Today. Copa’s birthday bash The official opening of Copa bar, Pattayaland soi 3 (Boyztown), is on Thursday September 18 together with Peter Storrow’s birthday bash. Show starts at 10.00 p.m. and features Miss Jane “live” and top cabaret acts. Complimentary buffet on the evening. PILC Holiday Bazaar Pattaya International Ladies Club will hold their annual charity bazaar at Royal Cliff Beach Resort (Siam ballroom)

on Saturday October 4, 10.00 hours to 16.00. Admission 120 baht but children under 13 free. 70 vendors from across Thailand bring their wares. Huge raffles. Excellent for xmas shopping too. All proceeds to local charities. El Duo at Cafe Royale The sensational Filipino El Duo are appearing exclusively and regularly at Cafe Royale, Pattayaland soi 3, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9.45 p.m. until 1.00 a.m. Regular bar prices and no admission extras. Come and enjoy the singing and entertainment of two of the area’s most popular duos. Bridge Club “Dutch” Bridge players can join the Bridge Club of the Pattaya Dutch Association every Thursday at 10.00 a.m. (contract bridge) and Sunday at 1 p.m. (rubber bridge) in the restaurant of Chateau Dale, Thappraya Road. Entrance fee is 120 baht. Contact person is Douwe Bosma on 08 7012 1223. Wiggle Town open The Wiggle Town playcentre and cafe is the perfect place to bring your child whilst enjoying a book, a coffee or just being able to relax. Wiggle Town is not a child minding centre

PATTAYA TODAY 19 but an international play centre. More information at or phone 085 084 1626 or 087 600 5306. Locxation is on Sukhumvit Road between Thepprasit Road and South Pattaya Road. Bristol music bar Every Sunday Jammin/’ Session from 7.30 pm, Jomtien beachroad, soi 6. Allowing foreigners to play and sing live music to raise funds for the Camillion Centre in Rayong. Anyone who can play or just wants to listen to good music is welcome. Call 087 610 8700 (Mr Ron). Dance academy workshops Steps and Rhythm Dance Academy holds regular workshops in Salsa at beginner/ intermediate/advanced level on weekdays. Please call Stephanie Moorhouse on 089 544 4842 or email at or see the website or come and meet the instructors at 247/37-38 Moo 11, Nongprue, Banglamung. Also consider holding your children’s party here – fun with a difference! British embassy in Pattaya Brits requiring letters for immigration purposes or other British consular matters can visit the Meesen restaurant (immigration car park, Jomtien soi 5) Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays) from 9.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. only and without appointment. Phone contacts 081 782 7363 and 089 203 1646. Please note we cannot offer advice

to Thai nationals seeking entry visas to UK. Pattaya bridge club Pattaya bridge club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1.00 p.m. at the Bowling Green, Soi Xyte Disco. More details on the website or phone 038 422924 or 038 42409 or email Terry Quested on Royal British Legion Thailand’s first branch (Chonburi) is now up and running at Tropical Bert’s, opposite Bangkok Bank and adjacent to soi Yodsak. You do not need to have served in HM armed services to join, but must support the principles of the Legion. There’s a get together every Sunday with free food, discounts at the bar and organized visits. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. Rotary Jomtien-Pattaya The Rotary Club of JomtienPattaya welcomes you to their Wednesday meetings (18.30 for 19.00) in the Rotary room of the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel. Please phone Lloyd Jones for further information on 087 804 3943. British Embassy Fair Ploenchit Fair will be held at Shewsbury International School in Bangkok on Saturday November 29 from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Over 150 stalls will offer activities and games such as the giant Ferris wheel, climbing wall, carousel, bingo, coconut shy and football shoot to name but a few. Proceeds are distributed to charities throughout Thailand. More

info on Le Saigon rooftop Now you can enjoy romantic sunsets at Le Saigon rooftop restaurant, perched on top of Buddha Hill, with 2 for the price of 1 drink during happy hour 5 pm – 7 pm. PILC September luncheon The Pattaya International Ladies Club are holding their next lunch meeting on Tuesday September 2 at Amari Orchid Resort starting at 10.30 a.m. Members, guests and ladies of all nationalities welcome

but reservations please on 0818645754 (Alvi) or 0856981733 (Brooke). PILC Boathouse with Elvis The Pattaya International Ladies Club are having a dinner and an evening of entertainment with Elvis at Jomtien Boathouse on Thursday September 25 at 7 p.m. Cost 1,000 baht per person inclusive. Contact Roseanne for tickets on 0818650714. Raffles and auctions on the night in benefit of Burmese children living in Thailand.

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SEATS TO SPARE FRIENDS have just come over from the UK for a holiday and the news they brought with them gave cause for concern. Their flight was almost empty in economy class! Empty to the extent that many passengers were able to spread themselves across three or four seats in an effort to get some sleep. Now while that might sound like a “result” for the travellers involved, it can’t be a good sign for the local economy. They had been due to travel on the Thursday night flight from London to Bangkok. I say “due to” because they actually took off 15 hours late thanks to some dispute involving baggage handlers – Brits shooting themselves in the foot again! My point is that a Thursday in August is not traditionally quiet. I should point out that Thai Airways was quick to make up its mind that passengers should be sent to a hotel for the night which my friends much appreciated. So, praise where it is due. Why were the numbers down? Silly high fares in August (see previous issue) or maybe recession fears? Either way, the Brits, it seems, are not travelling abroad in their usual numbers.

Asian airlines measure up well PERCEPTION, it has to be admitted, is a fairly fickle thing. Sometimes it is difficult to see the demarcation point between what you perceive to be the truth and what you want the truth to be! However, there is no bias on my part when I say that, for as long as I can remember, Asian airlines in my perception have had the upper hand on Western counterparts. A recent survey seems to underpin my thoughts. In it Singapore Airways emerged as top airline dog for the third time in the past 10 years. Thai Airways lost a little ground and slipped from second to fourth, but that’s still a creditable performance. And what about Western airlines? Well, as the chart of this page demonstrates, they are nowhere to be seen. The top 10 spots are all taken by Asian, Australasian or Middle Eastern airlines. Whatever happened to British Airways being the “world’s favourite airline”? It’s been my good fortune to have flown with three of the top four airlines as recorded in this poll – Qantas being the exception. My one and only trip with Singapore Airlines was a case of “needs must” as opposed to any special exercising of choice on my part. I had been keen to get back to Bangkok from London and the Thai Airways flight on my preferred date was full. Singapore Airlines was not. The fact that the airline is also a Star Alliance member – so I could enjoy all the usual benefits – helped too. The only downside to switching from Thai was, of course, that I could not fly direct from London to Bangkok. I had to stop-over for a short time in

THE TOP 10 1 Singapore Airlines (1) 2 Cathay Pacific (3) 3 Qantas (5) 4 Thai Airways (2) 5 Asiana Airlines (12) 6 Malaysia Airlines (6) 7 Qatar Airways (4) 8 Air New Zealand (7) 9 Emirates (9) 10 Etihad Airways (23) Figures in brackets show places in the 2007 survey. Singapore’s airport. Also, and as if to underline the futility of it all, we almost passed over Bangkok on our way down to Singapore. I would have preferred to have given Thailand a wide berth rather than have that “if I press the bell would they stop and let me off” feeling. As you may have gathered from previous columns I don’t much care for travelling diversions but the airport at Changi was an interesting one. It is very well laid out and bright and airy. Not a bad place to spend two or three hours. While there I used the usual lounge amenities. I even took a shower! Now I realise that saying even might suggest that I am not in the habit of taking showers. But I am happy to report that this is not the case. However, it was a pleasant way to pass 20 minutes while waiting for my connecting flight, especially

as I had been travelling for the best part of half a day up to that point. How would I rate Singapore Airlines? Not sure it would be fair to say after one flight. Were it not for the difference in the flight attendants’ uniforms I could easily have felt that I was on a Thai Airways flight. I would say that constitutes praise but other regular travellers might beg to differ. And what of my experience with Cathay Pacific? Well, again, I’ve only flown with them once – and that was all of 30 years ago. I really must get out more! Even though it was all that time back I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Cathay. Perhaps I remember my flight with them most warmly as it came at the end of a very difficult few hours and the way they looked after my wife and I was like a breath of fresh air. Before I flew with Cathay

my experience of flying had been limited. I had taken package flights to Spain and flown with British Airways to the Seychelles. To get to Hong Kong I had flown as far as Bangkok with Royal Jordanian Airlines (least said, the better) and with China Airlines on the last lap of the journey. I was not an experienced flier. So Cathay Pacific came as a bit of a shock to the system – the quality of their service was that much better than anything I had previously experienced. Space prevents me from going into too much detail but I’ll try to put things in context. My then wife’s visa had run out just a few days before the flight and she had not renewed it. This led to a delay at the airport as the authorities insisted on issuing a new visa to cover the seven or so days. This, in turn, meant we were

the reason for holding up the bus out to the plane on the tarmac at Kaitak airport. The bus, which had been sitting there in the heat and humidity, contained a rugby XV heading to Thailand for a tournament. There was much good natured banter as we got on but we could sense that we were, as comedian Billy Connolly once said on the Parkinson TV show, “about as popular as a fart in a spacesuit”. We were not in the best frame of mind after the visa experience, we were hot and bothered and not a little embarrassed by our reception on the bus to the plane. So, when the air hostess took our drinks order before take-off so they could get them to us a soon as the seatbelt sign had been switched off, we knew we were in for a good experience – and so it proved!

… but the drinks come up short REGULAR readers of this column might be starting to feel that I have an unhealthy fixation with alcoholic beverages. All I can say in my defence is that I worked in Fleet Street for five years and there, if you weren’t a drinker, colleagues would have thought there was something wrong with you. So my excuse is - I wanted to fit in. Lame, but true. I wonder if I can now sue the Daily Express for damage to my liver brought about by peer pressure. Probably not, but it does seem that you can sue organisations for just about anything nowadays. My alcohol-related text for this issue is devoted to the worrying trend that seems to have emerged in the airline industry – namely being mean (in the UK we say “tight”) with the drinks measures. Time was when, if you were to order a spirit on a plane, you would receive a whole miniature bottle to yourself. Two bottles if you flew with certain American carriers! But now the airlines

are pouring the drinks straight from big bottles. Boo! To my mind the drinks no longer measure up. Okay, previously the miniatures posed a small problem in that they represented yet one more thing you needed to fit on the ridiculously inadequate fold-down tables. You couldn’t pour the whole measure in one go as the daft stubby plastic glasses filled with ice, sizzle stick and slice of lemon or lime simply didn’t allow it. Add a mixer and the problem increases. My preferred way of working was a half and half system ... half the miniature and

half the mixer into one (too) small glass. Yes, that meant I had to find somewhere to put the unfinished miniature and the mixer can after the first drink had been poured. How considerate of the airlines to relieve me of this problem! Now, you get what you are given. If the flight attendant’s arm is a little tired they might not be able to tip the bottle up enough to give a drink you can taste. Ever drank a G&T in which the tonic is definitely winning the battle to drown the gin? You could try the Oliver Twist tactic and ask for “more please” but are likely to get an

“are you an alcoholic?” glance in return. Maybe the airlines could fit an optic-type device to the neck of the bottle to ensure you get a proper measure each time. Maybe! But, I can’t help thinking that I’m evading some of the main points here. Fewer bottles in use may be more eco-friendly but that’s just part of the story. Pouring from the bottle allows airlines to do at least two more things that are related. Cut back on the measures and you increase profitability. This economy of pouring also allows cabin crew some degree of control if a passenger looks intent on getting drunk. In itself, not a bad thing. Though I think that it’s the volume of alcohol consumed before getting on the plane that should be the main source of concern. So, I can understand some of the airlines’ logic. Doesn’t mean I have to like it. Any chance of another?

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What’s with this obsession over size? by Alan S. Brown THE other day, two hours after I had previously checked my email, I had nothing to do. So, I cranked up the computer and checked it again, in case any pressing messages had arrived in the last 120 minutes. Lo and behold, I had twenty-five new email messages. One was from an airline offering me great flights to Newark, NJ. As I always wanted to explore Newark, I booked a flight immediately. The other twenty-four offered me various pills, potions and devices to enlarge my penis. Admittedly, I do get a number of solicitations, daily, offering me the latest in outrageous porn, cheap prescription medication, discounted Viagra and other fine merchandise that one can’t live without. However, twenty-four offers for a larger penis, over the course of a couple of hours, was a new record. Each advertisement promised major, permanent improvement in both the length and girth department, as well as, a cure for premature ejaculation, increased sperm

production and everlasting longevity. All of the products were guaranteed to work instantly and none required “painful” exercises, such as hanging fifty kilogram weights from the underdeveloped organ; and none, of course, had been evaluated by the FDA for efficacy. The products were, generally guaranteed

for sixty days; although the fine print advised that you may not see “noticeable” results for ninety days or more. All were derived from “natural” ingredients and were, therefore, harmless. I couldn’t help wondering who in the world has been contacting all these companies

and telling them about my most intimate details; and, why were they so sure that I’m not perfectly happy with my “little brother?” So, why is there this big obsession with size and is it really that important? Let’s face it, when given the chance, most guys will take the opportunity to take a peek at the competition and see how they size up. This may happen in the locker room of the local fitness center, the men’s urinal in the mall or wherever the chance for a quick, surreptitious peek presents itself. First of all, across the spectrum of races and nationalities, the average penis is 5.5 inches, not as large as many may have thought. According to most research, size is not a big issue for most women. Supposedly, the vaginal canal adjusts to the man’s size, anyway. Or, maybe someone with a small penis made that up. (For gay men, endowment may present different issues.) In reality, the question of one’s size is probably more important to the guy who has concerns about

Education How to encourage your child to love learning Ultimately, we want our kids to love to learn. A passion for learning is quite different from just studying to earn a grade or to please parents or teachers. Those who develop a love of learning at an early age continue the process throughout their lives and are generally more successful, interesting, and happier than those who don’t. Steps: 1.) Talk with your child about the things you read and hear, especially the things you find interesting. 2.) Ask your kids how they feel about various issues (current events, relationships,

values). Allow them to have opinions without passing judgment. Ask your children to help you understand why they feel the way they do. 3.) Pursue your own hobbies and interests. Share these with your child, but do not require that he or she follow your pursuits. 4.) Encourage your kids to have interests of their own. If they show curiosity about a hobby, area of study, sport, or instrument, encourage and support them in any way your finances allow. 5.) Read books. Read on your own, which sets a good

example. Read to your kids, to get them hooked on books. 6.) Expose your child to a wide variety of experiences including music, plays, sports, museums, travel, reading, dance, games, food, puzzles, ethnic activities, etc. One never knows how that exposure may influence future life choices. 7.) Play “thinking games” with your kids. These are games where there is not just one answer. Scrabble and chess are examples. Emphasize the value of thoughtful moves rather than the importance of winning. 8.) Remember that you are

his own dimensions than it is to his partner. Although some women may prefer the visual excitement of a “large” man, the old clich?: what you do with it is what counts, seems to be valid. Well, what if one isn’t convinced and still wants a bigger “brother?” Do these products work? If you check their websites, you’ll read all kinds of testimonials from very satisfied users. One contented client gushes: “I’ve always been uncomfortable when a woman first sees my erection because I was born with a pretty small (penis). Now that I’ve been using (Product) for about 2 months now, I’ve noticed a significant gain in size! Last week I met this hot chick at a local bar, and after some flirting, I got bold and put her hand right on my (groin). She practically dragged me out of the bar and back to her house. I’ve never felt so confident or performed like I do now.” Wow! That’s impressive. Each product’s website contains like testaments from similarly thrilled users who

now need a suitcase to cart around their enlarged and engorged member. Their wives, girlfriends and lovers are also ecstatic with their newfound sexual prowess. Most of these potions contain

have been subjected to double blind studies (that is, one group takes the pill and the other a placebo and then the two groups are compared). In truth, according to all legitimate medical research,

“natural”, “herbal” ingredients found in exotic locales such as Polynesia and Africa, including Yohimbe, made from African tree bark and ginseng. If you peruse all the claims made by these companies, you may notice that none of these products

no pill will permanently increase penis size. (Sorry, guys.) There are surgical procedures that can increase length and/or girth, but they come with their own inherent risks. It’s probably better to just accept what nature has provided.

your child’s best teacher. School, educational games and television, and a shelf full of books all can’t accomplish what you can in the education of your child. It doesn’t take much effort to inspire a child’s brain in the everyday world - the place where they need it the most. Here are a few simple things you can do to engage your child: count the number of houses, black cars, bicycles, etc. that you pass as you drive; search for letters, numbers, or colors on the restaurant menu; when you are going to use a gum-ball machine, hold out a handful of coins and explain the differences, and that the machine will only take the quarter (then let your child pick out a quarter and put it in the machine - they love this!). 9.) Provide your child with free time. Children need plenty of free time to discover and explore. Don’t jam pack your schedule with errands and activities. Give your child time for free play, day dreaming and roaming around

in the back yard. 10.) Start sooner, rather than later. Fostering independence in your child is very important for their brain development and how they feel about learning. Sometimes, activities seem too difficult for your child only because you haven’t encouraged them to do it yet. For example, things like peeling their own banana, picking out which shirt to wear, and feeding the family cat, are all things that a young toddler can do. Letting your child do things like this makes them feel more in control of their world, which in turn inspires them toward bigger and better exploits. When the world is in your hands, you want to do something with it, don’t you? 11.) Let them know that school is important by being supportive of the school. Attend school functions, volunteer in the classroom if possible, and communicate with the teacher. Ask the teacher what you can do to help your child. Tips: ·If you demonstrate excitement about learning and are open to your children pursuing their

own interest areas, it will be hard for them to resist the opportunities. · Explain to your child why he or she is learning, and how it will be worthwhile (e.g. learning multiplication tables) · Leave interesting books and materials lying around for your child to explore. · Keep it fun....not stressful. Warnings · Try not to go overboard about grades. If your child makes a low grade, don’t scream and yell, but instead show them what they did wrong and help them understand. For good grades, don’t buy big, expensive things to celebrate (at least not all the time). Your child will feel pressured/ persuaded to do well and will dread low grades. Giving too many rewards also encourages bad habits and manners, such as bragging, and can lead to complexes (such as fear of failure). Understand that not all children will get A’s and B’s and that C’s are OKAY and considered good, as C’s are average.

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A square deal is the way to success Allan Otessen believes in top service MANY PEOPLE have heard of The Residence Garden, The Captain’s Table, The Jomtien Boathouse and Jomtien Beach Residence but not everyone knows they are run by the same family led by Ib Otessen originally from Denmark and a self-made man if ever there was. Pattaya Today asked his son Alan, the business manager, about the success in a variety of projects over the past ten years. “It comes down to giving value for money, always delivering what you promise – and on time – and winning people’s confidence by being trustworthy,” says Alan. “In other words, give people a really good product at a price they can afford.” The philosophy has certainly worked in this family concern and the name Otessen is a distinguished one amongst the list of successful farang entrepre-

neurs in the Pattaya area. The Residence Garden, incorporating the Residence Suites, at the Pattaya end of Thappraya Road (as you go up the hill to Jomtien) is a popular venue for both long and short term guests with its 71 rooms, one and two luxury bedrooms, with very many repeat customers who come back year after year. There’s a special sense of community about the two swimming pools, front and back, with a friendly ambiance which is a key hallmark of all the Otessen enterprises. Also in the grounds is the Captain’s Table, an unusual Grand Texan style BBQ, which Ib opened on his fiftieth birthday a few years back. Here you choose your own steaks and seafood for immediate cooking and prompt service at your table. Eat all you can comfortably manage from 6 p.m. onwards and still at a remarkably reasonable 350 baht. Every Saturday and Sunday you can enjoy a first class Elvis impersonator George Sinatra. Incidentally, why is the Elvis tradition so pervasive and popular in Pattaya? “It’s simply the quality of the entertainers,” says Alan. Another Otessen eatery, also with its own apartments, is the Jomtien Boathouse by soi 8 on Jomtien beach road.

Alan Otessen, business manager of family enterprises Here Elvis night is Monday, apartments only sixty meters but you can relax with a from Jomtien beach. With fantastic panoramic view beautiful interiors and full overlooking the bay and maid services and a modern choose from an array of Thai fitness centre, it’s easy to and international dishes. see why a fair number of The menu is a la carte and the units have been sold includes appetizers such as outright. Nearby and under tiger prawns or fried mussels construction to be ready in garlic butter prior to the early in 2010, are the Jomtien main dishes including a Beach Penthouses, six rather special sirloin steak. beauties overlooking the The Boathouse can provide ocean on soi 9. a romantic setting under the One of the best things stars or a nautically inspired about conversing with Allan environment according to Otessen is that you are left where you sit. In the evenings, with a feeling that success Jomtien beach road still does indeed breed success. presents a calm and unhurried It make have become atmosphere and this something of a cliche that restaurant symbolises that constant customer care and tradition which remains fair pricing structures are the unbroken still. basis of any commercial Built two years ago, venture, but it remains true Jomtien Beach Residence none the less. More imporhas self-contained one tantly, this is a family that and two bedroom holiday practises what it preaches.

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Supap Wade makes the Real Estate Power 100 List! KNOWN affectionately as ‘Thailand’s First Lady of Real Estate’, Supap Wade was recently awarded and identified as one of Thailand’s most influential real estate figures within Property Report Thailand’s inaugural Real Estate Power 100 list. The list is the first ever to profile all the major players in Thailand’s real estate industry. The final Real Estate Power 100 list was selected by Property Report’s editors following a very comprehensive survey of those leading professionals within the real estate industry. “We feel it is the right time to celebrate the individuals who have contributed to the success of the real estate industry as it continues to go from strength to strength,” Terry Blackburn, Editor in Chief of Property Report said. “We intend our selection to show who the real power players are.” Yes, we have all seen Supap Wade’s name and face on the covers of many of Thailand’s top real estate magazines and the ‘Supap Wade Story’ is well known to many in the industry. When asked how she felt about such a prestigious honor, in making the inaugural Real Estate Power 100 list, Supap

Wade responded by saying “Having been born and raised in a small farming village just south of Chiang Mai, I cannot tell you just how happy I am to be included on this list with so many of Thailand’s great real estate personalities”. Supap Wade’s rise to making the inaugural Real Estate Power 100 list did not happen overnight, that is for sure. Having started her real estate career some thirteen years ago, Supap Wade has ‘made it’ the old fashioned way…..lots and lots of very hard work. Supap still has her first Premier Homes photo of

certainly one of the most respected real estate companies on the Eastern Seaboard. Supap Wade is well known for having joined forces with seven other Eastern Seaboard real estate agencies in forming the Real Estate Broker Association Eastern Seaboard, which she was voted Charter President of unanimously. Currently, the Real Estate Broker Association Eastern Seaboard has 25 member agencies. In her capacity as Charter President of the Eastern Seaboard Real Estate Broker Association, Supap Wade has

Thai Appraisal Foundation, Mr. Nigel Cornick, Chief Executive Officer of Raimon Land Plc., Dr. Somchao Tunthaterdtham, President of the Thailand Real Estate Association, Ms. Cynthia Pornvalai, Partner and Head of Properties at the Tillike & Gibbons Co., Ltd. Law Firm, Khun Sunantapat Chalermpanth, Chairman and Executive Principal of the International Award winning Architectural Firm KTGY Inter-Associates, Ltd. It was at one of those seminars that Supap Wade challenged the Thai government with an ultimatum to introduce

herself standing next to a hand painted wood sign with her name, phone number and for rent written across it. Well those days are far behind her now and Supap Wade has certainly worked hard as she has built her Premier Homes business up to being

lectured with many of Thailand’s leading real estate industry elite, the likes of Khun Kitti Patpongpibul, President of the Thailand Housing Finance Association and former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Thailand, Dr. Sophon Pornchokchai, President of the

a fixed long term lease policy for foreigners and raise the foreign condominium ownership percentage to at least 70% if not 80%.......which appears to be very close to becoming a reality as the Thai government grapples with the huge growth in condominium

and housing development being consumed by foreigners here in Thailand. Looking towards the future, Supap Wade is very positive indeed about the Thailand Real Estate Market. “Foreigners from every part of the world just love coming to our country…..and almost every one of them falls in love with Thailand. I believe that the leaders of Thailand’s new government are going to make it easier and safer for foreigners to buy properties and live here”. It is just this kind of vision, hard work and confidence that has allowed Supap Wade to rise above adversity, become successful and respected….. earn the title ‘Thailand’s First Lady of Real Estate’……and make the Property Report Thailand’s inaugural Real Estate Power 100 list! """"" Khun Supap Wade is Managing Director of the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., the Eastern Seaboard’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals. Supap Wade is the current charter president of the Real Estate Broker Association of the Eastern Seaboard and has been in the real estate and relocation industry for over 13 years. She

Khun Supap Wade is a graduate of the Real Estate Training School of Thailand and has been examined and licensed by the Thailand Real Estate Broker Association. Supap Wade has accomplished herself professionally in real estate, marketing and property management. Having done business very successfully here on the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand for many years, Supap Wade has been featured on the covers of many of the areas leading magazines and she has had numerous articles and editorials written about her, her company and her professional career. Premier Homes is Pattaya’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals, which may be seen by visiting their website at: Supap Wade may be contacted by telephone at +(66) (1) 863-1995 or by email at:

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Some should, some should not... Buy a home a Pattaya by Khun Dee TO BUY or to rent...that is the question. Such a conundrum may not be as significant as Shakespeare’s paraphrased poser, but for many in Pattaya the buying-versusrenting question is a very real dilemma. Real estate agents of course will argue that everyone should own a house, or at least a condo. They point to an end of rental payments, pride of ownership, property appreciation, home equity, no threat of escalating rents in the future, and a place you can call your own and do with as you wish. All of which is true. But the fact remains that not everyone is a candidate for home ownership. It probably would be wiser to rent rather than buy if... You’re new to Pattaya Until you have lived here long enough to know the city, accept its many

shortcomings, and adapt to local weather, customs, and lifestyle, do not commit to a home purchase. In time you may decide that Pattaya is not for you. Buy only if you plan to stay put for a few years. You have job issues If you are employed here, is there a chance that you might be transferred to another city or country within the next two to three years? Similarly, consider your options if you were to lose your job. Would you be forced to leave the area? In either instance, having to sell your house quickly puts you at a decided disadvantage, particularly if the property has not appreciated enough to cover closing costs, expenses for improvements and repairs, and costs related to selling the home. Your relationship’s dubious Whether you’re a married

couple, two gays in a loving union, or two friends under one roof, do not buy a home together if your future together is problematic. The buying process is stressful and will only increase the anxiety in your struggling relationship. Beyond which, a home purchase will further complicate the dissolution process if and when you finally split up. Work out your problems first in the comfort of a rental unit. Handy Andy you ain’t No, you don’t have to be a Jack-of-all-trades to own a home, but it helps. Sure, you can hire handymen, but even at the reasonable rates charged locally, aggregate repair and upkeep expenses can be costly. You yourself must be willing and able to stay on top of maintenance. Not everybody has the where-with-all, much less the time and desire, to tackle home-repair projects.

Bill Gates you ain’t If you’re not swimming in cash, you might want to avoid putting your entire fortune into a home that will leave you totally strapped for cash. Remember, home buyers invariably face home repair and maintenance expenses, and usually must furnish and decorate their new home. If you must budget stringently to meet those goals, you may find yourself in dire straights in the event of an unexpected family or financial crisis. Always leave yourself a comfortable financial cushion. Continue renting for a few more months until you have that cushion, then reconsider a home purchase. Many Pattaya residents who consider buying a house or a condo do so not only to improve their lifestyles in homes of their own, but also expecting that they will reduce their living expenses and reap huge profits. The truth is, buyers do not always benefit financially. Let’s say you’re now paying 25,000 baht a month

in rent. Estate agents will be quick to point out that if you pay that for five years, you’ll waste 1.5 million baht. But if you buy a home, they say, you not only avoid rent you also benefit from appreciation over the next five years. That’s true. But as a home owner you’ll also face closing costs, property taxes, insurance premiums, upkeep and repair bills, improvement expenses, security issues and outlays, and—in the case of condo owners—assessments and maintenance fees (usually nominal in Pattaya, but payable nonetheless). Beyond which, if you buy a home for 5 million baht in cash, let’s say, that sum total will no longer be generating income for you. Even in a bank earning as little as 5 percent per year, you would have earned interest of nearly 1.4 million baht on those funds compounded over five years. Which still does not represent the full financial picture of renting versus buying. As a renter, you need to pay only the first

and last month rent plus a security deposit, you need not concern yourself with upkeep chores and related expenses, and you have no worries about special assessments. True, you can expect to pay higher monthly rental rates over time, and you will reap no benefits in terms of property appreciation, but neither do you risk loss in the event of depreciation. Admittedly, however, property values are more likely to rise than fall. In recent years, home values in the Pattaya area have climbed about 5 to 10 percent annually. All of this is not to say that buying a home is a bad idea. The shear satisfaction and emotional rewards that come from owning your own condo or house can be enough incentive for many. For others, it may simply be the pleasure of being able to lay tiles, paint walls, build bookshelves and landscape the yard. As an added bonus, the home is likely to increase in value.

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Rayong property scene cheaper than Pattaya Rayong property scene cheaper than Pattaya RAYONG has always been overshadowed by Pattaya and it’s only recently that the town has attracted big interest in the real estate world. Still less than an hour’s drive from Pattaya, Rayong is famous mostly for its pristine beaches, a plus, and for being near the industrial complex at Map Ta Put, a minus. Actually, the influence of Map Ta Put is less pervasive than many believe and Rayong’s eastern side is mainly agricultural and without pollution. On the prime Mae Ram Phueng Beach, a 36 sqm studio unit at the towering VIP Condominium was marketed in 2005 for 500,000 baht but is now on the market at 900,000 baht. A refurbished 70 sqm one bedroom unit has risen in the same period from one million baht to two and a half million. These prices are cheaper than they would be in prime spots in Pattaya or Jomtien, but the rise in value is still very substantial. Jens Brochner Nielsen, chief executive officer of D2 Real Estate, says that the demand

for smaller units such as these now exceeds supply. He said that 100 units in the VIP Condominium had been sold in the last two years and that there was nothing currently on offer. He added that the fact Rayong had not yet reached the top of its range for property prices meant that the town would stay up even during a recession. The importance of Rayong’s

beaches is also reflected in the plan by Vilailux Development Company to expand its 1.7 billion baht Phuphatara project of luxury residences and a five star hotel at Mae Pim beach. An Indian company has recently bought a 30 rai land plot at Mae Ram Phueng Beach to build an hotel and a Bangkok developer has recently spent 88 million baht buying

up a large building at auction. Mr Nielson’s company has also purchased part on an NPL villa estate close to the VIP Condominium. D2 Real Estate has taken 35 rai which have been divided into plots of 100 to 250 square wah for sale at a starting price of one and a half million baht. The company believes that the briskest market in Rayong is for properties under four million baht with the typical buyer in his fifties, planning for retirement and generally looking for a 60 to 90 sqm unit with a separate bedroom. The Swedes have already established a community on Mae Pim beach and other Scandinavians and Canadians are amongst the main buyers. They seem to be replacing the Americans whose traditional dominance in the area is now changing. What seems to be attracting these buyers is the chance to live by the beach, with glorious sea views, for under four million baht. Generally speaking, prices are 50% less than they would be in Pattaya and Jomtien.

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The Optimist International OPTIMIST International is a world-wide organization of business people and retirees who are devoted to serving the children of the community. There are Optimist International Clubs in 38 countries. But, until now, there has never been a Charter Club granted membership in Thailand. Requirements for joining are good character, strong community ties, an optimistic, caring attitude to all

Co., Ltd. Chanyut Hengtrakool was inducted as a member of Optimist International Club of Thailand and then appointed Senior Advisor to the Club. The charismatic Thai leader then helped President Drew Noyes, Vice Presidents Phil Webb and Robert Sutterfield, Club Secretary Anna Guia Napenas and Treasurer Max Rommel induct ten more new members to the new international club based in Pattaya. Among the honored guests invited to witness this historic event were the Chief of Banglamung District Mongkong Thamkigiksun with a high-ranking member of the Ministry of Culture, Peter Read owner of the Pattaya Today

Club Founding Presidient Drew Noyes opens the Induction Ceremony for new members

you meet and, most of all, a willingness to improve the lives of children. According to Founder and Charter Club President Drew Noyes, the new Optimist International Club of Thailand’s primary goals are to help children continue their basic education and to form one of the world’s strongest and largest Optimist Clubs to show the caring nature of the Thais living here and the foreigners who have relocated to Thailand for its love of family and acceptance of foreigners. Already the club is making its mark with the national headquarters based in the USA. Last week at the club’s headquarters in the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya former Member of Parliament and Managing Director of Sophon Cable T.V.,

newspaper, Hard Rock General Manager George Hazard, Captain James C. Phillips, editor of magazine Nitiphon Phuekpipat and website entrepreneurs Mike Hanlon and Jan Jansen. Nine new inductees came from Bangkok led by Richard Bell who was an Optimist for many years in America and his father Paul Bell who has been an Optimist Club member for 43 years and now by his induction continues his help to children in Thailand. The other leading business people from Bangkok joining the club were Joe Chailom, Colin Wilkes, Tim Broderick, John Guchone, Fabio Fe, Thanawut Vathincha and Natsajee Thongleam. The Optimist International Club of Thailand was honored to induct a very special new

Former Member of Parliament Chanyut Hengtrakool is briefed by club member Wanrapa Boonsu

member Scott Robert Palinkas, a Native America businessman and philanthropist from California. This brings the three month old international club membership to 42 members making it the fastest-growing internationally-recognized, major civic club ever formed in Thailand. Fifteen Optimists will now drive from Bangkok joining seven others that drive from other regions of Thailand as far as five hours away and the local Optimists of Pattaya. The President of Optimist International sent congratulations to the club for forming so fast and praised the club’s efforts to recruit more than 100 qualified members to make it one of the top five largest clubs in the world. The future plans outlined by President Drew Noyes are to establish more Optimist Clubs in Bangkok, Phuket, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai. President Drew Noyes explained to the attendees, VIPs, guest and ten members of the Bangkok, Chonburi and Pattaya press that he formed the national Optimist Club in Pattaya instead of Bangkok where he often travels for work and to attend Siam Society and Chambers of Commerce meetings because he wanted to spotlight Pattaya and help to create a strong, positive image of this rapidly evolving resort city.

and react to it. The Optimist International Club of Thailand has already completed two community service projects for rural school children in areas of Thailand with no civic or charitable clubs or government funds to help them. In a project led by Board Member Wanrapa Boonsu ninety-nine pairs of new shoes were donated to school children who had never owned shoes attending a school in a small village 30 kilometers from Ubon Ratchatani. Hundreds of kilos of rice,

Club members Sermsak, Kung and Drew discuss the club with Chief of Banglamung District Mongkong Thamkigiksun and the officer of the Minstry of Culture was to have foreigners and Optimist Clubs conduct Thais who all love helping positive service projects aimed children and share the values at providing a helping hand to of the Optimist Creed. Drew youth. Club Members are best sent the Optimist Creed and known in their communities for Mission Statement with the their upbeat attitudes. By link to to 22 believing in young people and of his closest friends in empowering them to be the best Bangkok and Pattaya hoping that 15 would be able to attend the ever-important Charter meeting held at the executive conference center of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Pattaya on a work day. To his amazement all 22 of his friends came to the meeting and signed up providing more than the required number to qualify for Charter Club status. Whereas Rotary has seven clubs in Pattaya alone, this is the first and only one of the prestigious Optimist International Clubs in Club Treasurer Max Romell and President Thailand. Drew Noyes induct Chanyut Hengtrakool Meeting the needs of young




Chanyut Hengtrakool inducts former club members from America Richard and Paul Bell

The Ni Amphur, Chief of Banglamung District, who was in attendance commented that this was an excellent idea to form the national club headquarters in Pattaya as it indeed does bestow honor and a positive image on the city and there are children in Banglamung District outside of Pattaya City who need help. The officer of the Ministry of Culture agreed. In March, the local businessman and former three-term Chairman of the Pattaya City Expats Club, Drew Noyes received the news that Optimist International would award a Club Charter to him for all of Thailand if he had 15 members to join him as Founding Members. The goal

worldwide, Optimist Clubs have been “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” since 1919.

they can, Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place to live. There are 101,000 individual Members who belong to more than 3,200 autonomous Clubs. Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects each year, serving six million young people. Optimists also spend US $78 million on their communities annually. Optimist Clubs are serious about “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” and do their part through community service programs. Since each Club is autonomous and run by members in their community, Optimists have the unique flexibility to serve the youth of their community in any way they see fit. Optimist Clubs see a need in their community

basic school supplies, a water filtration system and other much-needed items were donated to a needy school near Petchaburi in a project led by Board Member Brian Wright and contributed to by Brian, his wife Noon and Captain James Phillips and his wife Pui. Optimists conduct 65,000 community service projects each year, spending $78 million in their communities. Six million kids are positively affected by Optimist programs world-wide. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursday at 6pm at the Hard Rock Hotel. Anyone interested in joined is invited to call President Drew Noyes at 084.111.799 or e-mail him at

The Optimist Creed Promise Yourself-

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

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Asset protection … Can you really afford to ignore it? by Craig Taunton Asset protection as a concept is very simple – you place valuable assets such as property, cash or even your business outside the reach of potential creditors or litigants. To enable you to do so you can physically place assets offshore or you can create some form of legal structure such as a trust to hold the assets for example; but actually taking the most appropriate action for the protection of your own personal assets is a very complex undertaking that requires specialist legal, financial and taxation assistance. You might not think that this is the case however, because if you look online you’ll see a whole host of so called asset protection solutions available to you – some of which you can even buy same day, off the shelf! In actual fact such solutions are liable to strip your assets in terms of the capital you have to lay out to purchase them, and they may even be illegal or at least unsuitable for your own requirements. So I thought we should have a look at how to avoid the most obvious offshore asset protection scams because there are a lot of them out there. The very first point that needs to be made is that asset protection as a concept is legitimate and can be appropriate for many people. However, the way you as an individual go about handling your familial, fiscal and business affairs is

a very personal choice dictated by a series of intimate factors relating exclusively to you and your circumstances, which is why you should not enter into any decisions or take any action relating to the protection of your assets offshore or onshore without taking qualified legal, financial and taxation advice. Having made that fact abundantly clear, the first scam you need to avoid is the one where so called advisers offer you their services. You have to check the legitimacy of anyone’s claim to be able to offer you advice. You need to check personal credentials, follow up on references and professional body membership or affiliation claims, and you need to determine how experienced they are in the field in which they will be advising you. The next thing you need to be aware of is that anyone who tells you that you will be able to legitimately avoid personal income tax by placing assets offshore should be avoided! Yes you can potentially protect your estate from inheritance tax with a specific asset protection plan but no, if you’re a US or British citizen residing in your nation of domicile for example, placing assets offshore will not in some way protect you from income tax! For expatriates and non-doms the situation can be different. Another taxation false claim is that you will only pay tax if and when you remit income or bring assets back onshore. Again, this is not usually the case! Highly attractive potential taxation saving benefits of going

offshore, offshore asset protection or any other form of placing or investing assets overseas are unlikely to be legally achievable, so tread carefully. There are a whole host of others that relate to illegal or unsuitable solutions being proposed and/or the use of less than ideal or even unscrupulous overseas jurisdictions for the depositing of assets or the registration of businesses or trusts for example. The most appropriate solution really comes down to finding someone you can trust and who is qualified to assist you. A recent study in America by US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management and Campden Research has revealed that increasingly high numbers of families are heading for serious inheritance tax bills when the head of their family dies because they have no up-todate structured asset protection plans in place. This is an asset protection warning for families the world over – because not only is the world of inheritance tax changing, but the ways in which you can ensure succession and protect your wealth from the taxman upon death change annually as well. An asset protection plan is a morphing, developing protection policy that has to be regularly updated. In the United Kingdom the level at which inheritance tax is levied on an estate rises annually – however, the ways in which one can legitimately protect assets from the taxman upon death become fewer and less effective annually. What this means is that an asset protection

plan you put in place today can become null and void in terms of its effectiveness by this time next year. This naturally leads to many people putting off getting protection in place because they don’t want to be faced with a) the hassle and b) the cost of adjusting plans annually. If you put off the protection of yours and your family’s business and assets and in the meantime something happens – from being sued to facing death – it is often too late to then get protection in place. Especially in the case of someone who is being sued, it is a criminal offence to then attempt to move assets offshore for example, to escape the litigation process. The good news is that as fast as Chancellors and tax authorities and governments come up with inheritance tax acquisition ideas, so international tax planners come up with structures and solutions to offset and mitigate the damage that could be wrought upon your estate. The advice is simple – the advice is to get advice! Take guidance and counsel from professional taxation experts and annually review the asset protection policies and plans that you have in place so that you remain within the law and your business and wealth remains protected for life – for your life, and the life of your successors. The EU Savings Tax Directive that came into force in 2005 in a bid to clampdown on cross border tax evasion within the EU and between other named countries has again come under the spotlight, and changes to the EU Savings Tax

The IT Guru by Richard Bunch Q. I have to make a PowerPoint presentation for my boss; I have done these before but never needed to embed movie clips and external links. I have been trying to get this to work on and off over a couple of weeks but without success. Fortunately he is in Europe for six weeks but will expect me to have it ready for when he returns. I am trying to play an AVI file which I think should play in Windows Media Player (it plays without any problem outside the presentation). If I paste the file in and then run the slideshow, clicking on the play button advances to the next slide rather than playing the clip. The other thing I need to do is link to a number of websites. Please can you help me, I am very frustrated. Michelle, Laem Chabang A. Sure I will try to help you; we can’t have you getting frustrated and you should be ready for your boss’s return with time to spare! Unfortunately you didn’t say which version of PowerPoint you were using as the way to achieve your objective is slightly different in each. So I will cover both the 2003 and 2007 versions. For Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 1. Open the presentation that you

want and choose the slide you want the movie to appear on. 2. On the View menu, point to Toolbars, and then click Control Toolbox if it is not already selected. 3. In the Control Toolbox, click More Controls. 4. In the list of controls, click Windows Media Player. 5. Click anywhere in your slide, and then draw a box by using your mouse pointer to create a Windows Media Player control. 6. In the Control Toolbox, click the Properties button. 7. In the File Name box of the Properties dialog box, type the path and name of the file that you want to play, and then press ENTER. As an example, type the following line to play the movie file presentation1.avi from the root of Drive C:, use this syntax c:\mymovie.avi 8. Close the Properties dialog box. The media clip now plays automatically when you view the slide. You can also change other properties of the clip, such as looping and size, in the Properties dialog box. To add a movie by using Windows Media Player version 9.0 and later versions of Windows Media Player, click the Custom property in the Properties dialog box, and then click the ellipsis button (...). Locate

the movie file that you want to play. Select the movie, click Open, and then click OK. Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 1. In Normal view in PowerPoint, display the slide on which you want to play the animation. 2. Click the Microsoft Office Orb, and then click PowerPoint Options. 3. Click Popular, click to select the Show Developer tab in the Ribbon check box under Top options for working with PowerPoint, and then click OK. 4. On the Developer tab, click More Controls in the Controls group. 5. In the list of controls, click Windows Media Player, click OK, and then drag on the slide to draw the control. 6. Resize the control by dragging the sizing handles. 7. Right-click the Windows Media Player object, and then click Properties. 8. On the Alphabetic tab, click the URL property. 9. In the value column (the value column is the blank cell next to Movie), type the full drive path. Make sure that you include the file name or the URL that links to the movie file that you want to play.As an example, type the following line to play the movie file presentation1.avi from the root of Drive C:, use this syntax c:\mymovie.avi As regards to creating a link:1. While viewing the slide in Normal view, select the text or object to be used as a hyperlink.

2. In the Insert tab, locate the Links field and click on Hyperlinks 3. Then depending on what you would like to do, choose one of the following steps: 4. Choose from the left hand panel the type of link you want to create. Options include Webpage, Current Document, New Document and E-mail. 5. It is useful to add a tip in the dialogue box provided. Q. I have just moved over from Windows XP to Vista. I am having a bit of a problem as I used to use Environment Variables for some functions but find that some of those I learned over the years don’t work, can you give me a quick update. Simon Jackson, Chiang Rai A. In actual fact the majority of these that worked in XP are still valid in Vista so I will only give details of the ones that differ. These are:% ALLUSERSPROFILE% C:\ProgramData % APPDATA% C:\Users\ {username}\AppData\Roaming % CommonProgramFiles% C:\Program Files\Common Files % HOMEPATH% \Users\ {username} % LOCALAPPDATA% C:\Users\{ username}\AppData\Local % ProgramData% C:\Program Data % PATHEXT% COM; .EXE; .BAT; .CMD; .VBS; .VBE; .JS ; .WSF; .WSH; .MSC % Public% C:\Users\Public

Directive have been aggressively proposed by the Germans. The Directive forces financial institutions to disclose certain key information about certain types of account holder and/or withhold tax from such individuals’ accounts, but the German government are not satisfied that the Directive goes far enough in cracking down on tax evasion and are pushing for a complete overhaul of the legislation. Currently only individuals rather than entities such as trusts, companies, foundations or other types of investment vehicle such as tax wrappers come within the remit of the directive.

This has allowed those who wish their privacy be maintained to restructure their assets in such a way that they avoid having their personal data reported to their home tax authority. Just as a final note – the original EU Savings Tax Directive took about 14 years to come into effect because there was so much opposition to it…so whilst new changes have been proposed, it may be some time before they come into effect. Questions to the author can be directed to Craig Taunton of Haswell Pellant on 083 2921793 or email

% TEMP% and %TMP% C:\ Users\{Username}\AppData\Local\Temp % USERPROFILE% C:\Users\ {username} Hope this solves your problem for you. Do bear in mind also that the path for any shortcuts to “My Documents’ will need to be changed as the format of these are now C:\Users\{username}\Documents If you need any further information, you’re welcome to

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


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

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

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and Thailand. Isarn suffered damage to dikes and thousands of acres of farmland. Chiang Rai was also affected, as were 128,000 people in Nakhon Phanom Province. In Nong Khai Province, over 1,000 homes were flooded; two hospitals were hit and patients and medical supplies were moved to higher ground. Killer of Chiang Mai Tourist Goes On Trial A man who shot and killed a Hawaiian tourist in Thailand went on trial on August 18. In March 2008, William Douglas confessed to shooting Gary Poretsky 3 times at a Chiang Mai restaurant. Thai investigators say the two men had apparently just met and virtually immediately began arguing; a confrontation which proved fatal to Poretsky who was a medi-tourist, in Thailand to have discounted dental work. Thailand’s Economic Prospects Look Grim Thailand’s economic growth fell to 5.3% in Q2m 2008, down nearly one full point on the Q1 rate of 6.1%. Economists blamed weak domestic demand, which has overshadowed higher exports of rice and rubber, and some pundits forecast an even sharper deceleration of economic growth. “Investment has suffered, and given that political uncertainty is likely to linger, growth is likely to be depressed for quite some time”, HSBC economist Frederic Neumann opined. Report Predicts Limited Future Growth in Thai Energy Sector Research and Markets August 18 report “Market Competitive Intensity (MCI): Thailand” predicted that from December 2007 to July 2010 ongoing energy market reforms will boost Thailand’s competitive intensity, with Thai power market ranking and gas metrics improving over the forecast period. The gas market is slowly evolving towards a more competitive structure; however, overall, commercial opportunities in the Thai energy sector will remain limited in the medium term. Athoc IWSAlerts Declared a Positive Military Utility The emergency alert notification system, AtHoc IWSAlerts, was declared by its manufacture, AtHoc, Inc., on August 18, to have been a complete success, not only in the recent Cobra Gold 2008 exercise in Thailand, but also in Burmese relief efforts from

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Vol.7 No.24 ! 1 - 15 September 2008 Cyclone Nargis. Thai participants were trained to publish alerts, create user and distribution lists, and disseminate alerts through the Internet-based alerting interface. IWSAlerts can utilize any networked system. Thailand Could Be Regional Bio-Plastics Hub The Thai Bio-plastic Industry Association declared on August 18 that Thailand’s rich supply of natural resources could enable it become a regional bio-plastics hub, helped by overseas investment. Currently, Thailand’s bio-plastics industry ranks third In the AsiaPacific region, behind Japan and China. Thailand has plenty of raw materials and is the world’s top exporter of cassava, a component, along with sugarcane, in the manufacture of lactic acid; a key ingredient in bio-plastics production. SE Asia Rejects Gary Glitter Infamous British paedophile, Paul Francis Gadd, aka Gary Glitter was shuttlecocked around SE Asia following his release from a Vietnamese jail, sentenced for abusing 2 pre-teens. After first landing at Bangkok, and disinclined to return to Britain, he was sent to Hong Kong, which, in turn, refused him. He was duly returned to Bangkok on August 21 and later, showing reluctance, was finally deported to Britain as a ‘persona non grata’. Somjit Decisively Clinches Thailand’s 2nd Gold Thailand’s 2nd gold medal was won by flyweight, Somjit Jongjohor on August 23, decisively beating Cuba’s Andris Laffita, using tactics of experience. The 33-year-old former world champion was fighting in his last Olympics and the final bout of his career. He dedicated his gold medal to his son, Kampan. Thailand’s 2nd boxing hope, light welterweight, Manus Boonjumnong, came away with a silver in his fight; the first Thai to win medals in consecutive games. Thai Light-Flyweight Boxer Bows Out Ex-prisoner, Chon Buri’s Amnat Ruenroeng, Thailand’s contender for the Olympic light-flyweight boxing championship in Beijing, failed to beat Mongolia’s Serdamba Purevdorj, on August 20, after reaching the quarter-finals. Whilst in prison, Amnat had learnt Queensbury rules boxing to augment his Muay Thai skills and represented the Corrections Department, winning gold at the National Championships in 2007. ‘’I am happy because this was beyond my expectations,’’ Amnat said after the fight. Buffaloes At Risk Of Extinction In Talay Noi Water buffalo farmers at the Talay Noi wildlife sanctuary in Khuan Khanun, Phatthalung, are concerned about their livelihood as the land they use to raise buffaloes is being encroached upon by oil palm and rice farmers, encouraged by high paddy prices.

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

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The good wife's guide from Housekeeping Monthly, 13 May 1955

I was delighted recently to read the following extract from the ‘Housekeeping Monthly’ magazine published in 1955. I am sure many of you will be used to this sort of treatment from your Ex-Farang wives and it may be interesting to let our new Thai partners know what will be expected of them! Good luck!

Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire, to please him. Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours. Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.

Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed. Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay, and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.

Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimise all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, drier or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.

Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquillity where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit. Don't greet him with complaints and problems. Gather up school-books, toys, paper etc and then run a dustcloth over the tables. Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide both of you with immense personal satisfaction.

Don't complain is he's home late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice. Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

A good wife always knows her place.

Ouc h!! Ouch!! A United States Senator and his longtime speechwriter parted company after a dispute. The Senator was about to kick off a new campaign and begged the former employee to write one last speech. Finally, the writer acquiesced. As was his custom, he gave to the Senator the speech neatly typed on cards. On the night of the kick-off gala, the Senator rose before the crowd and with great oratorical flourish began. Glancing at the first speech card, he stated, “Tonight I'm going to address the monumental problem of peace in this world, and I’m going to tell you how we are going to achieve peace in YOUR lifetime.” Applause. The Senator then flipped to the next card. “I am also going to address a second pressing problem civil rights and inequality, and I am going to tell you how we are going to solve THAT problem.” More applause. The Senator studied the third card. “We are now faced with inflation and unemployment, and I will tell you tonight how we are going to solve that problem NOW.” The crowd was electrified.

The Senator turned the fourth card, which said, ‘Now, you louse, you're on your own.’

Harmonica A solider stationed in the South Pacific wrote to his wife in the States to please send him a harmonica to occupy his free time and keep his mind off of the local women. The wife complied and sent the best one she could find, along with

several dozen lesson and music books. Rotated back home, he rushed to their home and through the front door. “Oh darling” he gushed, “Come here ... let me look at you ... let me hold you! Let's have a fine dinner out, then make love all night. I've missed your lovin' so much” The wife, keeping her distance, said, “All in good time lover. First, let's hear you play that harmonica.”

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MBMG comments on financial matters by Simon Philbrook A GOOD point recently from The Daily Reckoning team cast doubt on the latest official US inflation data; producer prices, import prices, raw material prices, food prices, oil prices and commodity prices are all going up much faster than the official CPI rate itself. Any attempts to calculate the real practical impact of consumer inflation invariably result in a rate which is considerably higher than the official Labour Department results. Not only has the world’s major importing nation, which for many years imported price deflation from emerging economies, has now effectively started exporting inflation, especially to economies that are US$ linked or which import commodities whose prices have been soaring in USD. That also means the end for the deflationary spiral in US imports – if the price of rice in China soars, Chinese wages follow and US imported goods from

More than expected Q. I am an British Citizen and we have successfully obtained a settlement visa for my Thai wife to live in the U.K. courtesy of key Visa. We presumed that the visa was for 2 years and we received 2 years and 3 months is this a mistake? A. No this is not a mistake. When you are married to a Thai national and receive a settlement visa you are given 2 years and 3 months; we presume that this change is because after your spouse has resided in the U.K. for a 2 year period you have to apply at the Home Office, Croyden, U.K. for a further extension of stay and we feel that this is an “under due consideration” period for the Home Office to make a decision. Thus the Thai national will not be entering

China reflect these higher input costs. The spiral just becomes vicious and policy and perception in the US tends to be based more around the reported figures. Higher gas and food prices are starting to reflect consumer sentiment, which hasn’t improved, despite all the rebate cheques from the IRS. As the DR team said “Inflation has gone global. It’s officially 8.5% in China. In Russia, it’s 14%. In Vietnam, it’s 24%. And in Zimbabwe – it’s gone to the moon. How is it possible that inflation in the United States – which imports so much stuff from the rest of them – can remain so low? “Seasonal adjustments” is the standard explanation. But the seasons change. Our guess is that cold winds will soon blow across the borderline…and those greenback leaves will turn brown…curl up….and blow away.” Anyone arguing that oil demand forecasts based on ‘Chindia’ replicating US oil demand patterns anytime soon are nonsense is correct, but, may also be missing the point.

China and India are only at the early stages of oil consumption right now. They are consuming oil at a rate similar to how the U.S. did in the early years of the 20 th century. We’re not saying that we’d expect China and India to replicate US oil usage tomorrow, but forgetting the US for a moment, even if Chindia moves half the distance between its current consumption and that of the tiny territorial area of Hong Kong, the total world demand for oil would increase by about 6 billion barrels per year. That’s around a 20% jump in world demand. Expect Chindia transportation fuel and general power usage to increase both economies cover huge tracts of land and have between them over 15 times the number of consumers living in the U.S. dispersed in climates that require the provision of both heating and cooling solutions. Interest rates and the US $? Recently the unemployment rate in America jumped to 5.5%, its biggest increase since 1986. This ties the

Fed’s hands, preventing it raising rates. Mind you they were tied already because of the huge indebtedness in the US............................and UK, Spain, Ireland etc. Housing is always a good investment. Property always goes up, doesn’t it? Actually, no it doesn’t... In America, you could have held residential property for 100 years – from 1896 to 1996 and your inflationadjusted annualized returns would have been as near as dammit nothing at all. House prices rose no faster than consumer prices. The next ten years, during which a tide of easy credit rushed into the residential real estate market; saw prices rise 70% in real terms. And yet there are people out there who are still in denial that property prices might have to fall back by as much as 40% to reach fair value. If only we had a crystal ball! One concern that we’ve been kicking around the MBMG offices lately is what if the credit crunch continues to force the Fed to splash the cash around like a happy drunk to the extent that the 24 hour a day

into overstay during the assessment.

Bangkok website. The form is called number 26 and it must be partially completed before attending the visit to the hospital.

settlement visa than in it which would raise the question is she settled in the U.K. or not? There are no strict guidelines to follow. I always advise my clients to reside a minimum of 9 months in the first year and 9 months of the second

Medical mayhem Q. I am an Australian citizen and we have recently submitted a settlement visa application for my Thai wife to live with me in Australia. When she submitted the relevant documents including her medical report, she was informed that her child from a previous marriage who is not traveling to Australia will have to under go a medical also. Is this correct? A. We have seen this on numerous occasions. At Key Visa when we help a client with an Australian settlement visa we automatically arrange for the Thai applicant and the Thai children to have the medical at the same time. It is not over expensive and saves time in the future whether the children are traveling or not, you can obtain the medical application form from the Australian Embassy

Greenback printing presses provoke further Dollar declines, which causes a further unwinding of positions in the US currency? We’ve even coined our own term for this decline and the ensuing collapse in US finance, housing and commercial property. We call it the Dollar hit or $hit. Even those who didn’t actually see it coming will know when we’re well and truly in the $hit. In these alarming times for investors, there are plenty of things that you should be genuinely concerned about without losing sleep over things that shouldn’t be a worry. So, it’s good to see that our portfolio bond partners, Generali International, part of Assicurazioni Generali, remains in the top 35 of the Fortune 500 listing of global companies - the 34th largest company by revenue, generating $4 billion of profit on revenues

of $114 billion. Financially secure, without the capitalisation concerns of some US insurers who are overexposed to Tier 3 assets (as we recently reported). Generali are the world’s 2nd largest life assurer behind AXA of France.

Thai wife to go to the U.K. Many people have told me she needs a police clearance record report. Is this correct? A. No, it is not necessary for a settlement visa to the U.K., but it is necessary for a settlement visa to Australia.

into another Thai account making sure it is in Thai baht. To open a Thai bank account, if you don’t have one, you will need a certificate of residency from the immigration bureau. """"""" This regular column is written by Darren McGarry, managing director of Key Visa, based in Jomtien at the Hanuman statue and in central Pattaya at soi L.K. Metro. He heads a team of up-todate consultants advising foreign residents here about their visa status and also clients wishing to take their Thai partners overseas. The questions presented here are typical of those raised at Key Visa on a daily basis but are discussed here only for general information and interest. Neither Key Visa nor Pattaya Today can enter into correspondence or debate about the particular replies in this column.

But we like the sunshine Q. I have lived in the U.K. with my Thai wife for a two year period and because I am retired we like to Big money, no visa spend approximately 8 Q. I am very confused. months of the year in I have been to the Thailand, we have immigration office to recently applied at the apply for a retirement Home Office for a further visa, and I have extension expecting 500,000.00 Australian to get an indefinite dollars in a Thai foreign remain to stay residence currency account, they permit, but we only have said no: I cannot received a limited period have my visa because of stay for 1 year. Why I don’t have the 800,000 is this? Thai baht in the A. There can be numerous reasons why “I haven't the faintest idea why I was bank. What do they refused a settlement visa.” mean? this decision has been A. We have seen made and you should year or try to spend as much receive notification why. time as possible in the U.K. this many times. The With regard to the details and prove your spouse is immigration office will not accept the money in in your question it is fairly well and truly settled. a foreign currency deposit obvious to the decision account. Unfortunately maker that your spouse Police clearance or not Q. I am applying for you will have to transfer has spent more time out of the U.K. during her 2 year a settlement visa for my some of your Aussie dollars

For those wanting more information on this or other financial topics then please contact Simon on The above data and research was compiled from sources believed to be reliable, however, neither Hamptons International Mortgages (Thailand) Ltd nor its officers can accept any liability for an errors or omissions in the above article nor bear responsibility for any losses achieved as a result of any actions taken or not taken as a consequence of reading the above article


Highway of Hell I HAVE not driven to Bangkok not been so lucky. They have Septics (particularly Repubfor many a year. It is so much endured break-ins into the lican Septics) are becoming easier to sit in the back of house whilst asleep upstairs. irate and somewhat hot under a taxi and let someone else This is so bad, I want to move. the collar about non Americans take the strain. Add paying But to where? My girlfriend being interested in who is the highway robbery (police has a much more laid back next US president and American payoff) en-route and it is relaxed Thai attitude. So we politics in general. So to add oil to the fire, I can see McCain actually not that more stay put. For now. running with a black women expensive. Put the cost of """"""" parking and wear/tear on “Reporters Without Borders” as Vice President. Regrettably, your vehicle and taking a taxi ranking of Worldwide Press this might make them a winning may actually be cheaper. Freedom Index placed Finland, ticket. Consequently, the new But what to do when the Ireland, Iceland and The year may see more of the same ‘Bangkok Taxi’ is the ‘Taxi Ride Netherlands at the top as the with out with the old and in from Hell’? I have had taxis countries with the most with the erm …. old (age and that have broken down but press freedom. The poll rated policies). Some say that the this last one was the Damien Thailand at (oops sorry cannot US will never vote a president of them all. Not sure if he was tell you!!!) with the United of black parentage. Mind overly tired or just of very Kingdom placed 27 just beaten you, it was not that long ago poor sight or blind. Once out by Lithuania and Namibia and that some said Britain would of Pattaya with the taxi the United States 53rd level with never have a women prime implanted firmly straddling Tonga and Botswana. Lurking minister. """"""" two lanes like a Scaletrix slot at the bottom was North Korea The correct explanation of car, it was a trial of weaving with China, Burma and Pakistan around other vehicles not much higher. Thailand was recession is when the ‘rate of growth’ of GDP falls three and last second braking. quarters in a row, it is a More of a F1 race than roller recession. Theoretically a coaster ride and certainly country can still have a not fun. So what to do? Ask healthy GDP growth rate of to be let out on the side of say 5% and technically be the motorway? Ask him to in a recession, if its rate of drive properly and risk growth had previously been antagonizing him? No, the higher. typical farang thing: keep I am the Jomtien quiet, close your eyes and HotMale and you may hold on. contact me at jomtien The return journey in a different taxi was better On my last visit, I was but interrupted by the amazed just how many Highway Police on Route speed cameras had sprung 36 near The Regents School stopping every Taxi and The wild boar of Prattamnak. He has up in Britain. They are a family of two piglets prolific. They are installed airport limo for 100 baht tea money. Clearly the driver 122 out of the 168 countries or and maintained by private companies and many make a expected me to reimburse him territories listed. and pay the stipend. Should I I have an elderly friend who lot of money. It is said the be upset about this highway has been here for years and has busiest camera is at the robbery? Or is it just a ‘tax’ that played the bar scene with merry beginning of the M1. It sends maintains the status quo and abandon. At the end of July he out fines to the tune of stops law enforcement such as had a stroke which has left him GBP840,000 A WEEK!!!! speed cameras, cameras at red with little or no use of his left With so many cameras it is, not lights, non enforcement of seat side. He is now lying prostrate surprisingly, easy to get a belt laws, drinking and driving in a small condo with one of the ticket. Insurance Companies etc? For me, the jury is still bar girls he frequented and a now take a different attitude to out. full time carer. Neither of whom them with small or no penalties """"""" care too much about him. It on insurance premiums for the I have moved house again. seems a tragic way to spend the casual offender as so many This time to Pratamnak. To the remainder of his life, no matter motorists have fallen foul of same Soi I lived in 6 years ago how much fun he has had on them. However, there is a when first in Thailand. How it the way. definite backlash against speed has changed with new houses The White House cameras or Gatsos as they are and new condominiums being announced the budget deficit know. MAD (Motorists built en masse. At night time for 2009 is expected to be Against Detection), a vigilante the roads can become a race US$450b excluding the cost anti speed cameras group, have track for noisy big bikes. Whilst of the war in Iraq. Where is disabled 1000 cameras since I like the accessibility to South the money coming from? 2000 with angle grinders, Pattaya and occasionally Quite simple: the Fed burning with tyres or blowing seeing the Wild Boar and its printing it. them up! The groups campaign family that roam the area, I Just to clarify: The age of director said “….. before we am shocked by the level of consent in Thailand is 15. had speed cameras we had the house break-ins. We have had Paying someone under 18 for safest roads in Europe. Since 3 different intruders in the sex is classified as a pedophile their introduction this is no garden (but not the actual offence and can lead to longer true”. It makes the 100 house) in the two months prosecution here and in your baht taxi ‘fine’ on Route 36 we have been there. Our home country. seem small feed. Particularly neighbours on both sides have I recently noticed that as the driver paid it.

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Beyond A Bath YOU worked hard for years and invested wisely so you could retire comfortably. You found Thailand and discovered an exciting place where you can enjoy the fruits of your labor like no place else on earth. The moment has arrived for you to switch gears from the work mode to the leisure mode. It is time to pamper yourself. The ultimate way to reward yourself is to create a sanctuary in your home, a place where you can relax at any time in a pleasant atmosphere. The first step in doing this is to remove the thought from your mind of owning a bathroom and replace it with the vision of enjoying a sanctuary. Whether you are buying or already own your home or condo, turning your bathroom into a sanctuary is something you should seriously consider. It is the perfect room in your home to make into a comfort zone, not only for yourself, but also for your wife or squeeze de jour. A happy woman makes for a happy life. More than the kitchen, the bathroom is the most important area of the home for women. Better yet, make it a sanctuary for relaxed enjoyment.

The standard old white sinks, toilets and bathtubs are no longer the look of choice. A multitude of affordable decorative and styled alternatives are available. Let’s imagine two scenarios for a moment and you be the judge. BATHROOM: You have a closet sized bathroom jammed with a boring white standard 5’ tub that doesn’t provide most adults enough length to submerge in the water. Either your upper torso is out of the water and feeling cold or your legs are poking into the air. When taking a shower your towel gets wet because the towel bar is inside the bath area. After a hot shower your entire bathroom is covered with condensation and the mirror is fogged up. When standing you can barely turn around without bumping the sink or toilet. You have no storage space for cleaning supplies, linens, extra toilet paper and toiletries. Lighting comes from a single bulb on the ceiling. SANCTUARY: You enter a spacious room adorned with assorted plants that keep the air fresh and gives it a pleasant feeling. The beautiful decorative wall tiles and accent marble are pleasing and easy to clean. The dimmer light switch allows

you to set the mood, and with the click of a button your favorite music bathes the room as you sink down into the massaging bubbles of your personal spa. Perhaps your wife (or squeeze de jour) joins you. No matter what has happened this day, all cares fade away and you feel alive and happy. After your relaxing whirlpool bath you reach for your dry, conveniently located towel and step out into a climate controlled room which is neither too hot nor too cold. As you dry off, your arms aren’t banging against the wall. Your mirror, it is fog free. No more wiping it off several times while peering through a smeared foggy haze. All your favorite toiletries are easily accessible from hidden shelves and not stacked precariously around the edge of the sink. Given the choice, having a sanctuary is obviously a more pleasant experience. Realizing you will use this room approximately 1000 times per year, the priority of making it comfortable, pleasant experience is self evident. The beauty is; it can be relatively inexpensive to create this luxury. A couple of square meters snatched

away from wasted space in an oversized bedroom will make the difference between a closet bath and a sanctuary. When considering the many changes you can make to convert your bathroom to a sanctuary, here are a few ideas. Mirrored wall cabinets add space for toiletries and make your new sanctuary feel spacious. A built-in linen closet provides shelving for towels, washcloths and a place to store extra toilet paper and necessities. Forget the fancy pedestal sink. It has no storage space underneath. Use quality washerless faucets and a designer water-saver toilet. A garden window or bay

window adds space and provides a shelf for plants and curios. Install floor tile with a safe, non-slip textured surface that is easily cleaned. Selecting light, neutral colors for walls and floor will make your sanctuary feel larger. An added benefit; lighter colors create pleasant emotional feelings. Complete your sanctuary with a two person whirlpool bath. For safety and peace of mind, require that all electrical circuits in the bathroom be on ground fault interrupter breakers (called “GFI” breakers). Take a look around Pattaya’s many home improvement stores to get ideas and compare prices and features. Whether

you are buying, building or already own a residence, having a sanctuary instead of a bathroom should be a major priority and deserves your special consideration. Not only will it immensely improve your life, if you sell your residence someday an elegant sanctuary can mean whether your home or condo is purchased or the buyer chooses someone else’s property. Regardless of your lifestyle, special attention to creating a sanctuary is time and money well spent. With the lower cost of housing in Thailand, this is the optimum time in your life to obtain those luxury items that eluded you in the past. You deserve it.

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Ask Andy Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: Screen Holes Dear Khun Andy, Our balcony has a sliding screen door which has several holes in it. The holes are only large enough to be noticeably ugly and to allow mosquitoes to enter at will. I just learned that here in Sri Racha it will cost anywhere from 500 baht to 1,000 baht to replace the screen. I am hoping you can provide a less expensive alternative. Suchaat in Sri Racha Sure, Khun Suchaat. Instead of replacing the whole screen, ‘paint’ the small holes with model airplane glue. The repairs will be invisible and mosquito proof. ##### Snakes in the Grass Is there any way that

piles. If you want to take defensive measures a step further, you can construct a snake-proof fence made of mesh wire screening (1/2 to 1 cm) built up 80 cm and buried 15 cm underground. It should slant outward at a 30 degree angle from bottom to top. The supporting stakes must be inside the fence and any gates must fit tightly. Remove all tall vegetation along the fence, both inside and outside. Keep in mind that snakes generally avoid people and—like geckos, bats and other local creatures—can actually help protect your home and garden, given their diet of rodents and insects. ##### Say Cheese I don’t know if it’s the

Tapcon concrete screw

snakes can be discouraged from entering houses, Andy? We live just on the outskirts of town, but our house borders on grass and woodlands. You can say ‘Keep the door shut,’ but we have a young daughter who is in and out all day. Is there some sort of deterrent spray that can be applied? Jungle Jim There are a number of deterrent sprays that can be applied, Jim, but I would not recommend any as effective. Similarly, purported repellents such as lime, sulfur, and mothballs are a waste of money and may be toxic if ingested by children and pets. You can reduce snake visits by altering the habitat: keep grass under 3 inches; limit shrub and flower beds to less than 4 inches of mulch; remove wood and debris

humidity here or what, Andy, but I just can’t seem to keep cheese any length of time. It goes bad so quickly. Can you advise? Mildred from Manchester Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil, Mildred. It will stay fresh much longer and will not mold. For long-term storage, hard and semihard cheeses can be frozen. Wrap ½-kilo blocks in aluminum foil as well as plastic wrap and put in freezer bags. While the cheese will still have its characteristic flavor when thawed, it could be a bit crumbly—particularly blue cheeses. Cheeses that fare worst with freezing are cream cheese and cottage cheese. ##### Parquet Rising The parquet flooring in

my house was done directly on the existing ceramic tiles by gluing the pieces of solid hardwood (mai daeng). Each piece is about 10 x 40 cm and 2 cm thickness, groove and tongue. However, in an area about 2 x 2, the existing tiles had appeared to be loose and therefore removed and the surface thoroughly closed and cemented over evenly and dried for about a week before gluing the parquet directly on it. After 2 months, as humidity climbed, the wood flooring rose about 3 cm exactly where the tiles had been removed. I do not know whether it was caused by humidity escaping from the fresh cement or because seasonal humidity expanded the wood which broke the cement. Do you have any experience or advice to resolve the problem? Reto Generally there are four reasons for such problems, Reto. 1)The floor is damp in that area for some reason; this will re-occur and spread. 2)The house has sunk in one area, causing the floor to buckle. 3)The floor joints do not provide proper support, so the floor is sagging (unlikely to occur if it’s a solid concrete floor). 4)The wood floor was not installed properly (i.e., the flooring was put in

when the concrete was still wet/damp; the proper adhesive and setting wasn’t used, etc.) It would probably be best to get an expert to make a determination and restore your floor. If that is out of the question, you could try reapplying the wood panels by holding them down while drilling a small hole through the panels

and into concrete floor. Counter-sink the top of each hole so the screw head will be below the floor surface. Then fasten with a Tapcon½ concrete screw. Fill the top of the hole with wood filler and sand. ##### Andy’s Helpers Tim in Banglamung writes: I have never seen this cure for hiccups fail,

Andy: Plug a finger snugly into each ear while a friend holds an 8-ounce glass of water to your lips. Drink all of the water without pause. The hiccups will now have disappeared. It really works. Thanks, Tim. I can’t wait to get the hiccups again. —Handy Andy


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PSC Members Monthly Tournament Annual Scramble at the Caddyshack by Mike Gerrard QUITE unusually, the traffic from Pattaya to Burapha was very thin on the ground for a change and the trip to the golf course was relatively easy. Either everyone was having another day off after celebrating the Queen’s birthday or the price of fuel these days is reducing the amount of traffic on the roads. I suspect a bit of both. Not so for the fairly good size group for this time of the year. I say fairly good sized group, because, we thought that we may have a reduced the field this time, due to an increase in the registration fee to 300 Baht, and giving a Wednesday a try for a change. Not so! We had around 80 players for today’s game. Just shows that we are not the miserly old folks of Pattaya after all. With this being the second tournament for our new golf chairman, some of the uncertainties from the last one were repaired and everything seemed to go off fairly successful at the registration. A big thanks to John Emmerson for coming to assist Tim Holt with the lovely Winnie sitting alongside to help. Seeing such a lovely figure of a person at that time of the day made sure everyone had a nice smile on their face. Certainly better looking than either Tim or John. After a couple of days of quite wet and cool weather, the skies cleared and there was a fresh wind with the sunny conditions. Playing the ‘C’ and ‘D’ course proved beneficial due to the fact that this course is much higher than the old course and the breeze blows better.

Back in the clubhouse, Tim, John and Perry, (along with the still beautiful, Winnie) awaited the scorecards. Whilst we were having a grateful jug or two of beer waiting for the result sheets to be analysed and recorded, I found myself in a time warp. Without realising it I went on stage with the microphone to explain a couple of things to all of the awaiting players, and ended up (after a few prompts from others) performing a stand up comedy/ gags routine. This would normally only last 2 minutes. To tell jokes to a load

This Month’s Trophies of male golfers does not always work. However today did and most of the folk with a sense of humour enjoyed themselves for a good 20 to 30 minutes. I think they were all relieved when it was apparent I did not have my music with me, therefore they did not have to suffer any singing. I’ll get you next time??? So, onto the winners for the day. Sorry I do not have the handicaps of the players listed at my disposal A Flight 1st. Clice Bruce. Net 69 2nd. Doug Lynch Net 70 (on countback from) 3rd. Kris Kritsanajootha. Net 70. B Flight 1st. Ian Covill. Net 71. 2nd. Tony Robbins. Net 74. 3rd. (himself), Perry McNeely. Net 75.

The Main winners with their Trophies

However, the ‘C’ and ‘D’ course is much tougher and most of the scores reflected on this statement. The greens were very fast and tricky, and it has to be said this fact was not helped by the sadistic greenkeeper who decided the position of some of the pin placements. My guess is the pros’ tour would not have accepted this. Never mind, same for everybody. Possibly the winners on the day were the one’s who did not 3, or even 4 putt!

Some of the Lovely Caddies at Burapha, with some ff the Not So Lovely (But Lovable) Players

Long Drives Anders Pederson and Henry O’Brien. Considering the fast greens there were a large number of twos recorded. 17 in all with each player receiving 1 sleeve of golf balls. It is fair to say that after an election of a new Golf Chairman that there are obviously going to be problems. The new kid on the block does not realise what he has stepped into. The position of PSC Golf Chairmans possibly the hardest job to fill within the PSC. The new Golf Chairman, (Perry Mcneely) has asked me to thank you all for attending and being so patient on the day. Rest assured, that as each monthly tournament is organised the standards will improve. There are enough people who care for this concept with great sincerity, and they will help Perry. If you feel you can help, then contact Perry personally. He will welcome all constructive help and comments. The PSC is the only organisation that promotes these days without making any profit. Indeed the PSC donates 27,000 baht extra to the entrance fees, which goes towards providing superb prizes for the day. A minimum of 40,000 baht is spent on prizes alone for this

The Golf Chairman and Assistants Relaxing After

C Flight (included the only lady player of the day) 1st. Marcus Inuzuka. 39 Points. 2nd. Peter Emslie. 37 Points. 3rd. Bill Plath. 36 Points. D Flight 1st. Norm Martin. 40 Points. 2nd. Ian Johanssen 39 Points. 3rd. Les Burns. 37 points. Technical Near Pins Gerry Cooney, Inuzuka Marcus, Chung Haisol, Dave Richardson, Kris Kritsanajootha, Hugh O’Donnell, Philip Barnsle and Daryl Evans.

monthly event. All the organisers and helpers receive nothing for their efforts and everything is done with supporting local charities in mind. Your support and gratitude is the only reward they ask for. With your support things can only get better. Next tournament is at Laem Chebang, Friday 12th September 2008. Green fee, caddy, and compulsory cart, 1,700 baht. Get down to the clubhouse and sign up!

THE Caddyshack put on their 3rd Annual Four Ball Texas Scramble. The venue was Green Valley and it has to be said the course was in great shape and the weather was very kind with some light breezes and some clouds to block the sun on occasions. All tee times went off virtually on time with only two golfers going to the wrong course. With 64 golfers this was going to be a day where long putts and accurate approach shots were a must, The 1st near pin was sponsored by Nick The Pizza and was won by Emmet White with a six foot putt left which was sunk for a birdie. The 2nd par 3 was sponsored by The WKD Drink or pronounced wicked in most pubs the winner was won by the lowest handicapper in the field known as Briany Christie, the 3rd nearest the pin was sponsored by The Caddy Shack and this was won by Dene Airey, and the last one was won by Owen Walkley. There was a nearest the Keg which was sponsored by John Smiths, this was a great prize and was fiercely played for with Daisy May coming out the eventual winner. The men’s longest drive had many names on it but the eventual winner was the big hitting Briany

Caddy Shack Scramble Christie who walked away was their day starting with five with a case of WKD. With a Birdies after five holes and few lady golfers in the field eventually tallying 12 birdies they contested their own long with no dropped shots with a drive with Mod Churiaksa total of 55.9 net was only good enough for 2nd place. The team winning. The main contest was a great of Roy Thornton, Mikael battle with the team of K. Andersson, Jeremy Masse and Mackintosh Alan Duffas Barry Traynor known as the Owen Walkley and J. Birdie boys managed to put Mackintosh scoring 9 birdies together 11 birdies and an with no dropped shots incredible eagle on the 14th to amounting to 58.1 to finish in give them a net total of 54.7 4th place, just ahead of them and take the win. Back at The Caddy Shack was the team of Geoff King, Ian Halfpenny, Dene Airey and there was a great buffet and Norman Best with ten birdies live music played until late, but a costly bogey on the 13th The Caddy Shack would like hole to give them 57 for 3rd to thank you all for making place. The team of Graham this event a success, also special Beaumont, Graham Dietrich, thanks go out to our sponsors Richard Steadman and Rich of WKD, Nick The Pizza and Montana must have thought it John Smiths.

Mountain Shadow ON the way to Mountain Shadow, it did seem as though it was going to be a thoroughly wet day, even as the caddies prepared themselves for departure, all the bag condoms were hurriedly being donned in preparation for the rain. But, it never arrived, it was only the course that dampened the 22 Outbackers that came today; only the course that once again taught everybody whose boss, only the course that sorted out those who can’t putt from those that thought they could. Three players in Div B managed the best score of the day of 33 points, and Pottsy was beaten into third place on countback, by the only two ladies of the day, Suzi Lawton (2 nd) and Trudy Chadbourn

(1st). Well done girls, taught the boys a lesson again! As for Div A, well there’s absolutely nothing to report,

the less said the better, what a disgrace only one player managing 30 points. Congrats Murray! There were two ‘2’s today from Suzi Lawton & Bob Pearce

Winners - Martin Todd, Suzi Lawton, Pottsy, Trudy Chadbourn, Murray Hart, Capt’ Bob & Stupid

SEPTEMBER Golfing Schedule for the TRGG Travellers Rest (Please note that this list is provisional and is subject to alteration) Monday 1st Pattana Thursday 4th Phoenix Saturday 6th Eastern Star Tuesday 9th Bangpra Thursday 11th Phoenix

Saturday 13th Eastern Star Tuesday 16th St. Andrews Thursday 18th Phoenix Saturday 20th Eastern Star Tuesday 23rd Pattana

Thursday 25th Phoenix Saturday 27th Eastern Star Tuesday 30th Khaokeow Thursday 2 nd October Phoenix



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Golf from the Travellers Rest The Bunker at Green Valley by Barry Hooper MOST regular golfers who play in the Pattaya area know of the course at “Bangpra” and that it is called the “Monkey Course”. Well at present it seems to be really living up to its name. Bangpra has been undergoing some major renovation to the club house and the course. During the work you did not see much of the monkeys they all seemed to have gone deep into the surrounding trees but now that the work is all but complete they are back in force. We went to the course on Thursday this week and although players and caddies

how she found the exact tree she must have very good local knowledge. Anyway we had one very relieved golfer at the end of the day This week we made one of our rare visits to Siam Country Club on Tuesday the 19th. We had a very good turnout and this shows that despite the course costs being somewhat higher than many other courses it is popular with the players. Gunnar Vangsnes made the day his own with a great score of thirty nine points some six clear of second place Billy Fitzgerald who won on count back from Liam Horgan both at thirty three. Fourth was Fergus

Saturday Winners – Fergus Brennan, Billy Fitzgerald and Stuart Banks

alike no how mischievous the monkeys can be they still leave things laying in the buggies. Seamus Farrell learned his hard lesson when a small bag containing his personal items including his locker key were snatched by a monkey and transported high into one of the trees. The caddies carry sling shots with them and after some effort they were able to get the bag dropped down from the tree. Unfortunately it was not until Seamus returned to the clubhouse that he found that his locker key was not in the bag. His caddy immediately went back down the course to the tree where the monkey business had taken place and was fortunately able to find the key at the base of the tree. Not sure

Brennan. No two’s recorded. On Thursday 21st as mentioned at the start of the report we went back to Bangpra. Our first visit since the renovation work has all but been finished. What a wonderful job has been done. The clubhouse is immaculate and the course in very good condition. It was really enjoyed by all who ventured out. Two divisions on the day. Division one was won by Fred Brent with a great forty two pointer. Second back at thirty seven was Frank Kelly with Matt Gibbons taking third. In division two Peter Morris was in first spot with thirty nine and Gunnar Vangsnes second after count back over Stuart Banks both at thirty six. No

Emerald 22nd August 13 OUTBACKERS took to the alternate Friday course, which this week was Emerald. Murray Hart shone here with an excellent 39 points (his second win of the week), from Bruce McAdam (still in his comfort zone) on 38 and Peter Gibson in 3rd with 35. There was only one ‘2’ from Mike O’Brien.

NOTE: On Monday 1st & Wednesday 3 rd September, the Outback Golf Bar will host their first anniversary, two day 36 hole stroke competition at Burapha. This is a full handicap competition, open to men and ladies, the overall winner of which will receive the Outbacker Decanter.

two’s again they seem very hard to come by these days. On Saturday 23rd we went to our usual weekend venue at Eastern Star. We had a relatively small turnout on the day and were advised on route by telephone that there was to be a delay in our appointed start time due to a junior competition that was taking place earlier having over run its time allocation. However, after a short wait and time for a cup of coffee, we were advised that we could start if we were prepared to shoot off from the tenth tee and use the back half of the course first. This proved to be a good decision as the play flowed very well with no hold ups and much of the time lost earlier was made up. Billy Fitzgerald became the winner with thirty eight points. Second and third spot was a count back decision over the last six with Fergus Brennan taking it over Stuart Banks both on thirty five. Two two’s on the day George Robinson and Billy Fitzgerald Full Results for the week Tuesday 19th at Siam Country Club Gunnar Vangsnes 39 hc 24 Billy Fitzgerald 33 hc 17 c/b Liam Horgan 33 hc 12 c/b Fergus Brennan 32 hc 09 No 2’s Thursday 21st at Bangpra Division One Fred Brent 42 hc 11 Frank Kelly 37 hc 16 Matt Gibbons 34 hc 14 George Bishop 33 hc 17 Divison Two Peter Morris 39 hc 25 Gunnar Vangsnes 36 hc 22 c/b Stuart Banks 36 hc 23 c/b Alan Evans 27 hc 25 c/b No 2’s Saturday 23rd at Eastern Star Billy Fitzgerald 38 hc 17 Fergus Brennan 35 hc 09 c/b (11 points back six) Stuart Banks 35 hc 23 c/b (10 points back six) Two 2’s George Robinson and Billy Fitzgerald In addition to the two day stroke tournament, there will be a daily competition with the usual divisions, and an overall Stableford competition for those of you who fail to make the cut. That’s all for now. If you have any thoughts, scandalous stories or suggestions, why not drop me a line at The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country. All are welcome to come and join us for a beer and a hit. Just call in and put your name down on the list or give Bob a call on 087 941 2474. Our Bus Trip this month is to th Royal Lakeside on Weds 27 Aug. More information can be found on our website

by Mick th

MONDAY 18 August Pattana Golf and Sports Resort 1st “Skinny” Newton (28) 43 points 2 nd Gerry Cooney (10) 38 points 3rd Tony Robbins (12) 36 points Playing Stableford at the usually tough Pattana Golf and Sports Resort “Skinny” Newton didn’t have any problems having one of his best rounds ever to win by a mile scoring 43 points. Gerry Cooney who is in the lead for the golfer of the month title had to settle for second place with an impressive 38 points and Tony Robbins was a further two points behind to finish third. None of this trio took any of

the technical prizes though as these went to Colin Greig, PJ Redmond, Anders Elderbrandt and Alex Kilcoyne. Wednesday 20 th August Siam Plantation 1st Russell Warner (22) 2nd Alexander Elderbrandt (4) 3rd Bart Elderbrandt (28) The Elderbrandt family had a good day at Siam Plantation brothers Alexander and Bart taking second and third places but they weren’t good enough to beat Russell Warner who had a splendid round and won with a 36 Stableford points. Alexander won a near pin prize too with the other three going to Reg Smart, William Macey and Colin Greig. Friday 22nd August Khaow Kheow 1 st Hugh O’Donnell (22) 31 points 2 nd William Macey (11)

26 points 3 rd Russell Warner (22) 26 points. Another tough course and another Stableford game came in the shape of Khao Kheow and with the grass a little longer than usual you had a hard job finding your ball even if you were only just off the fairway. If you did find your ball it was still a difficult shot to hack it towards the green. It was conditions like that on every hole and the scoring reflected this as Hugh O’Donnell won with a measly 31 points, William Macey took second place beating Russell Warner on a count back both finishing with an unimpressive 26 points. Hugh rounded off a great day for him by winning two of the near pin prizes the other two going to Geoff Cox and Reg Smart.

Pattaya Softball Goes International by Darryl Jay Wells THIS Sunday August 17th 7 Japanese gentlemen living in Sriracha descended upon our Jomtiem field of dreams, to give our softball afternoon a truly international flavor. Adding to the mix were 2 Aussies, 2 Brits, and a token Canadian (yours truly), plus 10 red blooded Americans. In the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play, we let the elder statesmen (Alan and Perry) divide up the teams equally, and John CF our PSC softball guru agreed to umpire the two matches. In game 1, Alan’s amigos came back from a 2 run deficit in the bottom of the seventh to win the match 9 to 8. Clutch hits by Rhys and newbies Brian and Yoshi loaded the bases, for Shawn, who hit a hard single to left field to score the winning run. This miraculous comeback win seemed to light a fire around Perry’s perturbed peers. Game 2 saw both teams play better defence that led to two scoreless innings. But in the third Perry’s pack came to life with homeruns from Scotty, Mark and me, making the score 6 to 1. The hitting onslaught continued from the beaten bunch, scoring seemingly at will, and holding Alan’s team to just 1 more run. Final score was 13 to 2, which made

everyone a winner of one game. All agreed, it was a wonderful day at the diamond. We would like to thank the Japanese boys for coming along and showing us that they too can play some good ball. We will see them again in two weeks time and look forward to playing an America vs. the rest of the world double header then. It was also good to see the grandfather and son combination of Perry and Cameron back at the diamond. The young traveler from California did his heritage proud by going 4 for 10 during the day and scoring 3 runs. Kudos also goes out to our softball chairman John CF who was instrumental in bringing in the new players

to the game, umpired and also brought the beer! Coming soon to Pattaya Softball is a special 4 team league competition. It will be sponsored by various bars in and around our wonderful town. Leos Blues Bar in Naklua, The Golf Club in LK Metro, and The Classroom 2 on second road near soi 4 are rumored to be three of the four sponsoring teams. We are still looking for a fourth and final bar to join our league. Any and all interested bar owners, please email me at for more details. Box scores, winning team photos, and starting line ups are below: See you next week on the diamond!

Monday Quiz League

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Three Sisters Golf

by Paul E. Donahue ONLY the brave and optimistic drove to the Pattaya Country Club on the early morning of 19 Aug as a light persistent rain fell. Even as the men were signing up the rain continued. As the first challenger teed off, the rain stopped and a pleasant day was enjoyed by all, that is until the score cards came in. Apparently mother nature got her revenge by kidnapping errant balls, dropping more than a few

into her ponds and otherwise keeping scores very low. Even Champion Dale Murphy who last week topped the

Dale & Herbie board with a 45 dragged himself in with only a 35. It was good

enough to take first place with Bill Key taking 2nd with a 32. Bill didn’t hang around for picture taking so picture honors went to Herbie Ishinage who had a 31. The rest of the field including big hitters such as Bob Benda, Sus Ige and Paul Kraft came in with scores they would rather not talk about. Once again the field retired to Caddy Shack II for some fine spicy sausage provided by Herbie along with Manila’s finest.”

Golf from the Cafe Kronborg by Perry McNeely

Tropical Bert’s Tuesday Outing to Greenwood C. C. by Perry McNeely AS WE met at Bert’s to have our customary breakfast, before heading to the golf course, the sky appeared to be our enemy, as it look very dark in the direction we were heading. We were all sure that this day would be a wet one. However, to our pleasant surprise, the rain held off, and we played a very delightful round of golf under the overcast skies, with the gentle breezes to help keep us cool. We arrived early for our 10AM tee off, and were happy to see that greenwood had a very nice special price for us that day, of 1050 Bt all included for green fee, caddy fee, and a golf cart. This was looking like every thing was going to go our way, that day. We quickly were out of the locker room and off to find our caddy and clubs. Again, to our good luck, there was no one ahead of us and we could tee off early. This was all too good to be true. Surely, some bad scores had to follow, but to my surprise, the course was delivering some excellent scores, at least on the front side. Steve Hampstad made the turn with a super score of 24 points on the “B’ side, followed by Perry McNeely with 23 points, and the ever cunning Anders Pedersen, with a fine 21 points in his pocket.

Mashi, Perry, Steve, Bert's Girl, John, & Dick This was surely going to be a back to the friendly confines on remarkable day for great scores, Berts, but some still scratching because the white tees were there heads, with yours truly placed way up front and being one of those that was everyone seemed to be hitting still asking, “What the —— happened to our great the ball sweetly. Sad to say, the back side, beginnings.” Now to the “C”, was not as friendly, and it presentation: 1 st Place went to Dick more or less destroyed all hopes for that elusive 45-50 super Warberg with a fine 39 points, round. Steve struggled in with 2nd place was Perry McNeely a disappointing 14 points, on count back, with a 38 points. Perry with 15, as well as Anders 3rd place with 38 points, losing with 16. What had happened on count back was Steve to the magic from the front side Hampstad, 4 th place was was asked by all. But, one Anders Pedersen with 37 man’s loss is another man’s gain, points, and 5th place, winning and Dick Warberg lit it up on on count back over Mashi the back, and was able to leave Kaueta, was Frank Pilkington. the leaders in the dust with a Near pin winners were : Les fine 20 points on the back. Well Burns, Perry McNeely, and done Dick! Badger. Long Putts : Perry After our showers and McNeely, and Mashi Kaueta. change of clothes, we all headed Below a picture of the Winners.

Pattana ( Stableford) The Pattana Sports Club A & B Nines were the Host for a Stableford Competition in two Flights with the cut at Handicap 20. The Course on the day was in fine shape with a new ‘Monday Special’ being offered at 990 Baht for greenfee and a 100 Baht voucher for food. Ted Morris took the A Flight with 36 points, Marcus Inuzuka took second with 35 points and Bill Plath third with 34 points. In the B Flight the winner was Hugh O’Donnell with the best of the day, 39 points. Norm Martin was second with 33 points and in third was Daryl Evans with 32 points. Siam Plantation We visited the Siam Plantation B & C Layouts for the first time, and to get all customized to the Course we played a two ball betterball. The Course on the day has to be one of the best conditioned anywhere and was a pleasure to play. Taking first place was the team of Bill Plath and Kris Kritsamanjooth with 42 points, second was Mike Winfield and Martyn Topham with 40

Dave presents to Bill Plath

points and third was the team of Walter Bachli and Hugh O’Donnel with 39 points We will back at the Plantation on Monday the 15th September, format to be decided at a later date. Just another reminder the next Pattaya Sports Club Members will be at Laem Chabang International Golf Club on Friday The 12th September, with a better rate than any other Friday Popular Venue. Phoenix ( Stroke- Monthly Mug) In the words of the famous saviour of the ‘Human

Peter Basi

Race’ when he sacrificed his life and drove his plane into the Alien Spaceship, ‘I’m Baaaack’. Well not quite as the sleep problem coming this way is still big, and truth is I slept in for this one. Still Dave was in the chair and why should I worry, he may be a new boy but he will soon learn!!. So off they went and as usual Phoenix was in pretty good condition, with a fairly strong wind that ensured scores would not be too good. Also playing Lakes and Ocean is not a favourite 18 holes, but still a little easier than Mountain and Lakes. Back at the Cafe Kronborg it

Per Olaf Baarli was noticeable that several potential winners had not returned because they thought their scores were not good enough. Well they were wrong, and it seems the bringing into line of handicaps is working and net 72 is a winning score. So I will not put down the net scores of some Flight winners because some of the actual winners were not there. Also it is to save some red faces, not of the winners but just think of those who were not even mentioned!!. The winner of the A Flight, 0 to 17, was Per Olaf Baarli, with John Naponic in second and Kris Kritsmanjooth third. Incidentally we have declared John as having the biggest feet ever to play at The Cafe Kronborg. If feet actually play. Size 22/23 for those interested. In the B Flight the winner was Peter Basi, actually with a not bad net 72 ahead of Dave Richardson in second with also a not too bad net 74 and just ahead of John Morel with an also passable net 75. So to the winner of the Mug, and with his replaced hip seemingly working well Bill Plath scored a net 71. Well done Bill and Hip Hip Okay! T.T.F.N.

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id-week Birthday Bash: The owner of the Sweethearts ogling den (Walking Street; right next door to the longrunning Roo boozer) will be celebrating his birthday on Wednesday 3 September. The den kicks off around 8:00PM and there will be free nosh available for early comers. The den offers draught amber fluid at 45 baht with lady drinks at 95 baht. Bar fines are on the low side at 400 baht and there are about 20-25 dames of the chrome pole on show most nights, although there’s nary a stray nipple in sight. A Year Already: Time in the vortex we call Fun Town seems to be driven by some kind of universal particle accelerator and I can’t believe I’m penning the fact the Sisterz ogling den (Walking Street) will be celebrating its first anniversary on Thursday night 4 September. It seems only yesterday the news of the demise of the longestablished Honey den was being announced. Naturally, to celebrate this milestone there will be a raft of coloured balloons inflated for a brief period of life while the management put on a party for well wishers. The Limbo dance contest that had been slated for 21 August had to be postponed due to the illness of one of the owners; I’m told it had nothing to do with his back. Presumably it will make a re-appearance on the party agenda at a later date. Come in Spinner: This is an idea that reminds me of the great party strip game ‘spin the bottle’. The Club Boesche ogling den (Soi 16, off Walking Street) recently went through a slump in regards to the numbers and quality of its dancing damsels. As is typical of the nightlife scene the slump was part of a cycle and a solid recruitment drive in the wilds of Issan has seen numbers grow to about 40. Quite a few of these are very easy on the eye, and in a couple of cases the only thing left to the imagination is the size and shape of a dancer’s big toe. Management have also introduced a unique customer-friendly method of providing bar fines. When a testosterone-charged

punter offers to take a wallet emptier from the drudgery of dancing and carousing back to his place for a spot of horizontal folk dancing, the standard bar fine in Club Boesche is 600 baht. As a promotional tool a serving wench should appear with what looks like a miniature ouija board. On it are eight numbers and an arrow. The customer gets to spin the wheel (of fortune) and has a one in eight chance of scoring either a free bar fine or a half price of 300 baht. As well there are two other reduced amounts: 400 baht and 500 baht. The other four amounts are the full price of 600 baht. So, every

and once an owner takes his eyes off the strobes in his primary den the usual result is a downturn in quality and efficiency. The owner of Windmill Club, after going down the expansion road for a time, has reduced his interests to his initial venture and this has resulted in the place regaining much of its previous vibe. A Long Way to the Top: How it continues to remain open is a surprise to me as the Honey Club ogling den (Soi 11, or Soi Honey Inn as it’s better known) is one of those off-the-beaten-track places lacking any real attraction. My guess is that

THAT’S THE STYLE: The Sisterz ogling den (Walking Street) will be celebrating a year in business in early September; this is a good example of why it appears to be doing well. (Photo by DAK)

customer gets a 50 percent chance of a reduction in the bar fine. A great idea and I understand it’s been very well received. Welcome Return to Form: After losing its way for a while the Windmill Club ogling den (Soi Diamond) has returned to something like its former glory. One of the most difficult exercises for any operator in Fun Town is to try and successfully run more than one outlet. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched a variety of quite savvy owners try a bit of empire building and clone their prime successful venture and expand into a second or even a third or fourth establishment. For a variety of reasons these extra appendages usually prove to be far too much effort for the overall return,

it might be a bit of a ‘local’ for the owner and a group of friends, with the odd stray customer wandering in off the mean streets. On my most recent visit there were about eight to 10 dancers, most of a decidedly well-fed girth. Happy hour offers draught amber at 65 baht; not sure that gets too many people excited. Appropriately Named: I have a friend who thinks the Hot & Cold ogling den (Soi Post Office) is the worst example of the art in Fun Town. He doesn’t get out enough, because I can assure him there are far worse. That said, the name of this long-established place is appropriate because it really does run ‘hot’ and ‘cold’. One night the place has all the ambience of a cold storage; another night and it’s a case of hang on to

your bits. The joint opens in the early afternoon and goes until about 3:00AM most nights. There are usually about 20 or more dancing damsels and it’s rare to find any who would be classed as topshelf; most have a pretty obvious striation in the lower shelf, indicating a healthy child-bearing ability. The mamasan looks like a danger to shipping; she’d make a Sumo champion look like an anorexic. The libations are reasonably priced: lolly water just 60 baht, and lady drinks are among the cheapest of any place inside or outside- in town at just 80 baht. No customer is left to fend for himself; within a minute there are usually a couple of fondlers jockeying for position and hoping to arouse you to the point you’ll take advantage of the lying-in facilities upstairs: all-in for 1,300 baht. Light Fingers on the Buses: While the following technically has nothing directly to do with the night entertainment scene, I consider it important to make as many people aware of what is becoming, or may have already become, a serious problem on the well-worn tourist streets of Pattaya. There are around 700 songthaews (better known as baht buses) plying the streets of the city and they have always been a great way of getting around. Approximately two to three years ago there were a spate of robberies taking place on the buses with gangs generally consisting of a couple of females one usually holding a babyand a gender-confused cross dresser attempting to pick the pockets of unsuspecting travellers. There was usually another accomplice following the baht bus on a motorbike to assist in making a fast getaway. Although there were press reports about arrests being made it looks as though the pickpocket brigade are well and truly out and about and making complete nuisances of themselves. Over the last couple of months at least three people I know have been relieved of their wallets while on a baht bus, usually while riding

along Soi Buakhow. I have heard numerous stories from others about people they know who have been robbed in this fashion so, based on empiric evidence alone, I don’t think I’m over-exaggerating things by saying we have a real light-fingered epidemic in Fun Town. So, be warned: keep your hands off the trouser snake and firmly on your wallet when riding the baht buses. Food on the Run: The Neeroys bog-standard noshery (Soi Chaiyapoom) is one joint doing alright despite the overall business downturn in Pattaya. Catering to a local market and offering stomach fillers at very reasonable prices, it’s no wonder the place is pretty busy most nights. The 99-baht fish-and-chips remains one of the best value meals in the city. The Lek sleeping palace (Second Road) buffet is another that really is great value for money. The dinner buffet retails with all you can shove into your stomach for just 180 baht, including standard Thai nosh as well as Western items such as fish and chicken fillets, spaghetti, beef sirloin steaks, various desserts, fruit, coffee, and tea. The breakfast buffet at 110 baht is also well worth the money. Around the Traps: The Soi Buakhow area, especially around Soi Lengkee, Soi Chaiyapoom, Soi Diana, and Soi LK Metro, has well and truly established itself as a major nightlife centre. The Club Oasis ogling den, on the corner with Soi Chaiyapoom, does the kind of business many other operators only dream about. Further along Soi

Buakhow the Club Blu gyrating coyote boozer, on the corner of Soi LK Metro, appears to have a strong regular clientele. In Soi LK Metro itself, the Champagne chrome pole palace is another with a solid following; the fairly new Ice coyote joint, modelled on pretty much the same lines as the nearby Club Blu, looks to be still finding its feet, or should that be ‘boots’? Seguing slightly from the intended theme of this item, I’m told most of the dancing damsels in the coyote joints are earning so much money from wages, libations, tips, and overseas sponsors that they demand anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 baht for a short-time organ recital. Very few will agree to spend a whole night with most customers. As a mamasan was recently overheard to say to a customer in an ogling den, “these girls won’t work, they’re getting too much money.” Down in Soi NervousClinic (formerly Soi Yamato) a place called the 77 boozer has opened just down the street (towards Second Road) from the Stringfellows cocks-infrocks den. From the outside it appears to be an ogling den. There were a couple of bikinied ladies of expanding waistline at the feed trough when I stuck my head in and a boy-who-would-be-a-girl trying to entice me further inside. With a couple of pool tables 77 Bar appears to be more an air-conditioned beer boozer. Piece of (Aging) Pith: Once you’re over 50: Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.


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Pattaya Today’ s Brainy Fortnightly Crossword








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by Mr Mick



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Solution Issue 23 P



Sudoku Puzzle

Find the word which, when placed after the first word & before the second word, To solve the puzzle, each row, column and will form two more words. box must contain each of the numbers 1 Example Field....Trap Answer Mouse 4 2 1




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THE bridge world is divided equally into underbidders and overbidders and it’s a moot point which is the lesser of two evils. Terence Reese, the British expert, once said he preferred partners who exceeded their worth as he preferred to go down fighting. One the other hand Rixi Markus once observed that she preferred underbidders so that it was always a pleasant surprise when the dummy went down. The argument




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



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.

rages on and always will. In today’s hand, you pick up a modest collection as dealer: ♠ Q J 7 6 4, ♥ 10 6 2, ♦ A 7 3, ♣ A 9. Alas, you have to pass and your left hand opponent says one diamond which your partner then doubles. Right hand opponent passes, so what is your response on your collection in this instance? A lot of players would utter one spade, but this could be passed out by partner as he forced you to bid with his take-out double. You might have scarcely any points at all.

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1. REEL KFC 2. TEC REPS 3. SHYT LOG 4. Y FIL NUN 5. RE R LAMB 6. LEN CRIK 7. ROY L LIP 8. HE SEES C 9. SID SUCS 10.BAD LIES But, of course, you do have quite a good hand after your partner shows a proper opening bid in his double. So you ought to say two spades in response to him. In so doing, you are showing that, although you did not have enough high card points to open as dealer, you have 10, 11 or 12 points and a strong preference for spades. Although your partner in theory could still sign off by passing - his double might have been light for all you know he is likely to go on bidding as he has a much clearer picture of your hand. With your hand, it would be a mistake to reply just one spade. The mark of an underbidder you might rightly say.

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Last week’s solutions 1. Land 2. Time 3. Wind 4. Ten 5. Punch 6. Poppy 7. Bitter 8. Tail 9. Off 10.Out

Shod Holder Down Cushion Pipes Tail Bread Fall Time Neck

ANSWER Slip Share Break Pin Bag Cock Sweet Wind Spring Break

Last week’s solutions 1. C OUR POT 2. REX PIED 3. ARA CHIC 4. TEAR SUE 5. EAU FRET 6. CUTE MOO 7. OF A SHIN 8. UGE REEF 9. PR FOR ME 10.U MOST RR


Horror Films 1. How many days later were specified in the movie title? 2. What finally destroyed the Wicked Witch of the West? 3. Which of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories has been filmed the most often? 4. Which film about the destruction of New York had the tagline “Where Will You Be”? 5. Which monster had the tagline in the movie “Size Does Matter”?

6. Who played Laurie Talbot, the werewolf, the most often in Hollywood? 7. Which character claimed “Gin is my only weakness” in The Bride of Frankenstein? 8. Which star played the man buried alive in Roger Corman’s movie The Premature Burial? 9. How many times did Boris Karloff play the Frankenstein monster in full length feature films? 10. In which horror movie did a bird come knocking at my chamber door?

1. 28 days; 2. Water; 3. Fall of the House of Usher; 4. The Day After Tomorrow; 5. Godzilla; 6. Lon Chaney Jr; 7. Dr Pretorius; 8. Ray Milland; 9. Three; 10. The Raven.


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




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Vol.7 No.24 ! 1 - 15 September 2008

Shenanigans Jomtien Another Touch of the Irish By Mick and Di The Food Lovers

SHENANIGANS have done it again! The second branch of this everpopular Irish pub/lounge/ eatery/sports bar and beer garden has recently arrived in Jomtien. The decor is light and airy with the gleam of polished wood and sparkling glass. There are a multitude of seating options: at or near the large friendly bar, comfortably in the dining areas, in peaceful seclusion in the attractive library or under tropical skies in the leafy beer garden. Eight super screens (two outside) provide all the international sports events with ease while the Manager, Stuart Fraser ably mans the helm in launching this new Shenanigans to the Costa

Jomtien. The famous Shenanigans carvery will be appearing in Jomtien starting the weekend of 6th September. On Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon till 11.00 pm the superb selection of salads, homemade soups, six roast joints, nine vegetables plus roast potatoes followed by dessert will all be available for B.450. This is a legendary “eat-asmuch-as-you-like-affair” and is also served with your first tipple free, i.e. house wine, Tiger/Heineken draught beer or a soft drink. Happy hours are from 2.00 pm till 7.00 pm with “two for one” promotions of cocktails and shooters. Daily specials offer value for money and exciting choices. For example on

Mondays the seafood basket (mixed seafood and chips, fish, calamari, prawns are served with fresh lemon and tartar sauce), Tuesday is BBQ ribs, Wednesday schnitzel night with Thursday presenting chicken or beef fahitas and for Saturday the famous steak night featuring a 400 gr. T-bone for only B.260. The a la carte menu offers a wealth of gastropub selections including their famous Irish stew and beef and Guinness pie to lamb chops, mixed grills and England’s most popular dish, chicken masala! A full compliment of Thai dishes is offered together with an excellent wine list, cocktails, spirits and Champagne.

Shenanigans already has its followers and a winning formula in Pattaya. The new branch in Jomtien will surely become “the local” of choice for the area and

a popular social meeting place for visitors and the local community. Located on the Ground Floor of Jomtien Complex

Condominium. Open daily from 9.00 am till 2.00 am. Tel: (038) 303 490. Credit cards will be accepted in the near future.

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Papaya in Pattaya The Sheraton’s Thailicious new restaurant By Mick and Di The Food Lovers A MORE stunningly picturesque setting for a restaurant would be hard to imagine. The luxurious Sheraton Pattaya is the location for this dazzling culinary destination. Hues of ruby red reflect from the walls and ceiling mirroring the flickering candlelight and cinnabar decor. The design statement is superb, from the silky gold napkins, glass mosaic placements to the cathedral ceilings and huge picture windows revealing a white sandy beach and lofty palm trees which flutter and sway in the evening breeze. Papaya in Pattaya is located on the mezzanine floor, overlooking the dazzling beach and it was here that Mick and I met the genial General Manager, Dietmar (Didi) Koegerl, to enjoy firsthand the Papaya in Pattaya experience. Christopher Columbus called papaya “the angel of fruits” and it certainly possesses a myriad of angelic nutrients, health benefits and uses. Our curtain raiser for the evening was an amuse bouche of spring roll artfully presented in a shot glass resting on a puddle of palm sugar dip. From the appetisers we had chosen tod mun goong (deep fried prawn cakes) and a salad of herbs with fresh Akami tuna (B.320). Both were total bliss; the little prawn balls had been coated in airy Japanese panko breadcrumbs which crunched delightfully revealing a succulent prawn interior. The tuna had been expertly marinated and received the

perfect escort of aromatic herbs and light spicing. Other starters include fried crabmeat and minced pork presented in a crab shell, white prawns wrapped with crisp fried egg noodles, crisp duck salad with coriander, ginger and shallots and many more plus some sensational sounding soups. Fragrant nam prik (traditional Thai chilli dip served with vegetables) comes in three gourmet varieties and for fans is a must try to set the senses firing on all cylinders! We had chosen to imbibe a bottle of Michael Lynch Bordeaux Rose (B.1900) thinking that the perfumed fusion of the Thai dishes

would not be overwhelmed by its delicate blush bouquet. This proved to be the case and we made a mental note to delve more deeply into the delights of rose wine. Main courses offer a wealth of choices. We chose a spicy and sour curry broth with young papaya and fried snow fish (B.340) accompanied by stir fired broccoli with oyster sauce and crab meat (B.220) and baked jasmine rice with pork, dried shrimp and taro. Snow fish has long been a favourite of ours but here the fusion with Thai style khaeng som was inspirational and the fish happily absorbed the spicy flavours. The young

papaya which had been braised in the sour broth was sensational and something I will be more than happy to copy at home. Crunchy verdant broccoli made the perfect foil for the sweet crab meat while the jasmine rice bounced the taste buds back to actuality with its traditional Thai seasonings. An exquisite combination of dishes and we were bursting with compliments for the master Thai chef. For more gourmet delights try the Phuket lobster served with a sweet red curry sauce (B.1600) or red curry of roasted duck leg with Chonburi pineapple and cherry tomatoes. For meat lovers succulent braised beef and grilled eggplant in green curry sauce (B.340) or sliced barbecued sirloin of beef served with hot and spicy fermented fish dip would be ideal. We have to admit we are not addictive dessert lovers, but our charming waitress persuaded us to try her favourite dish of sticky rice and fresh mango and it seemed churlish to refuse. It was indeed luscious and toothsome and provided the sweetest finale to our Papaya in Pattaya evening. Dining here in the Sheraton’s gem of a new restaurant is an experience not to be missed. The quality of the cuisine is the highest, the expertise in the kitchen supreme and the setting and service sensational. Sit back in this stunning ambiance and give thanks that for whatever reason providence put you in this locale and that you made the right decision to dine at Papaya in Pattaya. Open Monday to Saturday from 6.30 pm till 10.30 pm. All prices plus government tax and 10 percent service charge. Closed Sundays. Situated in The Sheraton Pattaya, Phra Tamnak Road, Pattaya. Tel: (038) 259 888 or visit


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

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

(ptm-2007)Electric Bicycles – Economical and environmentally friendly. Ride 40 km between battery recharges. Each recharge costs only 4 baht. Quiet. No pollution. For catalogues & prices. Please call Ecobrand 081 875 0860, 02 965 6291-3, Visit their website, (ptm-2007)Mobility Scooters - Portable 3 wheels, 4 wheels, latest models. Full service by distributor. For catalogues and prices. Please call Ecobrand 081 875 0860, 02 965 6291-3, Visit their website, (ptm-0108)An Installed Concrete and Tile Pool adds value to your home, making it easier to sell. Completed/ready to use in 30 days cost under 300,000bt. With no hidden extras. Pool Guy 086 149 4279 (ptfas-2307)B.B.Q. Imported Australian Billabong, includes cover, hose, regulator and gas bottle.1 year old. Replacement cost 22,000 Baht. Sell Baht 12,000 081 376 1773 Looking to buy or sell your PC? is the only place to go for the best value electronics goods Pattaya / Jomtien. “Discover the dragon” at (ptfas-p2407)Cheapest TV’s in Pattaya!!! I have a wide range and certain brands of TV’s that are all brand new and come with 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. From LCD’s, Plasma’s to standard TV’s. All of which come in a range of sizes. Not only TV’s but many electrical Items are available for sale i.e. fridge freezers and washing machines. For further information and prices on any items please contact Alan on 084 944 2541.

Article Wanted Looking to buy that perfect gift? is the only place to go for the best new shopping outlets in Pattaya /Jomtien. “Discover the dragon” at Teak Wood Furniture in Good Condition - TV cabinet, display cabinet, bookcase, etc. Please phone: 087 140 6114.

Pets (pta-mo2407)2 sweet and Lovable Kittens, one male, one female, need good home. Have been dewormed and vaccinated. Please call 086 160 5835

Boat for Sale (ptm-r2207)Explore The Beautiful Beaches, Islands, Coral Reefs Near Pattaya or go fishing on your own fast Trimaran, for a very affordable price. A share in this sailboat cost only 3,000 US Dollars. Call Richard at 086 156 7323 or (ptm-0007)Quick sale Chaparral Speed Boat 22 ft. excellent condition, Yamaha 250 HP V6 engine. Price: 750,000 Eng : 081 003 3703 Thai : 081 295 7928 (ptm-1407)Imported Used Boat Years 2005 to 2008. Cabin Cruiser Bow Rider ….. start from 24 feet up to your dream. Available today in Pattaya or under order. 3 month delivery with registration and complete check up. Bargain Prices. Mortgage available for every one to suit any budget. Call Today for information 086 702 3611 Looking to buy or sell your boat? is the only place to go for the best value craft in Pattaya / Jomtien. “Discover the dragon” at (ptm-1107)15 Foot Fibre Glass Metal Trailer 70,000 baht. Many extras to be sold separately, fish finder and compass, jackets, 4 boat rods with Penn Reels, 5 HP engine. Best offer for everything, illness forces sale. 038 406 791 (ptfb-2406)33 Foot Long, 7 Foot Beam, 6 Cylinder StraitSix Diesel, in-board, shaft driven, wooden hull, Licensed for 10 persons, diving/swimming platform, scuba tank racks, head (marine toilet), 8-10 knots cruising speed. Suitable for scuba diving, snorkeling or trolling for fish. Very economical, approximately 10 litres per hour. Asking price 200,000 Bahts. Call 086 844 8088 for quick sale.

Business Opportunities (ptm-0408)We Supply and Service Game Machines. Free of charge! We supply the machine, you provide the location. Call 081 762 8379 (ptm-sp1808)Pool Tables Brand New (coin operated). Profit sharing, you provide the location, we provide the pool table for free and all maintenance costs. We will also consider buying your old pool table. For more information, please call: 081 762 8379

(ptm-a0108)RayongMaerampung Beach on the Way to Koh Samet. Guesthouse on the Beach. Large leasehold business for sale. Completely renovated 5 storeys complex: 10 rooms, A/C, with private bathroom. Fridge and TV. One apartment/office and a seaview roof top apartment with large terrace. Bar & Restaurant area with pool table, TV/DVD, phone/fax, ADSL internet WiFi. Concession of private beach in front (600 sq.m) included! Lease 3+3 years. Rent 20,000 THB/month. Bargain for quick sale: 1,950,000 THB. Ph. 084 865 5243(Eng) – 089 096 7505(Th) – Email: (ptm-p0108)Soi 8 – Sexy Bar for Rent – Key money 60,000 baht. Rent 23,000 baht per month. Fully furnished, 1 pool table. Phone 081 290 1705 (ptm-u0108)Bar and Beauty Salon for Sale. Located opposite Tiffany Show near Night market, Second rd. Price: 650,000 baht. Tel.: 081 153 4133, 089 062 7002. Email: Pattaya B-O-C, Bars – Restaurants – Mini Marts – Beauty Saloons – Guest Houses – Hotels – Go Go Bars – Café’s – Coffee Shops – Launderettes for sale in and around Pattaya. All work carried out in strictest confidence. Prices range from 400k Baht up. Contact Mike 086 303 1708 or visit New to business in Pattaya? Let us guide you through the minefield. We can walk you through the process of buying and setting up a business in Thailand legally and without headache. B.O.C Pattaya. Tel Mike: 086 303 1708 or visit (ptm-m0808)Chockchai Village 4, Salon & Business Office. 2 bedroom town house. Fully furnished. 4 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Tel. 089 934 4148 I’m Looking for a Business Such as a Restaurant, Small Bar, Rooms etc Under Half a Million Bath. Please e-mail at . I will consider any small business as long as it is legit and your paperwork is in order. Do not contact me with 3rd party agreements. Only people that actually own the property may do so. Bars – Restaurants – Mini Marts – Beauty Saloons – Guest Houses – Hotels – Go Go Bars – Cafe’s – Coffee Shops – Launderettes for sale in and around Pattaya. All work carried out in strictest confidence. Prices range from 400k Baht up. Contact Mike 0863031708

New to business in Pattaya? Let us guide you through the minefield. We can walk you through the process of buying and setting up a business in Thailand legally and without headache. B.O.C Pattaya. Tel Mike : 0863031708 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 Pool Lounge-There are four full size American pool tables in this well established lounge. The lounge currently has 3 pool teams and runs many competitions, as well as a fully stocked bar. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Bar / Guest House – An opportunity has arisen to purchase this well appointed guest house, located on one of Pattaya’s busiest streets. There are five rooms all with air con, and a fully stocked bar offering both pool and darts with indoor and outdoor seating. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Hostess Bar- One of Pattaya most well known bars, has three years proven accounts showing a very healthy profit. This bar will not be on the market for long. Viewing is highly recommended. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Soi 7 Bar –This busy beer bar located right in the heart of the action. The bar has been established for many years and has always made good profits. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Go Go Bar – 1.2 million baht for sure the cheapest in town, owner has to return home. Must be sold this week. Call Craig 087 077 0475 e mail: Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 Hotel Units and Villas for Sale and Rent Back. Fantastic investment for speculators requiring security. Call Barry 089 933 3583 Looking to link up with another business? is the only place to go for the best B2B listings in Pattaya / Jomtien. “Discover the dragon” at Warehouse/Factory Building. Approx. 450m2 on 2052 square metres of land, 20 minutes by car from Pattaya city, close to Highway 36. The premises can be bought, rented or taken over on a hire purchase agreement. Sales price (Land and Building) only THB 4,900,000. Please call George: 081 855 75 20 (English, Deutsch, Franéais, Italiano)

Restaurant in busy Soi Baukao. 600,000 baht take over this well established restaurant, serving both Thai and European Foods. With no Key money involved. Equipment, inventory all inclusive. Buyer is very motivated. Mountain Views at 8.5 million makes this 11 Rai very affordable. With the present owner having installed the electric lines in the area, could create a positive income for the new owners. In addition to the water and electric improvements, there is a single level building with 11 one bedroom units with courtyard and security gate. . This affordable property already has eleven 1bdrm units single level ready to move into. 35 rai of Spa and Resort with huge pool and waterfall. Connecting ponds with bridges and water decorations qualifies this property for only the best of the best. Five buildings throughout this peaceful garden with Conference Room, Theater, Fitness room even golf carts to transport you. The property is Priced at 150,000,000. 700,000 Guest house Jomtien Beach sub soi. Not pretty but could make it work single shop house with 5 story’s and 5 rooms makes this another affordable purchase. 300,000 baht down Franchise opportunity. Pizza with class, not to mention affordable terms to get on board with this company. You supply the building they supply the know how and equipment. You want traffic check this place out. MAKE PAYMENTS: Very Famous GO GO Bar with 80 seats, 240 sqm, 4 rooms above this well designed floor plan, like nothing else on this very, very popular Soi. For only 8million baht and with a nice size down the owner will consider payments. He has many companies that require his attention… which makes this very busy and profitable bar”, even in low season”, to much work for him….. Can buy one or both. Buyer is very motivated. “GYM”, Like to work out, here’s a chance to own the 110 sqm shop and the Gym priced at only 3.9 million including equipment. This place is in Jomtiem with a store front connected to the condo so even a Farang can buy the on going concern as well as the building inclusive. . This is an excellent opportunity. LOOK What A Steal, 3.5mill Restaurant Guest House Don’t miss out on this Great Investment. Four studios, 3 one bedrooms, 1 two bedroom, and one Three bedroom 2 bath with kitchen apartment. Rooms furnished and equip. w/ linens, TVs, cable, and internet. Lease.3X3-No Key Money, Rent only 130,000 baht mo. No use restrictions on building. Excellent location, owner highly motivated. Beautiful Spa-17 million invested, must sell for 7 million – Averages 1000 customers per month. Excellent location, Owner will consult or consider partnership. First Class Design and D?cor. Must see to believe. You can own this business now with existing staff of 40 and steady customer flow, creating over 1 million in monthly revenue from the very beginning. An investors dream. Koh Samui Resort. One of the worlds most Famous Island now has a Prestigious Hotel available At 50million baht for your spot in Paradise. With only five staff members 18 rooms and two retail stores makes easy to manage All rooms have a 5 star quality, with Tv’s, fridge, Bar A/C. Guesthouse in an extremely busy location next to very popular market and priced to sell at 8 million. This successful business has 5 floors and 11 furnished rooms in a very high demand location. You could have the number one business of any kind with this location. Restaurant, bar, beauty salon, or retail this can be an immediate good volume business for you, call today. “Freehold” Ocean view luxury Hotel- Great Buy at 65 million. 5 floors of beautiful newly refurnished rooms. Also a top floor penthouse that is amazing. Impressive reservation records. The Hotel has excellent profit margins and the price is a great value on existing furnishings and fixtures. This is an excellent property make sure not to miss this opportunity, call today. RESTAURANT-Fantastic opportunity- established very successful Italian Restaurant, also has large 2 Bedroom Residence above. All for only 2.5 million baht. Owner is relocating wants fast sale. Instant profits, has stable staff regular customers, 5 years remaining on excellent lease, perfect location great parking. If you want to walk in to an immediate turnkey winning operation, do not miss this one. FOUR SHOPHOUSES Sea View quick sale, fast growing area. Excellent for convenience store only 3.1 million each. “Freehold”. Perfect for beach oriented business, 30 meters to the sand. Across from major resort development and very large and busy Seafood restaurant. An excellent investment opportunity. Create a beach home for a fraction of the cost of other options. Here is another one of those inexpensive opportunities priced to sell, this laundry and Guesthouse. Rent is only 25,000 a month with your living quarters. Complement your business with Motorcycles and you have a winner. Add a website and you have a real on going concern with these well designed rooms…should be able to very well here as the ground work is done. Walking Street- the best high volume location in Pattaya can be your new business location. Several locations available from only 30,000 baht per month on a lease for only one year or up to 15 years with even better terms per sq. m. Make the contract now and you’re in business ready for high season. Want a Fabulous Luxury Hotel, restaurant for only 20 million, act quickly. Great location large restaurant and spa facilities as well as one of the best locations in all Pattaya . Rooms are exceptionally equipped and furnished in a very impressive style. Call soon this will not last. Between Jomtien and Pattaya 150 million baht Resort with 80 rooms, 6 bungalows Huge swimming pool located on a very busy road, just needs someone that understands marketing. Shop house in busiest retail location of South Pattaya only 20,000 baht per month on flexible lease terms. Four floors each 16 sq. wah. This space is directly across from the most frequently visited mall in Pattaya. Also in nightlife area. Could be excellent location for any business. You want traffic check this place out.

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

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Selling Flourishing Business in Pattaya. We are the leading Shop for antiques Chinese furniture. Our business is located in the centre of Pattaya. We sell mostly antique Chinese cabinets and other small furniture from the Qing Dynasty but also gifts and decorative items. On three floors -a combined sales area of approx. 250 square metres- our customers find a very large and well presented assortment of goods. We can sincerely claim to be the Number One in the region of the Eastern Seaboard. Thanks to the continuing boom in the housing market in Pattaya and its surroundings, a strong increase in turnover can be expected. The only reason for the sale of the business: The already elderly owner wishes to retire. We will be more than glad to give you detailed and relevant information. Please call Tel. 081 833 82 24 Bali-Style Shops on Siam Country Club Road. Surrounded by 1,000 Homes. For Rent or Sale by owner. Perfect for Mini mart, Pizza Delivery, cafe, coffee shop/bakery, bar, deli, restaurant or retail sales business. Large outside seating and sales area. Front unit rents for 42,000 Baht per month. Back unit rents for 18,000 Baht per month. Entire building rent is 50,000 Baht. Will sell on 83 square wah, corner plot directly on main road for 8 million baht. Financing available. Includes air cons, refrigeration, cooking extractor hood, counters, displays. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Retail Space/Shop houses 50 M. from Beach Road. Sale or Rent. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers - 038-231-931 or Email to Beachfront Hotel – Owner wants fast sale will finance. Baht 70 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Resort Hotel all inclusive property, Baht 90 million. New construction-Your own private Eden. Owner will finance. 35 luxury rooms, complete restaurant and sports bar, incredible pool, complete gym, theatre, spa, sauna, vehicle fleet, staff quarters, extremely well conceived property and business design. Seller can receive purchase monies in any country. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Beachfront Hotel – Owner wants fast sale. Baht 6 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to

Dongtan Beachfront Boutique Hotel Baht 23 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ 6 Connected Shop houses 400 meters to beach only 15k per building. Perfect for guesthouse / hotel. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email 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 Email to Restaurant well known Brand directly on Thappraya Road in front of large Condominium Project, ready for new owner. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers - 038-231-931 or Email to Lounge bar restaurant, the most comfortable d cor in Pattaya. The owner has moved to Bangkok. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to New Hotel on Thappraya already has 500,000 Baht in subleases. Owner wants fast sale. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to 600.000 Beauty Salon Now open with Guesthouse above in Jomtiem 25000 a month No key money wants to retire. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Three house compound with pool and staff quarters. Excellent corporate housing or private spa. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Mercy Center Orphanage needs investor to buy and lease back orphanage property. Good land investment secured by Deed/ Chenote. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to New walking street Go GO bar For rent 175,000 No key money 038-231-931 or E-mail to Land 2 Rai across from new factory 1.2 mil per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ Hotel Lobby retail spaces Brand New Hotel. Excellent for Beauty Salon, Clothing Boutique, etc. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Boutique Hotel Prime Location B 150 million with long term contracts guaranteeing over B 30 million in annual revenue. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to

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

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Education & Training Nid’s Kids English Club. Private or group sessions all ages can join. ABC’s readingwriting-conversation. First 2 hours free. Also, we will train your staff. Conversation sessions for adults. Easy and Fun. Call Nid 089 935 5262 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, 086 150 6793

(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 (pta-0406)Foreign Ladies: Speak and write ‘Beautiful English’ in the comfort of your own home or office, at your own speed, learning the social or business English you need. Training from English professor now retiring to Pattaya. Tel: 081 838 8163 for first discussion Pro Language we offer a variety of effective and enjoyable language courses. English, Japanese, German, Russian, French, Spanish and Thai course. For foreigner from beginner to advance including a preparation for the Grade 6 examination by ministry of education. 3 year ED Visa for full time students. Please call for Free Trial Lesson. Opposite Carrefour, Central Pattaya Rd. Tel. 038-489 -225-7 Fax. 038-489-228 Fruit & vegetable carving courses. If you are looking for fruit & vegetable carving course, we are offering cheap price by professional teacher and we service to teach at your place. Contact Yui 085 238 5453 or 038 377 195 email. (pta-0406)PROGRESS Language & Computer School (Licensed & Certified by Ministry of Education) Thai (3 Year Education Visa—Speak Thai confidently in 60 hours)English-Dutch- RussianFrench-Italian-GermanJapanese-Chinese- KoreanSpanish-Computer-Internet— —Translation & Certification of all documents: North Pattaya Road (Soi almost Opposite Bus Station to Bangkok) (next to Lukdod Shop) Please call: 081 577 2967, 038 370 263

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Education & Training (pta-0406)PRO becomes PROGRESS. Please note that PRO Language & Computer School has now been renamed PROGRESS Language & Computer School. It still offers excellent quality course in language and computer skills. Progress Language & Computer School (Licensed & Certified by The Ministry of Education) Thai(Speak Thai confidently in 60 hours) )-English-DutchGerman-Italian-FrenchJapanese-Chinese-RussianKorean-Spanish-ComputerInternet——Free Trial Thai & English lessons 1 period— Qualified and Experienced Teachers—Translation & Certification of all documents: North Pattaya Road (Soi almost Opposite Bus Station to Bangkok) (next to Lukdod Shop) Please call: 038 370 263, 038 423 639, 081 577 2967

House for Sale (ptm-m2407)Euro Quality Built Bungalow, 47 tw, close to town, just 1 km from Tesco South good quiet location, nice looking house. Large thick 14 cm block construction, quality electrics, A/C, deep water well. Quick. Urgent Sale, just 2.1 M, better constructed and less expensive than others. Call Maew 081 942 8680 (ptm-m2207)Chockchai Village 4, Salon & Business Office. 2 bedroom town house. Fully furnished. 4 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Tel. 089 934 4148

(ptm-r2407)New 5 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 2 Storey Home. Soi Kao Talo on 98 sq. wah land – community pool, 5 minutes from Tesco/Big C, 3.95 m baht. Call 086 109 0721 (ptm-r2407)New Home for Rent or Sale on Highway 36 Banglamung near Regents International School – 10 minutes from Bangkok Pattaya Hospital – 3 minutes from Motorway. Fully furnished. Beautiful. Sale 2.46 mil. Baht, Rent 20,000 baht per month. Call 086 109 0721 (ptm-2407)House for Sale near Sukhumvit rd. between South and Central Pattaya. 54 TLW, with garden, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Only 4,000,000 baht. Call 081 833 6661 Looking to buy or sell your home? is the only place to go for the best value properties in Pattaya / Jomtien. “Discover the dragon” at HS1147: 2 bed, 2 bath bungalow East Pattaya close to market & shops, interior size 125 S qm, very clean house, for sale at 2.65 Million Baht inclusive of company. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity HS GFV3 Brand new 3 bed townhouses 5 mins from central, from only 1.99 Million Baht Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ HS1166: Chaiyapruk 2 area, 180 S qm land, interior 100 S qm, 2 bed, 2 bath, sell with company, unfurnished, Internet installed, 2.3 Million Baht Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity

Classified (pta-0007)In Proximity of the Most Beautiful Golf Courses and the Best Known Polo Clubs, we sell our Beautiful Villa a Symbiosis in Luxury and Nature Amidst wonderful nature, you have all the quality and comfort you can imagine. Generous living room, state of the art and custom-made European kitchen, 3 bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms surpassing your imagination, office, maid quarters, generous terrace to pamper all your friends, a spectacular private infinite edge pool with whirl pool and manicured garden, top construction quality. Size: approx. 440m2, Land approx. 1.5 Rai (2400m2). 4.5 km. east of Pattaya-City. Good access to all directions. Sales price only: THB 18,500,000. There is plenty more to say, just have a look. Please call George: Tel. 081 8557520 (EnglishDeutsch-Fran ais-Italiano) (ptvf-0007)Superb 3 bedroom villa for sale!! This excellent under construction villa in Nong Plalai Pattaya, only 7 minutes from international hospital and school, has 254 square meters living area. Land area is 1 rai = 1600 square meter. Land is big enough for one swimming pool 6 x16 meter. You must see!! The new owner can finish according your taste!! Sale Price is only 6,500,000 Baht. Tel.: 081 893 0864 or for more information E-Mail: We have a re-sale in a new 5star housing project in Jomtien! Stunning two level designed house on 120TLW with 4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms. Asking price 21 Million Baht,1 Million under the developer price. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at We have for sale a stunning house in View Talay Villas! Asking price 12.5 Million Baht for this stunning 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms house! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

Stunning House For only 10.5 Million Baht! Four extra large bedrooms, four Bathrooms with separate Guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool. The house is built on a 1200 m2 plot in the very prestigious area of Phoenix Golf Course. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at (Property PR2587) Most incredible sea views from a designer 4 bedroom home for 19.9 Million Baht! Situated high in the Bangsarey Hills, this gorgeous four bedroom four bathroom home was completely decorated by one of the areas most noted interior designers, which makes it both beautifully appointed as well as being a very comfortable family home. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR2424) Want a Thabali House? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Very tastefully designed and decorated modern Balinese style homes right in the heart of Jomtien. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Several View Talay Villas for Sale from 7.9 Million to 50 Million Baht! Live in one of these highly sought after villas in this exclusive development! For appointment and private showing call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier

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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 www.premier (Property PR2258) An Absolutely Stunning Home For 60 Million Baht! With over 3,000 square meters of living space all done in the finest hardwoods, marble and granite this is a grand and very impressive estate home. The estate has seven master suites and four separate lounge areas with a cinema room, games room and three kitchens all built around an outdoor lounging area and swimming pool. To put it simply, this is luxury! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (Property PR2152) Gorgeous and Very Large Estate Home For Sale at 25 Million Baht! This is luxury on a large scale, with five bedrooms five bathrooms and a lovely swimming pool with Jacuzzi. The interior design work is very tasteful. There is not a better address, as this is in the areas best Expat development. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5star 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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

We have several Mortgage opportunities! We have seven houses available with a mortgage. All houses are located in the 5-star village Paradise Villas. For more information about the mortgages Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Want a Fabulous Home in Paradise Villa? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Great home layouts and designs in these spectacular and modern homes at Pattaya’s ‘Number One’ development. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Beautiful Regent Village four Bedroom, five bathroom Home For Sale at 14 Million Baht! Absolutely stunning interior design. This five bedroom plus home is a must see. Fantastic fully equipped European kitchen and you will love the wonderful landscaping and finishing work, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR2685) We have houses for sale in the range of 3-130 Million Baht!! We have by far the most listings……examples are houses in Siam Royal View, Paradise Villa 1 and 2, Nagawari, Thabali, Park Villas, View Talay Villas, Little Hill, Phu Tara, etc, etc. We are known for the best listings and the best prices. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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) Email Agents welcome. No time wasters, please.

House for Rent (ptm-n2407)A Beautiful House for Rent at Jomtien Chaiyapruk Rd. Soi 3. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished, Euro-kitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 30,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920

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House for Rent (ptm-n2407)A Beautiful New Townhouse for Rent: On Pratumnak Hill (near Cosy Beach Hotel) 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with Jacuzzi. Fully furnished, Euro kitchen, telephone + ADSL, communal pool. 30,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n2407)A Beautiful New Townhouse for Rent: On Pratumnak Rd. Soi 5, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, communal pool. Bt:25,000/ month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n2407)2 Bedroom House at Ban Am-Phur. Fully furnished, 10,000 B/month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-2407)Huge House for Rent near Sukhumvit rd. between South and Central Pattaya. With nice garden, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 A/ C’s. Fully furnished. 25,000 baht per month. Call 081 833 6661 (ptm-ta2407)House for Rent in Soi Kao Noey, not far from Sukhumvit Road, slightly furnished. Beautifully refurbished. Only 4,500 baht per month. Call 080 646 5322 (ptm-n2407)Villas for Rent Urgent!!! Villas at Eakmongkol 4 – Sukhumvit Rd. Soi Kaotalo nearby Lotus South Pattaya and Sukhumvit Rd. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 office, 1 living, dining area, 1 kitchen and 1 car port. Please contact to Mr. Steiner 081 782 3896 (Eng/ German) or Khun Amporn 081 864 4144 (Eng/Thai) If you are looking for a house for rent in Pattaya / Jomtien, look no further. We have a big selection. All price ranges. Call 086 368 4975 or visit (ptm-s0208)3 Bedroom House for Rent B16,000/ month, furnished at Kratinglai, 5 mins to city, phone 081 340 6092, 085 091 6963 (ptm-n0108)Occasion! New, beautiful townhouse (South Pattaya), 2 minutes to city or beach, peaceful and green environment, superbly fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 3 televisions, garage. Must have seen! Contact 081 862 9710

HR1072: 3 bed house with private pool in East Pattaya all furniture included, internet and satellite 45,000 P/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity HR:NAM: Town house for rent Close Cozy beach, 2 bed, 3 bath, car port, Euro kitchen ready to go! 30,000 P/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity HR1076: MANSION for rent, close to Regents School & H/ways, 5 bedroom, 4 baths separate guest bungalow with kitchen, 1228 sq m of land, large outdoor terrace area & lap pool, 100,000 Baht P/M Call for more info 038-373966or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity Cr1107: A selection of houses in East Pattaya on a resort type complex, fully furnished, communal pool, From 6,000 to 14,000/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: Pratumnak Hill – Houses for Rent. Regal Hope Villas 1 Soi 5. We have three houses for Rent in this exclusive development of twelve townhouses. The houses are only 100 metres from Sugar Beach and 5 mins from the nearest golf course and driving range. The fully furnished properties have an open plan living area including European Style kitchens, Cloak Room / w/c 2 double bedrooms both with En Suite facilities. 1st floor balcony. 3 A/C, and ceiling fans. The well maintained communal area has a large shaped swimming pool and the development has a gated security card system. Rentals start from only 20K per month! For more information tele: David on 086 150 8673 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 www.premier (Property PR3765)



Five Bedroom, Four Bathroom Family Home for 95,000 Baht per month located in Jomtien. This house has a large and gorgeous guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Great Family Three Bedroom Home for 85,000 Baht per month in Chateau Dale Villas! Located in one of Pattaya’s quietest and most beautiful villages with large and gorgeous swimming pool. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 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 (Property PR3761) Luxurious Homes for Rent at Phoenix Golf Course Ranging from 40,000 – 130,000 Baht per month! Only fifteen minutes from the city, live in luxury at one of the area’s best golf courses. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier 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 (Property PR3716)

Executive Class Rentals In and Around Pattaya from 15,000 – 150,000 Baht per month! A very rare opportunity awaits those discerning home hunters looking for both a luxurious quality home and with it a lifestyle most all would love to have. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier 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 www.premier (Property PR3703) A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Renting price 200,000 Baht/month! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The house has an enormous-pool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3700)

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Very Nice Two Bedroom Plus Office with Private Pool Only 45,000 THB per Month! This is a brand new house with full European kitchen, lovely pool, two large bedrooms (both ensuite), fully furnished, large office and more! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Awesome Three Bedroom + Office in View Talay Villas only 80,000 THB per month! This is a great house which would be ideal for both a family or as a party pad…lots of space (over 300 sqm house plus 640 sqm of land), private rooms, private pool, lots more… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Three Bedroom House for Rent in Jomtien only 25,000 p/m! A great price for a three bedroom in Jomtien… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Lovely Two Bedroom Bungalow in Pratumnak only 30,000 THB p/m! Located in a secure development, this very nice two

bedroom bungalow comes with ADSL, UBC, IDD, full furniture, LCD TV, shared pool and more… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at

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

Apartment/ Rooms for Rent (ptm-w1907)Aromdee Apartments has availability for rent. Fully furnished apartments with balcony, cable, telephone and also private internet lines available. It is quiet and clean with in house laundry and supermarket by European management. Only 5 minutes walk to the Big C and Lotus Supercenter in North Pattaya. Furnished standard apartments 3,000 baht/month. Furnished air conditioned apartments 3,700 baht/month. Call 089 938 6022 (ptm-h0108)Jomtien 3 Room Apartment (76 sqm), swimming pool, balcony, AC, kitchen, 700 metres from beach. 13,000 P/M. Long term. 087 100 5726

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Apartment/ Rooms for Rent (ptm-1907)Royal Park Luxury Apartments. Executive service apartments for rent near Jomtien Beach. 56 sqm. With 1 bed room, living room and kitchen. Luxury furnished. Starts from 15,000 per month. If you want to feel like a king, try our penthouses with roof top swimming pool. Check out our website at Tel: 038 250 301 Mobile: 086 111 7414

Condo for Sale First to See will Buy. 11th floor, 49 sq m, Corner Unit with the Best Views of Jomtien Beach and Beyond. Just been refurbished and furnished to the highest European standards with Euro kitchen and massive balcony. Near to the market. Only 2.2 mil. Baht, freehold, in

foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng.), 084 565 7656. For more details and pictures, visit our website One Million Baht will get you a high floor sea view, 38 sq m studio, 500 meters from Jomtien Beach with Foreign ownership.These Prices Are For Real with no silly gimmicks. Be quick and move in tomorrow! Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, Jomtien Beach, 18th Floor (Top Floor), 39 sq.m. Spectacular scenic views from big balcony, refurbished and furnished with new A/C. Only 1.7 mil. baht (in Foreigner’s name). Freehold. Call 087 139 1539 (Eng.). For more details and pictures, visit our website 500 meters Jomtien Beach, 39 sqm, Empty Studio 8th floor and 11th Floor. Lovely sea views. Big balconies. Ideal for renovation. Only 1.1 mil. Freehold. Baht each (both in Foreigner’s name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng.), 084 565 7656. For more details and pictures, visit our website Angket Condominium 500 meters from beach, 39 sq.m Studio, 8th Floor, Big Balcony with Nice Breeze and Lovely Sea Views of Jomtien Beach. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high standard, stoned

Classified pictured walls, marble shower room and new European kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, new air conditioning, safety box, TV, DVD. Now only 1.6 mil. baht. Freehold. Angket will be repainted and refurbished this year with new swimming pool and lobby, therefore prices will rise. Good investment. (In foreigner’s name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng.), 084 565 7656. For more details and pictures, visit our website Excellent Location, 100 meters from Pattaya’s Best Beach (Jomtien). A magnificent 42 sq.m studio on the 12th floor with lovely seaviews of Jomtien Beach in the Khiang Talay Condominium. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high European standard. Separate marbled kitchen, fridge, freezer, microwave, marbled bathroom with water heater. Matching quality furniture, beautiful stoned picture walls, lovely cornice ceilings with dimmer lights. TV, DVD, surround system, safety box, remote control aircon, etc, etc. 24 hour guard securities with entry card, big swimming pool, snooker room, fitness centre, shop, and laundry. Viewing essential. Only 2.2 mil. Baht. Freehold. In Foreigner’s name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539, 084 565 7656. For appointment to view. For more details and pictures, visit our website

(ptm-a2407)Spanish Place. New 1 bedroom condo, furnished. 64 sqm, 2 A/C, walkin wardrobe, fitted kitchen, hot water, washer, UBC/Cable, TV, 2 pools, 24 hrs. security. THB 2.2, call 082 205 4511 (ptm-2407)Farang Sale Condo. 47 sq. m, 10th floor, corner on Sukhumvit beside Central Road, big balcony, big swimming pool. Fully furnished: 959,000 baht. Tel: 087 608 0591 (ptm-p2407)Condo for Sale 95 sqm at Jomtien Beach Paradise, 1br, large liv. New & nice fully furnished, 6th floor. Sea view near beach only 3.45 mil. Photo at Owner 081 933 2240 pitipity Cheapest in Pattaya Quick Sale!!! Rachatee Condo, Naklua, Studio Room on 6th floor, 26 sq.m. Fully furnished & decorated, balcony, magnificent views, large swimming pool, coffee shop, laundry, medical spa, excellent 24 hour security. Ready to move in! Bargain price: 950,000 baht Neg. Contact Mal: 081 158 0065(Eng), Joy: 086 142 5719(Thai), Grace: 086 338 2232(Thai). Foreign Ownership. The Urban Condo, 2 Bedroom, 5th Floor, 82 sqm.corner apartment. Wonderful location, near Avenue Shopping Centre, 5 Mins. to beach, spectacular twin swimming pools, fitness centre, bar/restaurant etc. Price 5.2 MB. PH. Mal : 0811 580 065, Joy : 0861 425 719

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(ptm-L0208)Foreign Name Cheap Price -View Talay 6 Condominiums, Prime Location, Beachfront on Beach Rd, Soi 9, Pattaya. I have 8 prime, 48 Sq Meter Studio units on high floors 18-22 at FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street, with many units adjoining to make 96 sq meters. Completely 100% unobstructed views of the beach, ocean and Walking Street. 3.4 million each. Units available are 1804, 1805, 1806 (all 3 side by side), 1906, 2005, 2104, 2205 and 2206 (side by side). Purchase option 1: Cash 3.4 Million; or Installment Option 2: 1,000,000 to seller upon signing contract, 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date, 1,000,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date, final payment 400,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date. Larry 1214-797-8055 USA or email Keys at View Talay 6 office. Realtors Welcome!

(ptm-c2407)Angket Condominium in Jomtien Beach, 47 sqm, empty corner unit studio, 16th floor. Magnificent view of Koh Larn Island and Sattahip & beyong from its 2 balconies. In need of renovation. Must be seen! A real investment. Only 1.4 mil. Baht (Private sale in Foreigner’s name). Call 087 139 1570 (ptm-g0208)Executive Residence IV, Royal Heights Pratumnak. Luxury 108 sq m, 1 bed en-suite, large balcony, stunning sea and island views, European appliances, built in furniture, large gym, 3 pools, pitch and putt, foreign ownership, 6.8M. 087 941 2677 Email: info/photos. (ptm-g0208)Citismart Soi 1 North Pattaya. Luxury 87 sq m, 2 bed 2 bath, large balcony, European appliances, built in furniture, Wi-Fi, keycard access, rooftop pool, 150 metres to beach or Big C, foreign ownership, 6.4M. 087 941 2677 Email: info/photos.

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starts from 7.158 M. 2 bedroom unit, 144 sq.m, starts from (ptm-pi2407)Condo for sale 95 13.702 M.3 bedroom unit, sqm at Jomtien Beach Paradise 114.5-120 sq.m starts from 1br, large liv. New & nice fully 8.21-8.97 M. Tel : 086 150 furnished, 6th floor. Sea view 7100 (English) 084 940 2600 near beach only 3.45 mil. Photo (Thai) at Supalai Condominium, 1st Owner 081 933 2240, pitipity Building, Soi Paholyotil 21 Cheapest in or Wipawadee 30 (behind Pattaya Shinnawat Building 3), (ptm-r2407)Condo for Sale Paholyotil Rd., Ladyaow, Front Corner Unit. 16th floor Chatuchak, Bangkok. Room – 114 sq. meters. Fantastic 83 sq.m. floor 5, pool side ocean view and location. 3rd view, 2 bedroom with furniture, road North of Carrefour. 5.5 m 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, 1 living baht. Call 086 109 0721 room. All rooms with Prime, Prime, Jomtien, 5th airconditioned. Tel. 081 555 Floor A Building. Jomtien 8811, 081 938 3498 Plaza 48.4 sq. mtr. Unfurnished Finance Available on our Studio. Offers invited, Condominium and Pool Villa roundabout 1.7 Million Baht!! Projects, 10% Deposit only. Tele. David 086 150 8673 Call Barry 089 933 3583 ( p t m - L 0 2 0 8 )N o r t h s h o r e First to View Will Buy - New Beachfront Condominium, Completed Unit. Pattaya Foreign Name. 1 bedroom, 1 “Down Town” location. 1 Bedbath, #2101, 21st floor, 57.20 sqm, fully furnished 2.8 overlooking pool and beach. Million. 2 Bed- 99 sqm, fully Facing Walking Street. 64 sq. furnished 4.8 Million. Call meters. Foreign name. Fully Barry 089 933 3583 luxury Furnished, Safe, Washer, “Trade Up To a Better Immaculate Condition, 100% Lifestyle”. We will “trade in “your equipped. Soi 5 and Beach Rd. property, as part payment on 8.4 million. Larry 1-214-797any of our luxury pool villa and 8055 USA or email hovelots@ condominium projects. Call: Realtors Peter 081 982 6145. Welcome! Key at the “Penthouse Style” over looking Northshore office. Pattaya Bay, 180SQ.M. Fully Jomtien Complex Condotel finished and furnished, best Corner Unit. 17th floor, value in town 10,340,000- Call: Building B. 123 sqm. 2 Peter at 081 982 6145. bedroom, 2 bathroom, living room, furnish. Large balcony Jomtien “Foreign Ownership” total sea view. All reasonable Pre-Construction discounts offer considered. 5,900,000 and easy payment plans, 150 baht. In company’s name. Call metres to Jomtien Beach from 3,500,000- Call: Peter at 081 081 781 5054 982 6145. Jomtien Complex Condotel. 17th floor, Building B. 136 sqm. Foreign Ownership, 2 Bedroom 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, living Corner Unit. Fully furnished room+kitchen. Furnish. Total and fitted by a quality developer. sea view. 5,900,000 baht. In Central Pattaya. Special deal company’s name. Call 081 781 for 60 days completion. Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. 5054 New 6 Star Condominium, JC BH: Jomtien ground floor Tropical Dream Pattaya unit, ideal office/business in a located on Pratamnuk Hill close busy condominium, 48 Sq m. to Jomtien and south Pattaya Nicely decorated, 1.8 Million with ultra modern design. 44 Baht, Call for more info sq.m. studio, starts from 3.446 038-373966or by E-mail: M. 1 bedroom unit, 92 sq.m,


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CS1139: A superb 220 Sq m 2 bedroom apartment located in Pratumnak , outstanding sea views from most of the six balconies! This is a top end condo with only 14 units in the entire building, 16 Million Baht Call for more info 038-373966 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CS1152: North Shore 80 Sq m, 1 bedroom apartment , 25th floor, Naklua side, foreign name 10.8 (also available for rent @ 50 k P/M) Million Baht Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ Studio Condo for Sale. Khieng Talay (nr.Cosy beach) 40 sq.Mts on 5th Floor (mountain views). Good sized kitchenette and bathroom. Completely renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Bargain at Bt:1.3 mil.). Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 (ptm-s2307)Pattaya Beach Condo Location, Location, Location! Kitchen, Pool, Parking, Plenty more! Fully Furnish, Foreign Own, Free Hold! 2.5 million baht. Call 089 758 159, Email The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038 -711017 Mobile: 084 866 9644, E-mail:, Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, E-mail:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723,, View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. One million two hundred thousand baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime,Thai & English) Email . Agents welcome. No time wasters, please.

For sale by owner. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only two million baht. Fifty percent financing available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. (ptm-L0208)View Talay 6 Condominiums 25th floor, Foreign Name, Prime Location, Beachfront on Beach Rd, Soi 9, Pattaya. Completely finished, tiled, granite counter tops, kitchen, cabinets, appliances, furnished, TV, DVD, 48 Sq Meter Studio units on 25th floor at FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Completely 100% unobstructed views of the beach, ocean and Walking Street. 3.9 million each. Units available are 2506 and 2507 (side by side). Purchase option 1: Cash 3.9 Million; or Installment Option 2: 1,300,000 to seller upon signing contract, 1,300,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date, 1,300,000 final payment to seller at 120 days from contract date. Larry 1-214-797-8055 USA or email Keys at View Talay 6 office. Realtors Welcome! (ptfcs-1007)Nova Atrium 80 sq.m. with BigTerrace. Brand new. Fully furnished high standarad (Decorum). Between Carrefour and Big C. Huge swimming pool. Fitness center. Internet. 4.5 Million. Tel. 081 863 1076 (ptm-L0208)View Talay 6 Condominiums 18th Floor, Foreign Name, Prime Location, Beachfront on Beach Rd, Soi 9, Pattaya, 144 Sq Meter Studio unit on 18th floor at FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Completely 100% unobstructed views of the beach, ocean and Walking Street. 10.2 million. Purchase Option 1: Cash 10.2 Million; or Installment Option 2: 3,400,000 to seller upon signing contract, 3,400,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date, 3,400,000 final payment to seller at 120 days from contract date. Larry 1-214-797-8055 USA or email Keys at View Talay 6 office. Realtors Welcome!

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

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 www.premier Splendid investment opportunity! For sale TipCondo for 1.8 Million Baht. Steady rental-income of 13,000 Baht/Month. The best quality renovation money can buy. 42” LCD TV is only one of the many features in this condo. Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014 Act quick we have the TopCorner View Talay 5 facing Jomtien. 270 sqm for 18 million Baht. Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. This must be the best corner unit in town. Also available a 239 sqm View Talay 6 corner on the 22nd floor facing Walking Street for 16 Million Baht. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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Condo for Sal We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting just under 1 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier View Talay 5 High Floor 46 sqm beautifully renovated Studio apartment for only 2.6 Million Baht. Just a 50 meter walk to the beach. Panoramic views over the ocean and the Jomtien Boulevard. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We have the best selection of Ananya Condos Available on the Market Today! We have the last two units available on the penthouse floor of Ananya (5th floor, Phase 3) two bedroom, 155 sqm. Ananya the best location on the best beach of Pattaya, Wongamat Beach. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Two Bedroom Condo at Jomtien Beach’s Best location for 7.9 Million Baht! This has been very nicely renovated and has two bedrooms two bathrooms all within 126 square meters of comfort and security. Priced to sell, make sure that you see this apartment soon. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at (Property PR2402)

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

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

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

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

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

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Condo for Sal Buy Off-Plan With Us! We’ll find you the best possible prices, terms and units available at all of the area’s best new condo developments (including Northpoint and Ocean 1 Tower)… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Wandee : VIP CONDO, Baan Amphor area, Beautiful Sea view, CORNER Unit, 104 sq.m., 2 bedrooms, Furnished. Sale for 5,300,000.- Baht Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Ocean Marina, High floor, 179 sq.m. (Type B) Panoramic Sea view. Direct on the beach. 3 bedrooms, original built-in furniture. Sale for Bht 9,300,000. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate: 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Jomtien Beach Condo, a studio in the front building S1, 32 sq.m. on the high floor. Sea view, Pattya side. Fully renovated. A few minutes walk to the beach. Convenience for public transport. Sale for Bht 1,200,000. GOOD VALUE Call Wandeegroup Real Estate: 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Jomtien Beach Condo, 2 STUDIOS side by side, in the front building S2, total 64 sq.m. on the high floor. Sattahip side. A few minutes walk to the beach. Convenience for public transport. Total Price Sale for Bht 2,500,000. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Jomtien Beach Condo, a CORNER UNIT, 33 sq.m in the front building S2. Sea view, Sattahip side, High floor. A few minutes walk to the beach. Convenience for public transport. Sale for Bht 1,250,000. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Jomtien Beach Condo, 2 STUDIOS side by side, 58 sq.m in A3 Building, Sea view and Garden view. High floor. A few minutes walk to the beach. Convenience for public transport. GOOD VALUE. Total Sale for Bht 2,000,000. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : View Talay Condo Project 1, SHOP HOUSES, Building A , 120 sq.m., ground floor and 1st floor. 2 front shop houses with two rooms direct upper floor. Good for business. Convenience for public transport. Sale for Bht 2,800,000. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate: 081-8631786 (Nittaya)

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

Condo for Rent If you are looking for a condo for rent in Pattaya / Jomtien, look no further. We have a big selection. All price ranges. Call 086 368 4975 or visit (ptm-n2207)A Luxury Condo for Rent on Pratamnak Hill. 1 and 2 bedrooms, fully furnished, UBC and WiFi internet. From 25,000 baht per month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920


Classified (pta-wf2307)Studio Room for Rent, Casa Espana on Pratamnak hill, 26 sqm. with air-conditioner and furnished 8,000 THB per month. Long and Short term. Call 089 6816891 (ptm-2407)A Yensabai Condo - Central Pattaya, close Walking Street, 1 bedroom modern luxury apartment, 80 sqm., high floor, European furniture, pool, 24 hour security/reception, 2 balconies, 2 TV’s, parking, 25,000 baht per month, English owner: 081 692 2933/0044 7956 685050. Nova Park Executive Sevice Apartment. For rent Luxury Studios 1or 2 bedrooms fully furnished from 16,000 Baht / Month, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. Tel: 038 415 304-8, E-mail:, Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, Email:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723,, Studio Condo for Rent. Khieng Talay (nr.Cosy beach) 40 sq.Mts on 5th Floor (mountain view). Good sized kitchenette and bathroom. Completely renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Only 13,000 baht per month. Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 CR1080: Central Pattaya location, Studios 30 Sqm, communal pool/ restaurant, various rooms available all for only 12,000 P/M Call for more info 038- 373966 or by E-mail: CR0388: GREAT VALUE, 82 Sq m 1 bedroom unit, 6th floor in View Talay 2B, Only 23,000 P/M Modern furniture (long term only)Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity CR 1083: 15th Floor 48 Sq m fully furnished condo in View Taly 5D, great sea views bargain price 16,000 per month Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only 14,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). 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) Email Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Royal Cliff ‘A Building’ Double View Four Bedroom Apartment for 90,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier 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 www.premier Pratamnak 3 Bedroom for Sale and Rent 7.35 Million Baht, 45,000 Baht/Month! A beautifully 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. 128 sqm, beautifully furnished and decorated. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR1362) We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier

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Northshore Sea View Condominium for 65,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished 112 square meter unit with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Our Northshore rentals are starting from 42,000 Baht/Month. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (Property PR3036) Beautifully Renovated Three Bedroom Condo in Jomtien For Rent at 55,000 Baht per month! Great three bedroom, three bathroom furnished apartment. Ready to move in, this is a great way to live! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Great Two Bedroom Condos for rent from 20,000 to 45,000 Baht per month! We have a number of very nice condominium apartments available for rent in this price range. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Sensational View Talay 5 226 sqm Front Corner Unit Facing Jomtien for 55,000 Baht/Month! Private access to the best beach of Pattaya (Dongtan Beach), On the Baht-Bus route. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and huge balconies. Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014.

Very nice Royal Cliff Two Bedroom Plus Apartment for 55,000 Baht per month! Those that know the ‘Cliff’, know that it is one of the most sought after places to live. Enjoy this two bedroom plus office apartment with fantastic sunsets and seaviews. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Ocean Marina Yacht Club Three Bedroom Suite For 50,00 Baht per month! What more can you say? If you would like a ‘Five Star’ lifestyle with the yachts and all….this is your apartment. There are no better building amenities anywhere. Two swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, weight training gym, the list goes on and on…..and don’t forget their first class gourmet restaurant with Dim Sum on Sundays! This is just one of our listings in Ocean Marina. For a total overview of our listings contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Incredible Sea View Three Bedroom Apartment for 65,000 Baht per month! A very sharp building right on the beach with gorgeous beachfront swimming pool and roof top pool as well….what a view from the top! This apartment has 198 square meters of comfort and style with sunset and Jomtien Beach views to die for. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier

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Condo for Rent Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier Northshore Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many Northshore rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate

Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier View Talay V Sea View Condominium for 20,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished unit at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier

Classified We are the absolute leader in rental properties in Pattaya! We have over 1000 units for rent available in all the major condominiums. Examples are units on high floors in Northshore, Royal Cliff, Chateau Dale, Saranchol, etc, etc. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier 112 Sqm Two Bedroom on High Floor for Rent at Northshore only 55,000 THB P/M! Very nicely finished large two bedroom with smashing views, great amenities and excellent location. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Lots of Studio Units for Rent at View Talay 2, Thip Condo & Jomtien Beach Condominium! We have a great selection of studios for rent starting at only 8,000 THB per month! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at

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

Land for Sale (ptm-h0208)1200 sq.m. Bang Saray Mountain; all ready to build on. 790,000 baht. Tel: 087 100 5726. (ptm-2407)Good Investment! Developed Land between Phoenix Golf Club and Highway 331. 7.5 Rai in one piece or you can buy in 7 separate plots. Call 089 457 3209 (Thai/German), 089 487 2704 (English/German). No Doom & Gloom in Bangsaray, Just Boom, Boom, Boom!!! Seaviews. 200 TLW 800,000. 1 rai 39 TLW 1.2 million. 3 rai 122 TLW with two seaviews 12 million, 5 rai 271 TLW can split

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7 million, 25 rai 300 TLW can split 77 million. Beachside 301 TLW beach 400M 6.7 million. 365 TLW beach 240M 9 million. 8 rai 129 TLW + river can split 8.5 million. 1 rai 334 TLW, beach 400M, permit for 7 storey condo, 24 million. Mountain views Bang. 100 TLW 400,000. 200 TLW 750,000. 3 rai 5 million. 3 rai 291 TLW + river, can split 3.5 million. 19 rai 164 TLW 360 degree mountains 30 million. Invest in Property, Prices will Soar!!! Tel; 081 576 0035 Email;, (ptm-0608)18, one Rai plots for sale. All plots with own lake water front beside Phoenix Golf course. Cost 4 million/ Rai. Call John 081 919 1120 (ptm-n2407)Land for Sale. 1,430 sq wah on Eastern Star Golf Course: 9,000 per sq wah. Phone 081 782 0206 or 089 249 1364 (ptm-m0108)Bang Saray Hills 3 Rai. Ocean and mountain views. 3 phase electric, walled, water. Prime property 081 295 7236 8M (ptm- w1907)27 Rai Rayong Bangphe, with chanot. Only 800 meters from the beach and with sea view to Koh Samet Island. 250,000 baht/rai. Altogether, sell at 6.75 million baht. Tel. 089 938 6022 PL 024 Land for sale in Soi Watboonjankana, close to Sukhumvit and 600 Meters from the Beach, Various plots available, land filled ready to build! From 19,000 per Sq w. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@

PL 025 Land located in Central Pattaya behind Walking street, great plot for apartments, 272 Sq w, 45 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity PL 037 Land for sale in the Pong area, close to the H/Way 36, 2x 1 Rai plots on separate deeds, easy access road, electric & water available, building permission in place, ready to start! Call for more info 0847808457 or by E-mail: PL 028 Land for sale in Soi Bua Khao, close to the Avenue shopping centre 4 Rai, 127 million baht. Call 08-4944 5141 or by E-mail: pattaya@ PL 029 Land for sale on Pratumnak Hill, 191 Sq w, top of the hill location, ideal for house, 35,000 Baht per Sq w. Call today 08-17613238 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity PL 030 Land for sale South Pattaya road close to Big C, 4 Rai 200 S q w, 40,000 baht per Sq w. Call for full details 08-49445141 or by E-mail: PL 031 Land for sale on the Sukhumvit road, great road front exposure , 2 Rai 36 Million Baht, Please call 0849445141 or by E-mail: PL 032 Land for sale Located in Wongamat, ideal for 7 storey condominium 2 Rai 46 Sq w 80 Million. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity

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Land for Sale PL 033 100 S q w land plot Ideal for house in a quite location off Siam country club. Already in a company name 800,000 THB. Please call 08-49445141 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity PL 034 Direct Beach Land located opposite to Nong Nuch Tropical Gardens,11 Rai, 220 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity PL 038, Land located in Bang Sarae, Close to beach, 2x 1 Rai Plots 10,000 Baht per Sq w, call today 08-49445141 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity PL 036 Land in Maprachan lake area, already has perimeter wall on 275 Sq w, great mountain views , Thai name, 2.2 million B. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity 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) Email Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. In Proximity of The Most Beautiful Golf Courses and The Best Known Polo Clubs, we sell residential land in Pattaya. Approx. 4 Rais, situated on a hill with unlimited beautiful views that can never be obstructed. By car about 15 minutes from Pattaya. Sales price only: THB 2,100,000 / Rai. Please call George: 081 855 75 20 (English, Deutsch, Fran ais, Italiano) Mountain Views at 8.5 million makes this 11 Rai very affordable. With the present owner having installed the electric lines in the area, could create a positive income for the new owners. In addition to the water and electric improvements, there is a single level building with 11 one bedroom units with courtyard and security gate. This affordable property already has eleven 1bdrm units single level ready to move into. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to

Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call P r e m i e r L a n d and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email 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: or visit our website at www.premier Looking for Beach front land? We have prime beach front land parcels available. For appointments and private tours contact Premier Land and Development (038) 231-931 or (01) 634-2915 Email: or visit us online at www.premier Land next to the Polo Club in the Mabrachan area! 8 Rai at 1.2 million Baht/Rai, 23 Rai at 920,000 Baht/Rai, the whole plot (31 Rai) at 920,000 Baht/ Rai. Owner motivated to sell quickly. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 13.5 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Beachfront Land Jomtien 2 times 5 Rai at 20 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Incredible 35 Rai of Land perfect for Development includes designs for 160 Unit Condo project 2 Rai lake and area for 20 homes. Priced to sell. Property is in a fast growing area only 10 minutes to the beach and covered in mature coconut trees-absolutely beautiful. Good flat ready to build condition with three road frontages. Smart money buy- call to take a look. Making your Business our Business – Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to



274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development Land- Baht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to 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 Corner Plot for Sale 293 TLW for 9000 Baht/TLW. Just of Chaiyapruk Two. Ideal to build a house on or buy as an investment. The roads, water and electricity are already there. No extra investments needed. Call now because this piece of land will not be on the market for long. Jan 087-021-7014. Corner Plot for Sale 293 TLW for 9000 Baht/TLW. Just of Chaiyapruk Two. Ideal to build a house on or buy as an investment. The roads, water and electricity are already there. No extra investments needed. Call now because this piece of land will not be on the market for long. Jan 087-021-7014. Wandee : LAND plots in Tappraya Soi 15, size 100-150 talangwah, Suitable for your private home, near town and beach. Just 10 minutes drive to Pattaya town or Jomtien beach. Near Chateaudale condominium project. Sale for 25,000 Baht/talangwah. Call us for appointment. Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : LAND 50 talangwah, just about 300 meters from the Jomtien beach. on the village road. Sale for 1,400,000 Baht. Call us for appointment. Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : LAND in Pratumnak area. Soi 4-5, ~200 Talangwah, Sale at 28,000.- Baht per talangwah. Call us for appointment. Wandeegroup Real Estate: 081-8631786 (Nittaya) w w w. w a n d e e g r o u p . c o m We Have Many Plots On Pratumnak Hill.

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(ptm-sp0408)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) Dan One Call Service. Property Services includes general household repairs, air conditioning repairs, swimming pool maintenance, gardening new and maintenance, electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, cleaning. General Services includes translation, assistance for Thai driving license, immigration matters, real estate matter, driver for your own car. Call 085 163 5037 or email VDO Present Studio. We can make a presentation as VDO Presentation, Recording, Music VDO, Slide Show or special photograph in expertise skill in photographer. Please contact: Tiwa 086 787 8001 E-mail: Made to Order Cakes and Brownies, characters such as Sponge Bob, Barbie doll, Power Puff Girls, Spiderman, Christmas Bears and etc. Call 089 607 9850. Also, available Chocolate, Banana and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheeses Computer Service Sales/ Repair, service fee starts only at 300 Baht, CCTV System, Burglar Alarm System, PABX System C.B.S. Network Services Co., Ltd. 038 374 398, 087 594 4808, 086 106 9194 Ski Blind. For blinds, sunshade, retractable awning, canopy, folding doors. PVC strip doors, wallpapers, canvas, umbrellas, curtains, partitions, window shutter, and tents. Call Mr. Kiat at 081 307 7732 or email Visit their website Need a sports massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) (ptm-0408)We Supply and Service Game Machines. Free of charge! We supply the machine, you provide the location. Call 081 762 8379 (ptm-0108)An Installed Concrete and Tile Pool adds value to your home, making it easier to sell. Completed/ready to use in 30 days cost under 300,000bt. With no hidden extras. Pool Guy 086 149 4279 Do you have questions about your visa for Thailand? Call 0863684971

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

who has experience in designing works e.g. brochures, leaflets, logo, etc. to join our team. Please contact K.Thong 038 364 951 or e-mail your CV to (pta-jtg2407)Looking for Staff with Knowledge in Foot Massage and Body Massage (5 position), Housekeeper (1 position). Good salary including accommodation. Please contact 081 361 5959 (ptm-p2407)Sales Staff Wanted. Part-time, full time, male and female, at least High School graduate. Please call 086 721 6900 or email (pta-jv0108)Medium Sized Steel-Furniture Production and Export Company in Pattaya searching Thai candidates of both sexes, positioned as a General Manager. Preferably experienced in production related work, structured, cooperative, master good English both written and orally and have average computer skills. Work will be focused on general improvement both in sales and production performance. Personal management, reports and logistics will also be part of this work. Necessary training will be given. Salary up to 50,000 THB/month and possible bonus allocation, (pta-ev2307)Secretary Needed for Busy Law/Immigration Office, North Pattaya. The applicant must have very good English language/writing skills, very good computer skills, bright personality. Excellent salary and bonuses for the right person. Tel: 038 414 475, mobile: 089 092 2692 (pta-jv2307)Sales Staff Wanted: Full time, Part time, must be able to speak basic English. Good salary + commission. For more info, please contact at 038 416 517, 086 838 3968.

Classified (pta-jv2307)Attractive Female Age 18 Up to Work as a Receptionist in a Koh Chang Resort. A little knowledge of English is required. Room And food provided. Contact K. Kusuma 089 831 2242 (pta-er2307)Staff Urgently Wanted. Leading Real Estate Brokerage Firm. Sales Staff / Listing Agent / Photographer, Thai national, age 20-35, Good communication skill, Good command of English (writing & speaking), Good attitude & positive, Experience preferably but not necessary, Training provided, Driver’s license. Call for more details 083 120 6042, 083 009 5214 or email your resume, specify position you apply for, and expected salary to (pta-ph2307)Thai All Round Secretary and Website Manager Wanted! Our very busy and successful office is looking for an experienced secretary & web master. English language skills (speaking, reading, writing and typing) are essential and critical to get this job, as well as the self-confidence to use these skills. Basic computer experience is necessary and will also be a part of the job. It is also very Important that you know how to work with foreigners! Please contact us for more information and an interview at 087-021-7014 (Jan Nuyten). (pta-jv2307)Driver/Office Helper Needed: For Real Estate, and Law Firm. Must speak English!! Good Salary: must be available with flexible hours. Call 084 158 0785 (pta-jv2307)Office Receptionist /Administrator Required For Dance Academy In Pattaya. Female applicants must be thai, 22 to 38 years of age. Excellent spoken and written english, experience in dealing with the public, computer skills and previous office work experience

essential. Interest in dancing an advantage. Good salary and prospects for the right candidate. For further information and an interview , please call Stephanie on 089 544 4842 or email (pta-vj2207)Building Manager (Condominium). Responsibility: Manage and take care of the responsible project to the most efficiency management. Required Qualification Bachelor Degree in any fields. At least 34 years experienced in Property Management, Knowledgeable and understand Property Management work, Talented in management and strong leadership skill, Friendly relations and service mind, Can work well under pressure, Good command in English and Computer literacy. Property Consultant (Sales Executive), Responsibility : Responsible for property resale and leasing and other work assigned work from the supervisor. Required Qualifications At least Bachelor’s degree in any field, At least 1 years experienced in property business, if having experiences in property resale or leasing, or real estate marketing will be advantage, Own a car and driving proficiency, High responsibility, strong leadership skill and skilled in coordination and negotiation, Fluent in English and able to operate computer . For more information please contact Human Resources Department Plus Property Co.,Ltd. Tel. 0-2661-7555 # 4012 or send your resume to E-mail address : hrplus@ / (pta-vj2307)We are Property Development Company. Looking for sales reception, Thai nationality. Must speak good English, computer skill, experience in sales. Please send CV to, 038 364 951

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(pta-vj2207)Leading Thai International Construction Company. Looking for top quality personnel for major civil project in Dubai. Excellent salary & career opportunites. Project managers, Construction managers, QA/QC Engineers, AutoCad/Design Engineers, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers. Age 30 – 47 years, good English. Engineer degree. Please send resume to Call 086-8169398 (pta-vj2107)Staff Wanted. 1.)Marketing, age 27-35 year old, bachelor’ degree in Marketing or related fields, experience 2-3 year, good understanding in technology and global warming, excellent communications, presentation and computer skills, fluent English (Listening, Speaking, Writing). 2.)Electrical Engineer, age not over 35 year old, bachelor’ degree in Electrical Engineering or related fields, experience 2-3 year, good understanding in technology and global warming, excellent computer skills in related program, good command in English. 3.)Graphic Design, age not over 35 year old, bachelor’ degree in Graphic Design or related fields, experience 2-3 year, good understanding in technology, excellent computer skills in 3DsMAX, Photoshop, illustrator, Flash and related program (Create and develop website), good command in English. Contact here or 038 422 833 K. Thun (ptfj-2007)Exciting Projects, Dynamic Company, great salary & bonus schemes are looking for the following positions: 2 Construction Managers (THB 100,000150,000 tax free), 5 Section Managers (THB 60,00080,000), 10 Superintendents/ Supervisors (THB 40,000-

50,000), 1 team Survey Engineers/Technicians (THB 20,000-40,000), 5 CAD Draughtsman (THB 20,00040,000), 2 Project Planner/Coordinator & 4 Assistants (THB 30,000-50,000), 2 Architects (THB 50,000-100,000). Only those with top ability & dynamic are required. Spoken & written English. Call 087 140 5199 or 086 816 9398 (ptfj-1907)Admin Assistant for Real Estate Company, University graduate, English speaking, MS office, front Page, corel draw, photoshop, customer orientated, CV to: K. Mark, One Stop Real Estate, 038-710699, Mob 081-9454 845, email: (ptfj-1907)Wanted, Wanted, Wanted. 2x (can be married couple). Honest, reliable, hard working staff. Must be able to speak English and work unattended. Good starting salary. Company vehicle. Tel. 081 427 8256 (ptfj-1907)New Restaurant Looks for Thai Staff for the following positions: Manager, Cooks experienced in German, French and Italian, Waitresses. Knowledge of English needed. 085 432 1894 (ptfj-1907)Secretary Wanted. Located at Ocean Marina. Must be able to speak/read/ write English, computer skill and be service minded. Please call 038 235 061 or 087 512 7035 or send CV to (ptfj-1707)Thaiboliger Co., Ltd. Seeks Thai Sales Staff. Excellent English language skills are essential. Good commission please call Ronnie 081 761 6910 or (ptfj-1907)Off-shore Oil & Gas Personnel for Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia required. Call ECO Thai Group Co., Ltd., 038 682 097, 087 140 5199

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Vol.7 No.24 ! 1 - 15 September 2008

Manhattans Charity Dinner

Card magicians Brian Jacks & young Sam O'Learry

AustCham Thailand All Chambers Sundowners

From left to right are Mr Matthew Baker; Managing Director of Octagon Media (Thailand) Ltd, Mr Mark Butters; Director of British Chamber of Commerce Thailand, Mr Frank Clovyn; President of Belgian-Luxemburg/Thai Chamber of Commerce, Mr Shane Torr; President of AustCham Thailand, Mr Deepak Mittal; Executive Director of India-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Mr Oh Lock Soon; Chairman of the SingaporeThai Chamber of Commerce, Mr Kristian Bo from the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, and Mr Robert Dallimore; Resident Manager of Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. FOR the second time this year, AustCham Thailand invited all thirty Foreign Chambers and Business Associations to join its monthly business networking Sundowners at The Residence of Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel.

Ms Kavita Lamba (centre) and friends representing The Mercy Center

Kavita Lamba and Manhattans' MD Dave Bowers

THE evening started in the cocktail lounge where the guests enjoyed a welcome cocktail and canapés and were entertained by a young singer from the UK, Ms Niamh O’Leary. Only 17 years old, she is a very talented pianist and has a superb voice. Check out her music on her website Definitely someone to look out for. The evening continued with a superb 4 course meal, Ms Niamh O Leary performing Somsak-Martin J. Frutin with the main course featuring beef tenderloin, pork some beautifull ballads arrived in his famous red medallion and chicken breast flame grilled and served Rolls-Royce with Manhattans own special barbecue sauce and a selection of potatoes and vegetables. Two magicians, Mr Brian Jacks and Master Sam O’ Leary entertained The guests with a series of magic tricks at the tables. Brian, a world record-breaking sports celebrity from the UK was the most famous competitor from the BBC ‘Superstars’ programme during which he broke two world records in the gym challenges. He now enjoys magic as a hobby. Sam also produced some card tricks which baffled and delighted the diners. After the meal and the magic were over, a raffle was held with some great prizes organized by Kavita Lamba, as ever, a tireless campaigner for the children of the Mercy Center. Manhattans had a full house for the event and a good time was had by all. Best of all, well over 50,000 baht was raised for the Mercy Center. Some clips of the evening can be seen on You Tube by typing in “Manhattans Pattaya”.

US Navy League AGM

President Peter Thorand welcomes USS Patriot Captain Allen Abramson

New US navy League Executive, Secretary James Butler, President Peter Thorand, & Vice President Franz Mathew

More Grill Manager Kris & US Navy League president Peter Thorand say stay & enjoy to US Shiloh sailors

THE United States Navy League (USNL) recently held their annual general meeting. The president, Mr. Bobby Brooke has retired after rendering excellent service to this active organisation. The incoming president Mr. Peter Thorand is supported by the new vice president Mr. Franz Mathew, with Mr Jimmy Butler remaining as secretary. Whenever an American Navy ship visits any of the port facilities in the greater Pattaya region, the local branch of the USNL is always at the fore of welcoming the sailors and making their stay as enjoyable as possible. Leading officers of each ship are invited to an official reception when their ship arrives, and the Navy League makes sure that the visiting US sailors have an enjoyable time whilst in the Pattaya region whilst also doing charity work.

Young race driver wins again

Asian touring car champion, our own Jack Lemvard

Bruno Pingel, Gunter & staff under pressure as the countdown commences

THE Bira International Racing Circuit was a perfect venue for testing the skills of a big field of Thailand’s top racing car drivers at the “True – Super Car,” which were the finals in the Asian Super Car series. One of Thailand’s youngest drivers, Jack Lemvard, who often records the fastest lap time, gained the number one position at the starting line, but was plagued in the last few events with mechanical failures. However, he was so far ahead in the overall points tally that he still managed to become the outright winner.


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Barry Kenyon’s 67th birthday

Khun Chantima Watcharapongwanith (second from left front row) hosted a birthday party for Barry Kenyon, Pattaya based officer of the British embassy (third from left) who is also the manager of the Pattaya Today group.

Barry Kenyon is shown at his birthday party with Visa Chimdee of Siamese Vision Media Company and a good friend for many years. Barry was recently hospitalised following a tear and semi-detachment in his right eye retina, now mostly recovered after laser treatment.

Charismatic party

Drew Noyes, Chanyut Hengtrakool join the 10,000 other guests in prayer

Amari welcomes the Ambassador of the Philippines

Sansak Ngampichet gives string which ties all those in attendance in prayer

Khun Makoo Techasopon, Deputy General Manager, Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Mr. Simon Dell, Executive Assistant Manager – Rooms, H. E. AMBASSADOR ANTONIO V. RODRIGUEZ and his family, Khun Dhaninrat Klinhom, Director of PR

Former Minister of Tourism & Sports Sontia Kunplume poses with friends Sansak Ngampichet and Drew Noyes and members of the Ngampichet family

Sansak Ngampichet and his son former Member of Parliament Baramee, and grand-daughter stand in prayer with Chanyut Hengtrakool and Sermsakdi Sabhananda

INDEED, this was truly one of the mega parties of the year. More than 10,000 friends, family members and followers of the charismatic Sansak Ngampichet joined in the incredible Buddhist ceremony making merit for his sixth cycle birthday. The 72-year-old former Senator representing Pattaya and the region invited family, close friends and many of the people he served to his Birthday party last week. The ceremony involved more than 100 monks, thousands of Buddha images, the linking of all 10,000 guests by string to share in the prayer for long life and merit making, and the smelting down of gold jewelry to make a Buddha image commemorating Sansak’s birthday. All leading Pattaya and Chonburi politicians, elected officials and business leaders who were able attended the huge ceremony.

Chamber supports Lighthouse charity

May & Robert Watson Of 5-Star Villas & Condos, with Shenanigans manager Stewart Fraser

NZTCC president Cris Dunning welcomes Richard St. John of Fisher & Paykel Appliances

The Fisher & Paykel team, Karen & Nairn Henderson, M.D. Richard St. John, & Joom

THE New Zealand Thai Chamber of Commerce lent their support to the Lighthouse Foundation (assistance for children of construction site workers), when they held a record charity raising meeting at the new Shenanigans Pub in Jomtien. The sponsors were Pattaya’s Five Star Villas & Condos company, plus the New Zealand “Fisher & Paykel” company which has been manufacturing The director of Five Star Villas & Condos, Mr. Robert Watson, was accompanied by his wife, May, who is the new President of the Real Estate Brokers Association - Eastern Seaboard (REBA-ES), The President of the New Zealand Thai Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Cris Dunning, was delighted with the record attendance of close to 100 people, which was most likely due to the combination of the two business groups.

KHUN Makoo Techasopon, Deputy General Manager of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya, warmly welcomes the Ambassador of the Philippines, H. E. AMBASSADOR ANTONIO V. RODRIGUEZ and his family on his recent stay at the Executive Horizon Club in the new 5-Star Ocean Tower.


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Pattaya Today  

Volume 7, Issue 24 01-15 September 2008

Pattaya Today  

Volume 7, Issue 24 01-15 September 2008