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The Riviera Group raising the standard Issue 155 | April 2014 |

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Managing Director Dave Buckley Tel: 087 988 0799 Publisher/Editor Mesiya Watson Sales and Marketing Wongduan Roberts Tel: 087 535 8096 or or Office/Accounts Tel: 038 406519 or 08 6335 2474 Web address Artwork, Design & Layout Tel: 086 833 2543 (Khun Third)

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Since 2001 – Thailand’s first English language property magazine

Too blunt sometimes I was sitting in a bar the other night (nothing unusual) when a Geordie engaged me in conversation. He asked me what I do for a living and I told him I am a journalist. “Oh so you are a liar then,” was his blunt reply. Now bear in mind that I had never met this guy before and we were about 20 seconds into the conversation when he

Dave Buckley looks at how far the standing of a journalist has fallen

said this. Later in the conversation he owned up to being a little too blunt at times. Then to compound the slight he also asked me if I had ever written a true story. Now I don’t know how anyone else would react but being called a liar and, by inference, asked if I was capable of telling the truth didn’t suggest to me that this guy and I were about to become bosom buddies. But I kept my cool and the conversation came to a reasonable conclusion. It was only when I was going home that I took time to reflect on what had been said. “A liar” and “ever written

a true story?” – yes, those remarks hurt but with the benefit of having time to think further they don’t leave me calling for a doctor.

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An former employer used to say when he had screwed up: “I don’t have a monopoly on wisdom.” Well, I would adapt that slightly and say: “I don’t have a monopoly on the truth.” In a sense I’m only as “truthful” as what I am told. A simple example ... a developer tells me that his project will offer sea views from the seventh floor and up. Why should I doubt him? But, nearly always I will quote him as saying it – not the magazine. Here at the magazine we adhere to an unwritten code – if you can’t say

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anything nice, it’s best to say nothing at all.

Disclaimer: All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the written consent of the editor. The publishers are not responsible for any error contained within the magazine. The publishers also accept no liability for the accuracy of statements made by the advertisers or writers. The views of correspondents are not necessarily those of the magazine. Articles are produced containing up-to-date information to the best of our knowledge. However, we accept no liability for information contained within any article.

asked to send the Hound to a restaurant for a complimentary meal and each time I decline. Putting aside the adage “there’s no such thing as a free meal” the reason for this is you cannot give a fair assessment when you are being served a meal that the restaurateur knows will be the subject of a review. The Hound goes to restaurants unannounced, orders what he wants (not what the restaurant wants to give him), eats and pays the bill. That way if the meal is no good he knows he need not bother to write about it as I won’t print it. Now in a sense, that’s a “lie”. Why not print an honest review that criticises the restaurant? My answer is that producing a magazine here is tough enough without making enemies on top of the other problems. When I entered the Fourth Estate some 45 years ago I felt the role of the journalist was respected. Things have obviously changed over the years but I’m of the belief that the public gets the press it merits/deserves. If the reading public doesn’t thrive on doom and gloom how would the media continue to make money out of publishing it? Think – it’s the (sad) truth!

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Take our Chow Hound column as an example. Several times I have been

contents • leisure

cover story


Take a holiday in the real Riviera

Water way to celebrate!

57•local events: The Songkran new year water festival is with us again this month and, like the pop group’s name, it promises to be Wet, Wet, Wet! 18•Changing




This month The Riviera launches a promotion that will appeal

Actor and kung

to ardent travellers ... buy a select apartment and you plus a


partner will stay for a week in Nice on the real (French) Riviera.

Chan is taking on



a difficult fight – trying to change the attitude of the Chinese to animal products such as

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Tulip Group’s own bridge of sighs as the Waterfront buildings are linked.






soup, and

tiger bone oil. Bravothai



among the awards – this time in Kuala Lumpur.

This month’s Showroom

34•Quiz time: In this month’s quiz we challenge your


knowledge of how medical milestones were achieved


Sands on Pratumnak.


by unlikely people in unlikely places.

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Movers & Shakers


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news • property

Bravothai back among the awards

For further information on Bravothai Lifestyles ... T: +66 (0)898677969 E: W:

Bravothai Lifestyles, the developers of The Vineyard (phases I, II and III) and Amaya Hill in the Mabprachan area of Pattaya has been named among the winning companies in the prestigious International Property Awards in the 2014 Asia Pacific regional competition. Bravothai competed against a number of developers in the region to receive this recognition. Successful entrants have been invited to attend a high-profile gala and presentation dinner at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on May 9 where the official announcements will be made and the winning companies will learn which honours they have secured. Stuart Shield, president of the International Property Awards, said: “It never ceases to amaze me how competing companies from the Asia Pacific region continue to raise the bar even higher every year. “The commitment to excellence they demonstrate in every aspect of

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Raimon Land’s record year High-end property developers Raimon Land have posted a record year for 2013 having achieved a net profit of Bt746m, a jump of 50 per cent year -on-year. The company also achieved another record by achieving seven consecutive quarters of profit. Compared to 2012, the company have proven to be financially stronger and their borrowing cost has been reduced across the board and the current interest bearing debt ratio has also decreased significantly. Raimon Land’s CEO Johnson Tan said: “The team has worked very hard throughout the year ensuring key fundamentals are in place. By implementing strict financial disciplines, we have paid off a significant amount of our debts for The River project and retained losses at the company’s level are significantly lower.” Zire Wongamat, the luxury beachfront condominium development next to Pattaya’s Wongamat beach, is on track to complete construction and begin transfers in Q4 this year. The project has sold 90 per cent of its units. Construction of Unixx South Pattaya is also well under way with structural work now beyond the fifth floor.

their profession represents the very essence of these awards.” The Asia Pacific awards are part of the long-established International Property Awards. The winners’ logo is recognised as a symbol of excellence throughout the industry. The organisers say that attaining one of these coveted awards is indisputable evidence that Bravothai Lifestyles is “capable of outperforming some exceedingly strong contenders within the highly competitive Asia Pacific property arena”. Terrence Allen Collins, managing director of Bravothai, said: “The International Property Awards are respected and well recognised as a symbol of excellence and achievement in the real estate and development sector. I am honoured and extremely delighted to be part of the prestigious ceremony for the second time in as many years, proving our company’s commitment to quality, design and after-sales service.”

More modern name and logo

Raimon Land currently has four projects under development – Zire Wongamat (above), Unixx South Pattaya and in Bangkok 185 Rajadamri and The Lofts Ekkamai.

Jones Lang LaSalle, the professional services and investment management firm specialising in real estate, is now using the name “JLL” and they have introduce a refreshed logo. The change was announced last month and the firm said: “Shortening the name to JLL is a natural evolution of our historically rich brand, recognising that it is a truly global company located in multiple markets, with a wide range of expertise applied through many different client services. “It also represents its adaptation to different communication styles in different countries, languages and channels, and especially the use of digital and online.”



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cover story • dave buckley

Fly to the original Riviera, courtesy of the new one

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uy a unit at The Riviera in Wongamat and you could get to see the real thing at the project’s expense. That’s the offer being made this month to potential owners and investors in a promotion valued at up to Bt200,000 for each sale. The deal is the latest in a short series of incentives offered by The Riviera Group. I spoke to developer Winston Gale about them... Dave Buckley: So tell me a little more about this new promotion. Winston Gale: Well we already have a Jet Set Offer running in which buyers can fly to Singapore, Bali or the Maldives and we thought it would be an appropriate idea to add to this by providing the chance to go to see the real Riviera in Nice. DB: Sounds good. What do people have to do to qualify for these trips and what will they receive? WG: What buyers get depends on where in the building they buy. For example those who buy a unit above the sky pools in each building (which are on the 23rd floor – South Tower

and 24th floor North Tower) qualify for the Fly to the Real Riviera offer; those who buy below those levels will be eligible for one of the other destinations. I should also explain that in the Jet Set Offer buying one unit below the level of the sky pools qualifies for the flight to Singapore; two units means they will be off to Bali; three units or more equals a Maldives trip. Accommodation included All four offers are for two people with accommodation included. The Singapore trip is for two nights, Bali and the Maldives are for three nights; the Nice trip is for seven nights. DB: Why did you decide to make these offers? Are sales slowing down? WG: Sales are strong and we are very close to being 75 per cent sold. But there’s no beating being fully sold out so we decided to make these offers to help us get a little closer to that position. And, yes, it’s also quite nice to give something back to our buyers so these promotions work in several ways for us.

l Above: The ‘real’ Riviera where buyers can look forward to staying for seven nights. l Facing page: some of the show unit interiors and exteriors.

DB: How long will these offers be available? WG: We have been running the Jet Set Offer for a few months now and that will continue throughout April at the very least. The Real Riviera promotion only starts in April. We haven’t 100 per cent decided when we will bring these incentives to an end, but I think it’s fair to say that anyone interested would be sensible to act sooner rather than later. DB: Okay putting these great flights to one side for a moment what else is happening at The Riviera? WG: We expect to gain our EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) approval next month (May) and, provided that goes to plan, we intend to start construction work at the beginning of July. Our showroom continues to attract visitors in good numbers even though high season is over. DB: Was there a high season for you? WG: We launched in the beginning of October and so as a new project, traffic at the showroom is always at its highest level in the honeymoon

details Development: The Riviera (two towers of 40 and 43 storeys) Location: Wongamat Beach, Pattaya-Naklua Road Soi 16 Developer: The Riviera Group Architects: Steven Leach & Associates Structural engineers: Warnes Associates Mechanical & electrical engineers: Pro-En Prices: l Studios (235) from Bt2,346,052 l One beds (231) from Bt2,664,375 l Two beds (41) from Bt5,866, 056 l Three-bed options available

Keeping busy WG: Yes we’ve been keeping pretty busy one way and another in March especially. We exhibited the Property Show in Bangkok’s Queen Sirikit Centre. Also on the agenda last month was CBRE’s ‘Pattaya Elite Living’ event at the Hilton in Bangkok and at Central Festival in Pattaya we attended the ‘Property Focus’ event. Added to this we are regularly at Mega Bangna Bangkok twice each month and will be at Siam Paragon in May. DB: So a pretty quiet time then! WG: Yep, you’ve got it (smiles). |

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period and we were no exception. But this also coincided nicely with the traditional high-season for foreigners so we were extremely busy. Now, with fewer people coming through the doors, like everyone, we tend to get the more serious buyers so our conversion rate tends to be higher. DB: Other than these flight offers have you been promoting The Riviera in other ways?

Residences facilities: l 37m wide swimming pool l Various children’s pools l Multi-level sun deck areas l Various water features l Kids’ club and children’s playground l Extensive fitness room l Lush, tropical landscaping l Floating pavilions and salas l Large, open green areas l Extensive recreational area l Water sliders l Private, elevated garden areas l 31st floor private sky gardens with salas l Hotel-style drop-off areas l Open air resort-style lobby

star interview  by harriet alexander / the daily telegraph / the interview people

They served me shark fin

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Jackie Chan, the star of box office hits like Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon, sets his sights on changing attitudes towards endangered animals.


e has karate-chopped some of cinema’s most fiendish adversaries in his 40-year film career. And now Jackie Chan is taking on his toughest challenge yet: changing the mindset of a billion Chinese citizens. As a child, Jackie Chan was convinced that traditional remedies would turn him into a kung fu master – tiger bone oil would cure bruises, shark fin soup would make his skin tough and supple, rhino horn would cure cancer. As an adult, Chan has become China’s most famous actor – a martial arts all-action hero, who is unique in charming both Hollywood and Beijing. But instead of crediting traditional remedies for his success, the 58-year-old is now dedicating himself to changing Chinese attitudes towards wildlife, in an attempt to convince fellow Asians to stop buying ivory, rhino horn and other products produced from endangered animals. And he’s starting right at the top. “I was making a film in China, the government buy me a dinner,” he said. “I sit down; boom – they

give me shark fin soup. I said put it away. I said can I have some other soup, I just don’t like shark fin soup. I start talking. Politely – it was 10 years ago, and I was a foreigner from Hong Kong – but I told them. “The second time they invited me, there was no shark fin soup. And they buy a dinner for me, for one person, but there were like 20 people around me. And if I stop, 20 people stop.” It is Chan’s ability to influence everyone from politicians to teenage film fans that makes him so valuable as a charity spokesman. Already well-known in his native China for his philanthropy and humanitarian work, Chan’s wildlife crusade began when, in 1996, he was sent a letter by Peter Knights, executive director of WildAid, asking for his help. Whirlwind visit “I never expected to even hear back from him,” said Mr Knights, speaking to The Telegraph at the London hotel where Chan was based for his 14-hour whirlwind visit to the UK – to coincide with the illegal wildlife conference,

When I was younger I thought shark fin soup was good for the skin, for collagen. I thought tiger bone oil was good for when you get hurt.

soup and I said ‘no way’

Recruiting fellow stars He has also recruited fellow Chinese stars such as basketball player Yao Ming to the cause, and starred alongside other celebrities such as David Beckham. “Sometimes when governments do things, the people just don’t concentrate. But if you use celebrity, they will believe it,” he said. “We need more celebrities to speak out about this.” He tells how he carries a copy of WildAid’s documentary on his

laptop, and shows it to people to talk about his work. “When I say something they believe me. And I always bring the film – used to be the DVD, now on my computers – with me,” he said. “I show them: ‘Look, this is how they kill the elephants.’ They are like ‘Eeeugh!’ “I tell them; believe me, it’s wrong. Slowly they learn to believe the right message.” Has the star of Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon and Around the World in 80 Days tried to recruit any of his Hollywood friends to the cause? “Sure. They listen. Will Smith, Kenny G – I talk to them about it. But they don’t like shark fin soup anyway.” Chan’s message has added power because as a child, growing up in grinding poverty in Hong Kong, he believed the accepted wisdom about traditional remedies. “When I was younger I thought shark fin soup was good for the skin, for collagen. I thought tiger bone oil was good for when you get hurt. “These kinds of things are always in your mind – traditional things. You eat pigs brain and get

Above: Chan appears in a TV commercial with real rhino – Spike – to persuade people that the poaching of rhinos for their horns will do nothing to stop cancer. Left: Sports stars like Yao Ming and David Beckham join Prince William to support WildAid.

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hosted by David Cameron and Prince William. “But within three days he had written back and said ‘How can I help?’ “He later asked how I knew to send the letter just as he was in South Africa, filming surrounded by rhino and elephant. I told him it was fate.” Since then Chan has recorded a series of adverts for Chinese television calling for his fellow citizens to stop buying ivory, and stop believing that rhino horn, tiger bone and other such traditional remedies will cure them from cancer, impotence and a whole gamut of ailments.

star interview  by harriet alexander / the daily telegraph / the interview people

Above: In a familiar pose. Chan works up a sweat. Above right: Chan plays kung fu mentor to the Karate Kid, Jaden Smith. Right: The poster from one of Jackie Chan’s latest films Police Story.

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Below: Jackie Chan with his son Jaycee.

clever. When you eat pig knuckle you feel good. You are young, you have no TV, you know nothing.” And in addition to talking to his adoring public – who refer to him affectionately as “Dear Brother Jackie”, he can take the message straight to China’s elite. Last year he became officially a member of China’s political establishment, when he was named a national-level delegate of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, one of the country’s top advisory bodies. Flouting rules In the past he has been criticised for suggesting that China’s laws were “too lax” and that people were seen openly flouting rules – for example smoking in front of no smoking signs. But he has since softened his stance, saying instead that it will take time to change attitudes that date back millennia – but that now the Chinese government is backing his projects, he thinks the situation will rapidly improve. “We know there are a lot of problems – the Chinese government already knows,” he said. “We have 1.4 billion people – it takes time. Slowly. “Since the Hong Kong handover, I see China changing. I see big change.

And it makes me so happy. I see everything is the right thing. “Every year there are more than half a million students outside, for the past 15 years – in London, in the USA. “They are young, and learn good things about the world. They are now becoming the government people. They bring the good things back to China to change.” He tells how, for his latest WildAid commercial, the Chinese government waived the usual fees to air the advert during prime time. In the advert he appears alongside Spike, a real rhino, who, he said, made a highly entertaining co-star. “He was bashing about and ignoring everyone,” said Chan with a laugh. “He’d crash through the sets and go where he wanted – it was very funny. But he was so beautiful. I want my grandchildren to be able to see animals like that in the wild.” What would he do if he came face to face with a poacher, I ask – hoping that the animated and endearing actor will leap to his feet and demonstrate some kung fu moves. “I would tell the police,” he said. “I really admire the people on the ground who risk their lives. I want to thank them – they risk their lives, and I want to thank them and the activists for letting us know about what is going on.” |

construction • update

A crane’s eye view (above) of the lift close to Bali Hai pier. Just getting going (right) and finally in place (facing page).

Tulip’s own version of the bridge of sighs It’s ‘hold your breath’ time as intricate lifting process links the Waterfront’s two buildings

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o imagine the task in hand. You have got to lift a 120-tonne bridge into place to link the hotel tower with the residential one of Tulip Group’s Waterfront development close to Bali Hai Pier. And just to make it a little more interesting you have just two centimetres (that’s less than an inch to old foggies like me) of tolerance to work with. That was the conundrum facing Tulip Group late last month. Tulip are not the kind of company that leaves anything to chance so they chose Crystal Snow Air Co Ltd because they had previous similar experience

at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. “It had to be right first time,” said Tulip vice-president Jason Payne. “As is usual for us, we decided to bring in the experts. We had 100 per cent confidence in the contractors. Even so, there were a few sighs of relief when the bridge was finally in place.” The process took 20 hours over two days. High-powered hoists were specially brought in for the process to help inch the bridge up to its final position. A special celebration party was held later at Tulip’s Centara Grand Phratamnak Hotel to mark the event. Dave Buckley

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news • property

Colliers say Chinese and Indians may soon emerge as top condo buyers

You can get a PDF-format full copy of the report by emailing Mark Bowling on

Colliers International recently released their latest findings and trends for the condominium market in Pattaya for the second half of 2013. In it Khun Surachet Kongcheep, associate director of research, says just under 17,000 units were launched in 2013, around 4.5 per cent less than in 2012, yet a large number of Pattaya- and Bangkok-based developers still cast a strong vote of confidence in the evolution of the city. Pattaya has shown incredible popularity with mostly the middle class Thai market, who now make up the largest percentage of buyers. Recent political unrest in Bangkok also affected the property market in Pattaya, as tourists cancelled their hotels booked for the Christmas and New Year period. A mere 800 units were completed and transferred in H1 2013, however, encouragingly, nearly 7,100 units were completed in the second half, making the total of units completed in 2013 the highest on record.

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Sansiri picks Compass as Pattaya partner agent Sansiri PLC has appointed Compass Real Estate Group as managing agent for their Baan Plai Haad, Wongamat Beach, development. Compass will manage the sales and marketing to non-Thai buyers and investors, both internationally and domestically. Baan Plai Haad is on 4.3 rai and will comprise two buildings (37 and seven floors) with a total of 353 units. Prices start at Bt3.8m and sales galleries are open daily at the Wongamat site and also The Base site on Sai 2, central Pattaya. Up to 49 per cent of any condo’s sellable area can be sold to foreigners freehold. Sansiri has contracted

Compass to focus on this competitive and complex market, while Plus Property will continue to represent Sansiri to the Thai domestic market. Compass, established in 2011, currently manages the sales and marketing of condo projects representing more than 5,000 units. “Sansiri is pleased to have chosen Compass as our managing agent for the Baan Plai Haad property,” said Cobby Leathers, Sansiri’s head of International Marketing. “Compass will certainly assist us in broadening our reach into the foreign investor market.” Sansiri PLC was voted Best Developer, Asia, in last year’s South East Asia Property Awards.

“Emerging markets such as China have now started to invest in an increasingly large scale in Pattaya,” said Mark Bowling, associate director of Colliers Pattaya. “Strong interest from this economic powerhouse continues to grow rapidly from both Hong Kong and mainland China. We believe India and China could quite possibly become the superpowers of the future when it comes to buying in Pattaya, overtaking the Russian market and increasing exponentially well into the future.” He concluded: “Although takeup rates dropped in certain areas, sales figures remain strong despite a potential over-supply in some areas. Certain projects have almost sold out as soon as they were launched, while others took several months to reach 50-70 per cent sold. However, the overall results are very encouraging for the market in general and there seems to be no stopping the immense popularity that Pattaya holds for both investors and end users.”

health • dr iain corness

Dr Iain Corness (left) is a medical doctor who has worked in the UK, Europe and Australia, before coming to Thailand in 1997 to become a consultant at the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya (email: He has been writing for newspapers and magazines since 1967 and is currently a special correspondent for the Pattaya Mail, technical editor for Asean Autobiz, and contributor to many coffee table magazines in Thailand.

Is caffeine a killer or a cure?


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id you have a cup of coffee this morning? If you did, and you are pregnant, then one more cup in the next 24 hours is dangerous, according to some researchers. However, if you are not pregnant, you may be reducing your risk of ovarian cancer, one of the top six killer cancers! Every week in the lay press you are bombarded with horror stories of what dangers we all face. These horror stories come from reports done by legitimate researchers, picked up by the media and away it goes from there, however, I suppose we should put Baht busses and Songkran in there as well. On the surface, it all seems very probable. Take the two cups of caffeine and be ready to miscarry item, for example. Dr De-Kun Li of Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in the US, said: “Women who are pregnant or are actively seeking to become pregnant should stop drinking coffee for three months or

Two days after the shock-horror miscarriage item hit the media, there was another report. Researchers now claim the muchdemonised substance may fight cancer.

hopefully throughout pregnancy.” Dr Li and colleagues’ study involved 1063 pregnant women who were members of the Kaiser Permanente health plan in San Francisco from October 1996 through October 1998. What they found was women who consumed the equivalent of two or more cups of regular coffee or five 340ml cans of caffeinated soft drink – were twice as likely to miscarry as pregnant women who avoided caffeine. Risks of caffeine This risk appeared to be related to the caffeine, rather than other chemicals in coffee, because they also saw an increased risk when the caffeine was consumed in soft drink, tea, or hot chocolate. Hold on a second! Now we have expanded to study to cover hot chocolate as well? The study of 1063 pregnant women in the two years from 1996-1998 is also a very small percentage of women worldwide who drink coffee while they are pregnant.

What other commonalities were there in the 1063 women, that maybe they didn’t look for or ask about? Just being in San Francisco might be enough, perhaps? However, two days after the shock-horror miscarriage item hit the media, there was another report. Researchers now claim the much-demonised substance may fight cancer. After studying more than 80,000 women, US and Australian experts found foods containing caffeine – such as coffee, tea, cola and chocolate – may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, the sixthmost common cause of cancer deaths among Australian women. So here’s the problem. Caffeine “may” be involved in miscarriages and in addition, “may” be involved in reducing ovarian cancer. The common factor is that research costs money and column inches increase the chances of getting funding. In the meantime, I’ll have a hot latte. Thanks!

wining • dining

the chow hound ... Soul Bar and Restaurant, Pratumnak

Something different on the Hill


Next up was the house specialty, spicy chicken legs. Three juicy pieces arrived also lightly marinated, sprinkled with green onions on a bed of stir-fried veggies. The stirfry was perfectly al dente and the smoky, sweet-n-

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sour sauce was heavenly.

arly last month, the Chow Hound was prowling the streets of Pratumnak Hill when he spotted a bold sign claiming the restaurant it fronted served the best Sangria in Pattaya. The Hound was aware that Pattaya is famous for many things, but did not know the fruity wine-based concoction was one of them. Still, the Hound loves himself some sangria, so he took a short tour of the smallish bistro-style eatery and decided to sit outside to take in the sights and sounds on Pratumnak Soi 4. The Hound finds Soul Bar and Restaurant difficult to categorise. It is not a Russian restaurant, but definitely caters to Russians. There is no particular ethnicity to the food, although they offer some dishes that look Italian, some French, even a very tempting Ukrainian Borscht with black bread. Home-made sangria Since Soul makes bold claims about its homemade sangria, The Hound ordered a glass of red sangria (they have white as well). The colourful chunky mixture was a cornucopia of fresh fruits including pineapple, grapes, strawberry and a big orange slice on top. The Hound stirred the whole thing up with the natural cinnamon stick provided and took a big swig. The glass never touched the table again. While digging the wine-soaked fruit out of the bottom of the glass with a long spoon the Hound ordered another glass of this ambrosia before he even opened the menu. It is handsdown the best sangria the Chow Hound has ever had the pleasure of quaffing. The menu is small, almost minimalistic. What Soul appears to promote are small tapaslike dishes, so the Hound ordered up a couple. The pork loin wrapped in bacon was just the perfect size as a light lunch or for a couple

to share, tapas style. The pork was lightly marinated and sprinkled with aromatic dill. This dish was accompanied by a fresh salad and a savoury brown dipping sauce. Most importantly, it was an excellent match for the sangria … “yes I’ll have another glass of sangria” the Hound heard himself say. Next up was the house specialty, spicy chicken legs. Three juicy pieces arrived also lightly marinated, sprinkled with green onions on a bed of stir-fried veggies. The stir-fry was perfectly al dente and the smoky, sweet-n-sour sauce was heavenly. Again, the portion was just right for sharing, but the Hound was secretly happy he didn’t have to. Whatever quantity of these three-bite wonders that arrived at the table would have been consumed post haste. And, the Hound was delighted to discover the sweet savoury sauce on these little drumsticks perfectly accented … you guessed it … another glass of excellent sangria. Soul Bar and Restaurant is kind of quirky, with a bizarre sense of décor going on with the inside dining room, techno music outside that was not to my taste and a waitress who seemed to have forgotten how to smile. But, the food was so tasty; the Hound immediately put it on his, “Return Often” list. Oh, yes … they also have good sangria … did I mention that already? |

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What the doctor ordered... 1. Which famous composer underwent one of the world’s first colostomy operations in 1915 and died three years later during the aerial and artillery bombardment of Paris? 2. Civil disorder in Rio de Janeiro in November 1904 left 30 dead, 110 wounded and hundreds imprisoned. What was the medical situation that caused it? 3. The first intravenous injections were administered to dogs in 1656 using an animal bladder attached to a sharpened quill. But the person responsible became famous in an entirely different field. Who was he? 4. Why are Britons, especially those from England, called ‘Limeys’ in North American slang?

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5. It was no laughing matter when the anaesthetic properties of nitrous oxide (pictured right)were discovered as it took dentists another 45 years to realise the benefits. But which famous English chemist and inventor first recognised its potential as an anaesthetic in 1800? 6. Jesuit’s Bark, also called Peruvian Bark, is the historical name of the most celebrated specific remedy for all forms of what?

Medical milestones can be achieved by unlikely people in unlikely places. How much do you know about the origins of practices that we now take for granted? Answers to all our quiz questions are on Page 72.

7. Widely used in open heart surgery, which piece of medical equipment was first used by Dr. John H. Gibbon, Jr on a cat in 1935? 8. Eight-year-old James Phipps, milkmaid Sarah Nelmes and a cow called Blossom led to the work of which English physician and scientist being described as having “saved more lives than the work of any other man”? 9. Eleven-year-old Hanvil Andersen swallowed a pin which led to the first operation of its kind to be performed on December 6, 1735 at St George’s Hospital in London. What was the operation? 10. During a 12 month period between 1918 and 1919, up to 100 million people worldwide died from Spanish ‘flu, one of the deadliest pandemics in human history. Why was it called Spanish ‘flu?

Now for a change of subject: 11. Marvin Gaye’s 1964 passport (above right) has been unearthed and valued at $20,000 (£12,300). Where was it found? 12. A 10-year-old joyrider in Norway was found in a snowy ditch having gone for a 10km drive with his 18-month-old sister. How did he explain the situation? 13. Eight rare, vintage Corvette cars (above left) were damaged in February by what at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky? 14. Which vehicle owned by Pope Francis was put up for auction to raise funds for charity? 15. A 1.5m (5ft) creature washed up on a Tasmanian beach has been identified as a new species of what? 16. Who emerged as the most popular team in a survey of 16,000 Chinese football supporters? 17. Which foodstuff did Russian officials prevent being delivered to US athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics? 18. A test of parking spaces in 17 European nations found which country had the smallest?

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onstruction work is well under way on The Feelture development from the Porchland Group and recently monks visited the site to bless the project. The Feelture is near the main Sukhumvit Road and a variety of tourist attractions such as the Floating Market, Pattaya or Bang Sarey beaches, Elephant Park and many shopping malls. Whether you head in the direction of either Pattaya or Sattahip you will find many attractions. The project is designed to perfectly fit in with the lifestyle of owners and be very stylish. The building’s curves have been specially created to reflect this. There are plenty of common facilities to enjoy – whether it be on the running track where you will feel in the middle of nature or enjoying sun bathing on the large pool deck. Relax in the sauna or a luxurious Jacuzzi tub. In addition to the unique design of the buildings the Feelture’s architects have focussed on the quality and functionality of the rooms. All will feature built-in furniture and the appliances come in a variety of styles with a choice of three different sizes. “The Feelture is a project that we are very proud to present from Porchland Group,” said a company spokesperson. l For further information please call 080 003 7227 or visit • Siam lake view East Pattaya Land size: 165 sq.w House size: 140 sq.m Thai-Bali style Brand new furniture

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motoring • dr iain corness

Motor racing – the flavour of the month?

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unning a race meeting is not an easy job. The logistics are enough to scare away those possible promoters who are not totally dedicated. Imagine trying to arrange permits, timing staff, cleaners, security, medical room, contact the drivers, obtain trophies, arrange TV coverage and even balloons! Last year we had meetings put on by two promoters at which the Retro Cars were eligible. This year it seems we have four promoters trying to attract the drivers. Feast or a famine seems to be the situation. With so many promoters, this means that we will get far more race meetings than we had last year. A quick look at the calendar has us eligible for competing at 15 meetings this year. That’s a lot! In fact, the first six weeks of the new season have four meetings. Our little Escort Mk 1 will get a bit breathless trying to be present four times in six weeks. An additional pressure on our resources is the fact that while

With so many promoters, this means that we will get far more race meetings than we had last year. A quick look at the calendar has us eligible for competing at 15 meetings this year.

most of the meetings are here at the Bira Circuit (Highway 36) one is scheduled for Buriram in October, at Nevin Chidchob’s new raceway. Getting race cars to meetings is a hassle, and always has been for as long as I have been racing, which is knocking on 50 years this year. Transporting cars You can either drive it there, which is almost impossible for all-out race cars, or tow it there, and Buriram is about a seven hour trot from here, or put the car on a transporter, which can get expensive for teams on a small budget. The next meetings for us are at Bira and are on April 20 (promoter True Visions Bobby Hunter), May 18 (Wattana OMP Challenge), May 25 (Nitto 3K), June 22 (True Visions Bobby Hunter) and June 29 (Wattana OMP Challenge). During the off-season the Mk1 Escort (41 years old this year) was fitted with larger front disc brakes and special brake pads from the EBC

distributor here in Bangkok. We also fitted new front suspension with adjustable shock absorbers and slightly softer springs. Another item was a total rewire of the car from headlights to tail lights. Apart from making the interior of the car a lot more tidy, this will stop the problems we had last year with broken wires, which in one case included the power to the fuel pump! No fuel. No go! The first meeting this year saw the BBX Retro Mk1 Ford Escort come home with two second place trophies and an ecstatic crew who had worked so hard to correct a tracking problem that weekend. We also ran with a new brand of slick tyre, Achilles from Indonesia. Our first impression is very good, with progressive handling and good adhesion. Unfortunately oil had been dropped on the track by another car and yellow (caution) flags were everywhere, so lap times were badly affected. These tyres are looking good for our next meeting. |



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showroom showcase • dave buckley

SANDS ... Pratumnak

All set to stand out from the crowd ... that’s Sands project


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ands will be built in a unique position, offering magnificent views of the sea that lies just 50 metres away and spare no expense in providing top quality interiors and facilities ... and maybe because of all those things there are those in the local property trade who seem to want to express doubts about it! If you detect the old green-eyed monster (also known as jealousy) at work here you might be on the right lines in the opinion of the man who is the driving force behind the project – Stephen Smith. Sands site lies at the bottom of Soi 5 in Pratumnak in an area where planning considerations are heightened given the proximity of a royal dwelling. While not being blasé about it Stephen is ultra-confident that Sands will obtain all the necessary planning permissions required. “Our building conforms in regulation 100 per cent with EIA requirements,” said Stephen. “We have listened to the advice of interested parties and have respected their recommendations. Celebration party “I see no reason why we won’t get full approval and I can’t wait to hold our EIA celebration party,” he adds with the air of a man who has already planned the menu. The showroom for Sands sits in front of where it will be built. It’s the low building with the almost circular roof alongside the trees in the mocked-up picture on the left. Three types of unit are on display there – a 34 sqm studio, and two one-bedroom apartments measuring 58sqm and 67sqm. They were

declared fully ready to accept visitors last month but viewers were able to get a good idea before then. With the showrooms now on stream, the project has hit sales of 60 per cent in the first three months. “We have deliberately configured the building for the greatest flexibility,” said Stephen. “Some condos plan large units and can struggle to sell them – that won’t happen with us. Our biggest single unit is 71 sqm. Sure, if people require bigger apartments we can combine them in several ways. Someone can even have a 450sqm unit (a whole floor) if they want it.” Two-bed combos That said, combinations adding up to 123sqm to provide two bedrooms are likely to be the most sought after. The showrooms have a hotel feel about it which is intended to reflect how Sands will be in reality. I toured the showrooms and they are a delight with numerous small specially-designed thoughtful touches added by Stephen himself. All units include built-in fittings, complete kitchens and bathrooms and those bought in the Thai quota come fully furnished (see overleaf). The air conditioning units will be Daikin, the sinks and taps will come from Häfele. Shower areas are sumptuous and most of the units come with either a full bath or a Jacuzzi-style unit. The bathrooms are American Standard. It’s becoming something of a cliché for me to say this but you really need to go there and see for yourself to appreciate the standard of the units. Last word with Stephen: “I can’t wait to start construction so we can show the market that we’re for real, not a ‘too good to be true’ project.” |

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details Development: Sands (single tower of 27 floors) Location: Bottom of Soi 5 in Pratumnak Developer: Pratumnak Sands Co Ltd Prices: l Studios from Bt2,500,000 Residences offer: l Infinity pool and Jacuzzi on floor 15 with restaurant/bar l Extensive 368sqm sundeck with shaded areas l Sea views from all rooms l Fully equipped fitness centre l Four high-speed elevators l On site property management with 24-hour reception desk l 24-hour security including CCTV l Furniture package (under Thai quota) includes bed, leather sofa, coffee table and 40� flatscreen TV l All units include integral 270 cubic litre fridge/freezer

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pril is Songkran month, but before you get your annual drenching, be prepared for a Fireball invasion. In case you didn’t know, Fireballs are two-man dinghies and the world’s best Fireball sailors are in town for the Fireball World Championships. Last year’s event in Slovenia attracted 79 crews and this year even more are expected. Racing began in the Royal Varuna Yacht Club-hosted event in late March and continues until April 4. Fireball World Championships have been held annually since 1966 and have been dominated by British crews who have won the last seven events. Fireballs are highly competitive dinghies designed by Peter Milne in 1962. They are sailed by a crew of two, sport a single trapeze, and have a strict minimum weight limit of 175 lbs (79 kg). There are 16 active national class associations. April is also, of course, Songkran month. The festival

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is now permanently fixed on the Western calendar, falling on the three days of April 13-15, but in Pattaya celebrations last up to a week with the big day always being April 19. Neighbouring Naklua celebrates ‘wan lai’ – the water throwing festival – on April 18. Sandcastle building One of the more unusual Songkran activities is the sandcastle building competition at Bangsaen Beach on April 16-17. Crowds flock to Bangsaen beach to see amazing works of sand art created overnight by the people of Bangsaen for the ‘chedi’ building competition. Other attractions include Muay Thai boxing and stalls offering local products and food.

The four-day, US$100,000 Singha Pattaya Open Golf Championship gets under way at Burapha Golf Course in Sriracha on April 10. The event is one of nine tournaments on the 2014 ASEAN PGA tour. Last year 79 golfers took part with Kwanchai Tannin carding a four-round aggregate of 18-under-par 270 to win by an emphatic six shot margin.

 No, it’s not raining, it’s Songkran again! Be prepared for a drenching in Pattaya on April 19.

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Fireballs over Pattaya

 The cream of the world's Fireball Class dinghy sailors are in Pattaya for the 49th edition of the Fireball World Championships.

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 Kwanchai Tannin cruised to victory in the 2013 Singha Pattaya Open carding an 18-under par 270 in the US$100,000 tournament at Burapha Golf Course, Sriracha. Other Thailand-based events with six men’s age categories and five on the ASEAN tour are the Esan age groups for women. The day also Open, held last month; the Hua Hin features a non-competitive walk-run Open in July and the Chiang Mai of 3km. The mini marathon gets under Open in August. All three events are way at the National Institute of sponsored by Singha. Cycling is becoming an Development Administration in increasingly popular leisure activity Bangkapi, Bangkok at 6 am with the and hard on the heels of last month’s walk-run starting 10 minutes later. Cups and cash prizes are up for Pattaya Family Bike day come the Banphe-PTTGC Road Bike and grabs in both events and registration MTB Competition in Rayong and the costs Bt250. More details on www. professional Tour of Thailand for the Maha Chackri Sirindhon Cup. Banphe-PTTGC Road Bike 2014 is Classical concert a 50km road race and 40km mountain Diverting from its regular form of bike challenge on April 6 in the entertainment, the Tiffany Show Banphe district of Rayong province. Theatre on Second Road will feature Entry fees are Bt300 and Bt1,000 an evening of classical music on April (VIP) with registration at the local 5 when the internationally-acclaimed governement office between 6am and Japanese conductor Hikotaro Yazaki conducts the Silpakorn Summer 8.45am. The event is open to all. The six-day, six stage Tour of Music School Orchestra in a charity Thailand begins on April 1 and concert labelled Romance of Orchestra. Hikotaro Yazaki is honorary forms part of the UCI Asia Tour calendar. This year’s route had still conductor at the Bangkok Symphony to be announced as we went to press Orchestra and since 2002 the although last year’s event started in principal guest conductor at the Suphanburi and visited Hua Hin, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra. The Tiffany Theatre programme Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumporn, Ranong and Khao Lak en route to the will include Richard Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; M.L. finish in Phuket. It was won by Hong Kong’s Ki Usni Pramoj’s Chakri Day; Richard Ho Choi by the narrowest of margins Strauss’s Horn Concerto No.1 in from Australian William Walker. E-flat Major; Bedrich Smetana’s The Choi’s time of 21:50:02 was a mere Moldau; and Richard Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. one second better than Walker’s. Tickets for the event cost If road running floats your boat then head for Bangkok on April 6 for Bt1,000, Bt600 and Bt400. For more the GSPA-NIDA Mini Marathon. information phone 038 421 700-5 or The event features an 11.6 km mini email All proceeds from the event marathon for both men and women

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Aussie XI on April 12 and the British Club on April 27. All games are at the Thai Polo Club at Horseshoe Point. Bira Motor Racing Circuit sees races three and four of the eight-race True Visions Bobby Hunter Super One race series between April 18-20. Road racing The weekend of April 26-27 sees the return of the Motorcycle Mag Road Racing Championship to Bira while on the kart track round two of the Thailand Kart Prix 2014 is scheduled to take place on April 27. It seems the relegated Dolphins of Pattaya United are adjusting to life in the First Division of the Thailand Football League with some difficulty having lost their opening

 The Khazakstan national team in blue lines up alongside RTS Racing of the Phillipines at the start of the 2013 Tour of Thailand.  Conductor Hikotaro Yazaki is to conduct the SSMS Orchestra at Tiffany’s.  Motorcycle Mag’s road racing championship returns to Bira.  Monopoly fans have gathered at the Mirabel Club Resort for 18 days of competition.

three matches, conceding eight goals in the process and scoring none. They will be hoping for better things during April with three league games scheduled. On April 5 they host local rivals Sriracha in a 4pm kick-off at Nongprue Stadium and, after a week’s break, travel to play Bangkok for a 5pm start on April 19. Pattaya are home again on April 27 when they entertain Khonkaen at Nongprue in another 4pm kick-off. Finally, the popular Fitz Club Tennis Tournament will return to Royal Cliff’s Fitz Club – Racquets, Health & Fitness on the 12th-14th of April! Tennis players of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate. Aimed at encouraging all standards of players to join the competition, the 3rd Fitz Club Tennis Tournament will be played in a round robin format so all competitors are guaranteed several matches against friendly opponents. Registration will start before 8:30 am on April 12 and the first match will begin at 9am. Robert Collins

Details of published events are correct at the time of going to press but are subject to change without notice. Readers are advised to check with event organisers.

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will be donated to Hand in Hand Foundation and Pattaya International Ladies Club charities. If northern soul and Motown music are more your thing then head to the Lion Pub in Soi 17 off Third Road on April 4 for Pattaya Soul Club’s popular Souled Out evening. For a mere Bt400 entry fee, payable at the door, revellers can enjoy good music and two hours of free-flow San Miguel Light, Selina’s Kepplers cider (on tap), red and white wine and soft drinks. All proceeds will go to Take Care Kids, a Pattaya shelter for abused children. Monopoly fans have gathered at the Mirabel Club Resort at Sukhumvit Soi 87 for the Pattaya International Monopoly Tournament. The event began on March 20 and continues until April 6. The cricketers of Pattaya Cricket Club are in action in April for three matches with a distinctly international flavour. First up are the RAW Cavaliers India on April 5, followed by a touring

regular columnist • bart walters

American journalist and property investor Bart Walters has been living in Thailand for more than 13 years, first in Bangkok, then in Phuket and Pattaya then back to Bangkok before rediscovering Pattaya again. Bart publishes his inside views on Thailand property market in various print and online publications including International Living and Escape America. He can be contacted at

The Old Three-Step Do you have what it takes to be a real estate broker in Pattaya?

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few weeks ago, an old friend and long-established real estate broker here in Pattaya asked for my help. He had agreed to stand up in front of a roomful of industry professionals and pontificate about what it takes to be a successful broker here. Thirty minutes is a lifetime to hold people’s attention, particularly when you’re purporting to be an “expert”. I got to work and came up with what I thought was an honest and informative presentation, with poignant recommendations and interesting illustrations. My friend, while agreeing with nearly everything I had built into the presentation, dismissed my ideas without much fanfare and decided to go with a less formal approach. Ego bruised, I let it simmer a couple of weeks but it finally dawned on me that he was reluctant to give away any of his secret formula. That’s just not how one gets to the top of the real estate food chain. If you’ve got a treasure map you don’t make copies and pass it around now do you? Since I am not now, nor have I ever been, a real estate broker, this notion had not occurred to me. By all accounts his speech was entertaining and informative without giving away the store. But what do I do with all this information? I burned a significant amount of brainpower putting these thoughts together. Surely after more than a decade of buying, renovating, building and selling property,

someone will find my ideas about what it takes to be a successful broker valuable. I’ve certainly put enough money in the pockets of real estate brokers for them to pay attention. So now I offer it to you all right here in the pages of REm. I hope buyers, sellers, brokers and plain old readers alike find it, at the very least, mildly enlightening.

The smiling

Former lives I’ve lived in Thailand for more than 13 years and I still think the most interesting thing about the people I meet is what they did before moving to Thailand. I know a stone mason that became an interior designer. I know a hairdresser that runs a Bungyjump. I know a taxi driver who became a hotelier. I know a Peace Corp worker who owns a go-go bar. My point is … nobody is what they were in their former life. Out of all the real estate agents I’ve met in Thailand only three were property agents licensed in other countries. Most first-world countries tightly regulate the real estate business and require brokers to pass a thorough exam before they are allowed to sell property. In case you didn’t know … there’s none of that in Thailand. Locally groups like REBA-ES (Real Estate Broker Association – Eastern Seaboard) have attempted to self-administer a modicum of professionalism, with mixed results. Lack of transparency and enforceable guidelines gives these folks a tough

claims to be

idiot who hands you his business card in the pub and

a “real estate broker” might have been digging ditches three weeks ago.

row to hoe. Still, if you are dealing with a broker bearing the REBA-ES brand and CIPS certification, they are as professional as any you will find here. However, the smiling idiot who hands you his business card in the pub and claims to be a “real estate broker” might have been digging ditches three weeks ago. He may have had absolutely no training. It is possible that he’s never sold property anywhere else. The occupational choice of real estate agent is second only to English teacher among Asia-philes that just don’t want to go home. With that said, how does a guy (or girl) with good intentions become a good real estate broker in Pattaya? If you were starting from scratch, are there any rules to live by? In my opinion, being a good broker can be broken down to the Old Three Step: 1 Know the facts … 2 Tell the truth … 3 Keep up with the changes. How hard can it be, right? Step #1: Know the facts It is important to understand how Pattaya is different from other markets. And I don’t just mean who the buyers are. A successful realtor in Pattaya needs to know the developers, the projects, the laws, and trending events too. Here in Pattaya this can be overwhelming and problematic. I would say that Pattaya is the most diverse property market

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in this part of the world. Buyers hail from dozens of countries, speaking dozens of languages. The income and wealth of these prospects ranges from blue-collar working class folks to retired rock stars. And, Thai buyers make up more than half the new owners of current high rise projects Properties offered range from million baht beach studios to million dollar mansions overlooking the city; and everything in between. Do you realise that Pattaya is the only other city in Thailand besides Bangkok that has high rise buildings? In fact, I’d say Pattaya offers more variables to the real estate sales equation than any place I’ve ever been. So, how is an agent supposed to know all the facts about such a multi-dimensional market? To be successful in the property business in Pattaya, you need to figure out which part of the market you serve best and which products you will support. Trying to be all things to all people is a fatal mistake. This market has been unkind to unfocused agents. Even some big international firms couldn’t figure it out and left town. Many long-standing property agencies in Pattaya pay lip-service to being full service, but make no mistake, the boss knows which slices of the pie he’s best at going after. If you can sell the hell out of off-plan studios to Russians, then by all means, become an expert on that group and do your thing. If

To be successful in the property business in Pattaya, you need to figure out which part of the market will serve best and which products you will support. Trying to be all things to all people is a fatal mistake.

you feel more comfortable relocating expat families to East Pattaya houses, then learn that market forwards and backwards and work it. And, please remember that not all projects deserve your support. A “we’ll sell anything” approach is unwise. Make sure you know the bad projects as well as the good. Stick someone with a sub-standard dwelling and you’ll be perceived as the bad guy not the developer or previous owner. Understanding that Pattaya is a unique and a diverse market is good. Having a clear idea about which part of this market you can best serve is better. It is more important to command a thorough knowledge of one market segment than attempting to “know it all”. Know your market and have your facts straight. Product knowledge is intellectual capital. Step #2: Tell the Truth The best thing about selling real estate in Pattaya is that Pattaya will sell itself if you let it. It’s just a damn nice place to be. Any good broker should be a big fan of Pattaya. It would help if they have actually put their money where their mouth is and own property. Whenever I encounter an agent bent on selling me one piece of property or another, I always ask that question … “And where did you buy?” Talk about a conversation killer! When future owners are looking at property you know they are thinking seriously about a purchase because they are asking questions like …

How’s the health care? How are the schools? Is it safe? Can I own in my name? When you start hearing these kinds of questions, all you really have to do is know the facts and tell the truth. It’s not like you’re touting timeshare in Mongolia … no spin is required … no manure needs to be spread for these roses to grow … Pattaya helps you by having it all. Hospitals, schools and crime A good broker would tell those buyers that there are five internationally accredited hospitals in the Pattaya metropolitan area. Maybe he would even have some figures in his pocket about medical tourism like more than one million visitors came to Thailand last year specifically for quality health care. A good broker would tell buyers about the five internationally accredited schools and know which part of town they are in. When buyers are concerned about the all the crime and violence they see in the news happening in Pattaya, a smart broker would have a few statistics at the ready. Compare Pattaya’s “homicides per 100,000” figures to those in similar sized cities. Compare to the buyer’s home country. A prepared agent would have an intimate understanding of ownership laws and ease buyer’s fears about the security of their investment. The “you can’t own it” objection has to be in the top three you will hear from buyers. Give me 10 minutes and I’ll convince you that owning property

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with a Thai company is actually more secure than in your own name. Any good broker will have that information logically arranged and at the ready.

A realtor’s

How about this weather? Something as simple as the weather can be a significant sales tool. Enlighten a Norwegian with the fact that Pattaya has an average of nine hours of unblocked sunshine per day. Inform a Londoner that Pattaya from December through February has an average of only one rainy day per month. When people want to know about recreational activities a good broker has a functional knowledge of things like golf courses, marinas, fishing, and fitness centres. Stay informed about events big and small. Tennis to polo to windsurfing … you should have a grip on what goes on in and around Pattaya. I am an unrepentant Pattayaphile. There are days when I get bored and just drive around finding new properties. Most of the good real estate brokers I know have admitted to doing the same thing. Back when Pattaya was a town, it was easy. Now our little village has morphed into a sprawling coastal city. Leave town for 72 hours and you’ll come back to new buildings built by new developers in a previously undiscovered part of the city; one needs a programme to keep track of all the players. So, you can’t get a Pattaya education and put it on a shelf.

needs a lot of

product knowledge

maintenance in this market. Things change quickly and often. And, if you don’t keep up, you risk distributing misleading information.

Nobody has a Master’s Degree in Pattaya … it would be outdated three months after completion. A realtor’s product knowledge needs a lot of maintenance in this market. Things change quickly and often. And, if you don’t keep up, you risk distributing misleading information. Step #3: Stay current One constant in the Pattaya market is change. If Pattaya had an official song it would feature pile drivers and tile saws as instruments. As I’ve said in previous Pattaya property rants, “Concrete Never Sleeps” in Pattaya. Changes to market dynamics come in a variety of shapes and sizes here on the Chonburi Coast. In Pattaya, we have been the benefactor of some huge changes to infrastructure. I remember when it took five hours to get from Bangkok to Pattaya. Now it’s a 90-minute drive on smooth, open toll-way. I remember when the old airport was at Don Muang … inconvenient to everywhere. When Suvarnabhumi International Airport finally opened its doors after 40 years of planning and building … lucky Pattayans discovered it is little more than an hour’s drive down the same unimpeded highway. I remember when Saturday was when tourists checked out of their vacation rentals and headed for the airport. Now Saturday is the day when half of Bangkok empties out and heads to Pattaya for weekends full of fresh air and seafood.

In more recent history, I remember when Jomtien Beach had no second road. Now it is the newly minted thoroughfare stretches from the Hanuman Statue in Jomtien all the way to the Centara Grand in Na-Jomtien. I remember when NaJomtien, Ban Ampur and Bang Saray seemed a hundred kilometres away. Now they just seem to be part of recently annexed Pattaya. Staying on top of proposed infrastructure projects and their progress will sell property for you. You better know about the Utapao International Airport expansion. You better know about the proposed high-speed rail project. Buyers who get into strategically superior properties supported by these infrastructure upgrades realise significant growth in value. Yes, sure people want a view and a pool … but putting them in a position to make money … that’s what makes you a good real estate broker. And, it’s not just roads and airports you need to keep track of; who is building what … where the new hotspots are and geo-political events that could affect the value of property here. Bangkok boys Not long ago, we started to see something in Pattaya we hadn’t seen before … Bangkok developers. Up until recently, Pattaya was viewed as either too risky or too small a market by big SET-listed Bangkok firms. Then they found out what we

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have known for years … Pattaya rocks! Now they’re all here. Sansiri, AD, Q House, Raimon Land. Pattaya is the new darling for the big boys from Bangkok. We should expect a continued growth of bigger and better projects, particularly high rises, from these groups. That’s important as these projects tend to have good marketing campaigns, get plenty of press coverage and are built quickly. It is also important as many of these developers have strong in-house sales departments with a thick book of investors. Home grown developers will have to use their flexibility and local knowledge to compete in the future. Local property agents will need to learn how best to deal with these seasoned Bangkok players. Going South The northern-most beaches in Wongamat and Naklua are near saturation point. Plots of land big enough to develop are scarce and expensive. We should expect new development to follow the infrastructure south. The Jomtien Second Road has paved the way. Na-Jomtien will eventually be the new centre of town. Bang Saray and beyond is the new frontier. Utapao International Airport has received funding and expansion plans. Their capacity for passenger traffic will triple in less than three years. Future tourists (and future property buyers) will have an increasing capacity to avoid the

The Jomtien Second Road has paved the way. Na-Jomtien will eventually be the new centre of town. Bang Saray and beyond is the new frontier.

Bangkok experience altogether. Hearing an excited vacationer say the words, “I’m going to Thailand … flying into Pattaya” will be commonplace. And remember, those are B-52 runways … there is currently no passenger jet in production that cannot land there. Sorry for the pun, but … “the sky’s the limit”. Pattaya is going South folks, and savvy agents are getting familiar with it. ASEAN/AEC In 2015, the housing market in Pattaya may again be positively affected by infrastructure. But in this case, it isn’t necessarily roads and railways. In 2015, a grand economic infrastructure experiment will kick off. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is set for implementation. It is no secret that Thailand would like to position itself in a leadership role, much like Germany in the EU. Many ASEAN and AEC offices and support staff will be located in Bangkok. The day-to-day operation of the AEC will most certainly be housed in Thailand. Many multi-national business players are strategically rearranging to have a larger presence in Thailand to take advantage of the open economic border plan. Industrial estates are seeing an unprecedented boom of incoming tenants. Amata is building “readymade” factories in advance of an even greater influx. Centrally located and modern infrastructure like Laem Chabang Port and several international airports will dictate that Thailand be the heart of AEC.

High-speed rail from Bangkok all the way through Pattaya down to Rayong will ensure more people having the Chonburi Coast experience. More tourists … more conventions … more money flowing through our back yards. East Pattaya will continue to grow and be the neighbourhood housing the ever-expanding workforce employed at the port and the industrial estates. International schools, recreation areas and a sense of community will continue to make East Pattaya the choice of expat families. The AEC helps create the key to Pattaya’s property future; a multitude of income streams. Foreign visitors will be renting and foreign visitors buying. Bangkok Thais will be renting and buying. Foreign expats will be renting and buying. Companies big and small will be housing staff and executives. It’s not just a little fishing village any more; it’s the ASEAN Economic Community. Disregard this fact and you’ll be missing the boat (or more than likely, the high-speed train). Ulterior motive What does it take to be a successful real estate broker in Pattaya? The most honest advice a person can give is what they would do if put in a certain situation. So, to all aspiring real estate brokers, this is advice from a guy who actually buys sells and owns property here. If I wanted to be a successful real estate agent here, I would know the facts, tell the truth and keep up with the changes. It’s as easy (and as difficult) as one, two, three. |

construction • update

Progress everywhere you look

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ince the turn of the new year, construction across the Heights Holdings portfolio has hit full throttle. Progress on such developments as The Peak Towers, Laguna Bay 2, The Waterpark Condominium and Laguna Beach Resort 2 has come on in leaps and bounds, according to a company spokesman. Several developments including The Wong Amat Tower, C-View Boutique and Laguna Beach Resort Jomtien are entering the home straight, with handover expected later this year. HH’s flagship resort, Laguna Beach Resort 3 – The Maldives, is now entering its final preparatory stage, following the completion of the construction tender process. On the sales front, Arcadia Beach Resort Pattaya has sold at a frenetic pace since entering the market last November. A take-up in excess of 40 per cent has seen 350 of the 840 apartments across Buildings A, B & C snapped up by investors and secondhome buyers alike – all in the space of three months! HH tell us that the second and third in the Arcadia series will be released later in this quarter. To preregister interest see the details in the panel alongside. Here is a rundown of the state of play at the company’s Pratumnak developments:

C-View Boutique (Soi 4) Structural work at C-View is complete, along with interior brick work. The building facade is nearing completion with plastering complete and paint finishing underway. Interior architectural works are underway up to the fifth floor, with plastering, painting, ceiling and lighting installation nearing completion across the majority of apartments. M&E and piping systems are installed and tested. Rooftop landscaping is well underway, with tiles now set in the swimming pool. Elevator and built-in furniture installation is expected to begin any time now.

l For more information please email or call +66 85 282 6454.

up the 22nd floor, with interior plastering, painting, M&E and ceiling installation progressing at pace. Exterior finishing and painting works continue up to the 20th floor. Waste water treatment systems are installed. The last stages of skeletal works are underway at Tower B of The Peak Towers, with the structure built up to floor 28. Interior brick walls are set up to the 18th floor, while internal architectural work continues to progress up to floor 14. Construction of the Tower B waste water treatment tank is underway. Work on the entrance road to the parking area and the drop-off route surrounding both Towers has begun.

Laguna Bay 2 (Soi 6) Structural work at Laguna Bay 2 is nearing completion, with the exterior skeleton now up to the rooftop. Pouring of concrete for the rooftop pool is underway. Interior brick walls are in place up to the sixth floor. Installation of piping, electrical wiring and sanitary systems is now underway up to the fourth floor. The second floor pool skeleton is now in place, with drainage systems installed.

The Waterpark Condominium (Soi 6) The structural skeleton of the Waterpark Condominium is now up to the sixth floor, with internal brick work underway up to the third floor and the installation of sanitary systems now underway. Work on the waste water treatment systems and ground floor pool area is expected to begin imminently.

The Peak Towers (Soi 1) The Peak Towers’ Tower A exterior skeleton is now complete, with the last slab installed and work underway on the rooftop pool. Tower A architectural work is well underway

C-View Residence (Soi 4) Piling and pile cutting processes at C-View Residence Building A are approaching completion. Work on the foundation slab is well underway and expected to complete next month. |

special report • bart walters

Facebook got me in the mood New live music venue on Pratumnak Hill

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s I am becoming a grumpy old dude who badmouths social media as just another distracting trend, it pains me to give Facebook credit for leading me to my new favourite hangout. Last weekend I was Facebooking to see pictures of my grandkids and stumbled across the page for Mood Blues Café, a new blues bar/restaurant located at Pratumnak Soi 6 on the ground floor of Hip Mansion. Arriving early, I was greeted and entertained by the bubbly bartender Ping and Peter, the German owner. While Ping poured me several very nice glasses of house wine, Peter explained the concept and plans for Mood. After half an hour, I realised that this place was a labour of love for Peter and a place for him to store his blues memorabilia. The walls are adorned with guitars, pictures and concert posters from many of the great blues and rock performers of years past. B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bo Diddley … all represented and displayed in this perfectly lit blues museum-cum-restaurant bar. Before the band arrived, I took

time to observe the set up at Mood. The sparkly black granite and blue bar is very well endowed, featuring premium scotches, vodkas, gins and wines by the glass. The food menu is decidedly Thai and according to Ping, being adjusted as their clientele builds and give feedback. The playlist wafting out of the speakers in the bar and lounge area is delightfully eclectic and at a perfect volume for listening or conversing over. The actual stage and listening room are lower ensuring everyone can see the band no matter where they are situated.

For a while,

Number of patrons I would estimate Mood could comfortably accommodate 50 to 60 patrons seated and standing. Around 8pm the band arrived and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was Pattaya’s own local favourite Slow Ride featuring bass player and singer Tony Stevens, formerly of British rock bands Foghat and Savoy Brown. I have a personal connection to Tony as his band Foghat was the headliner of the first rock concert my mother allowed me to attend in 1973. I tried to explain to Ping the bartender

bell rang

it was a just me, the staff and the band warming up. But, as if by magic, the nine o’clock

and people started arriving in groups.

that I had seen Tony perform more than 40 years ago. She just smiled uncomprehendingly. Slow Ride is a three-piece band that also features another Pattaya legendary guitar player known only as “The Snowman” and the energetic Thai drummer Khun Oi. You know the band members are old pros when they show up early for a gig. For a while, it was just me, the staff and the band warming up. But, as if by magic, the nine o’clock bell rang and people started arriving in groups. By the middle of the band’s first set, the place was full inside and folks were arriving to eat and drink in the outside patio area. The playlist was a tasty mix of well-known classics like Eric Clapton’s “Crossroads” and Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Pride and Joy”, and some really long lost songs like B.B. King’s “Don’t Make My Move Too Soon” and Buddy Guy’s “Feels Like Rain”. The drummer Khun Oi really showed off his melodic and powerful voice on several Robert Cray songs, and the Snowman broke out his slide and showed his range as well. Easily my favourite surprise

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of the night was Slow Ride’s rendition of a long forgotten Tom Petty classic “Breakdown”. It is quite refreshing to experience a thoughtfully arranged playlist performed by real professionals. The audience at Mood is as eclectic as the music. I saw some local music hounds like me that always seem to find the good live venues. There were some tourists drawn in by the sound and smell of the food. One big Russian stumbled in by accident and stayed all the way through the third set. And, if you want to have a music conversation, well Mood is the place for you. I stood at the bar and babbled about music with folks from half a dozen different countries. Allman Brothers to Led Zepplin, everyone I met had their guard down and their ears set to “enjoy”. The crowd at Mood is the second best thing about the place. By the time I left, all the tables on the outdoor patio were full of patrons taking a break from the festive atmosphere inside and gobbling down some really scrumptious Thai food as the kitchen stays open until late. So, Sunday night was a total success. I found a new place to hear the blues. I made some new friends. And, I finally found a good use for Facebook! |

quiz • answers

1. Claude Debussy. He had been diagnosed with rectal cancer in 1909. 2. Compulsory vaccination. To eradicate smallpox, the 1904 law permitted sanitary brigade workers, accompanied by police, to enter homes and apply the vaccine by force. 3. Sir Christopher Wren, architect of St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Wren took part in medical experiments while at Wadham College. 4. ‘Limey’ was originally used as a derogatory word for sailors in the Royal Navy, because of the Royal Navy’s practice of adding lemon juice or lime juice to the sailors’ daily ration of watered-down rum in order to prevent scurvy. 5. Sir Humphry Davy, probably best remembered today for his discoveries of several alkali and alkaline earth metals and inventor in 1815 of the Davy safety lamp.

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6. Malaria. Jesuit’s Bark or Peruvian Bark is so named because it was obtained from the bark of several species of the genus Cinchona, of the Rubiaceae family, indigenous in the Western Andes of South America and were first described and introduced by Jesuit priests who did missionary work in Peru. 7. Heart-lung machine. American Dr John Heysham Gibbon Jr first used his invention successfully on a human in 1953. He died in 1973,

 Eight classic Chevrolet Corvettes disappear down a sinkhole in Kentucky.  God’s Angel meets Hells Angels as the Pope blesses bikers on Harley Davidson’s 110th anniversary. His own Harley sold at auction for £200,000.  The giant jellyfish washed up on a beach in Tasmania.

ironically from a heart attack while playing tennis. 8. Edward Jenner (1749-1823), pioneer of the smallpox vaccine and often called “the father of immunology”. Jenner successfully inoculated James Phipps with pus from blisters on the hands of Sarah Nelmes who caught cowpox from Blossom the cow.

European country where the press printed reports of the outbreak, which killed thousands in armies fighting World War I. Other countries suppressed the news in order to protect morale. 11. Gaye’s passport was found in a stack of vinyl albums bought at a garage sale for 50c (30p) by a Motown fan in Detroit.

9. It was an appendectomy performed by French surgeon Claudius Amyand. The organ had apparently been perforated by the pin. Hanvil Andersen made a spectacular recovery and was discharged a month later.

12. The boy said he was a dwarf and had left his driving licence at home.

10. ‘Spanish ‘flu’ was coined because Spain was at the time the only

14. A Harley-Davidson, presented by the motorcycle company to the Pope to mark the brand’s 110th anniversary. The bike raised £200,000 for charity at auction.

13. A sinkhole. The vehicles disappeared down the hole, 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep.

15. A jellyfish. 16. Arsenal. The Coventry University study found Manchester United were the second most popular club. It also found Chinese fans were most likely to support Germany in the World Cup. 17. Chobani yogurt. The Russians claimed the Americans had not submitted the proper paperwork to bring in 5,000 cartons. 18. Spain had the smallest parking places. Barcelona’s parking spaces are only 2.2m by 4.5m (7.2ft by 14.8ft).

golfers • guide Many local bars organise golf days, often at better prices than casual golfers can negotiate with the course direct. If you plan to play regularly, consider membership of the Pattaya Sports Club as production of its membership card can help secure worthwhile discounts. The one-off registration fee is Bt400 plus Bt500 a year membership thereafter. Most golfers find they can save these sums within just a few rounds. Bangpra International: is one of several five-star courses in the area. This is an 18-hole, par 72 course with plenty of water on the front nine. Clubhouse has been renovated in style – even the toilets are automated! Tel: 038 341 149-50 Burapha Golf Club: is a four-star, 36-hole, par 72 course. The Eastern course suits up-and-coming golfers, while the Western challenges the more experienced. Reserving a tee-off time is advised. Tel: 038 372 700-1 Century Chonburi: Designed by Nick Faldo, this is an inexpensive 18-hole, par 72 course, often not too busy during the week. Clubhouse has little to commend it, but this is reflected in low green fees. Tel: 081 304 1545 Crystal Bay: Many palms has led to Hawaiian comparisons. Testing par 3s are a feature. Water adds to the look of the course, not just as a hazard. Virtually no rough. Good chance to play to your handicap or better. Tel: 038 349 370-80 Eastern Star: near Bang Chang is an 18-hole, par 72 four-star course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course with a five-star clubhouse

Whatever standard you play to you will find a course to suit within an hour’s drive. Here are just some of them.

is set in an old coconut plantation and is popular with families due to its pools and sports club adjacent. Tel: 038 630 410-6 The Emerald: Close to Bang Chang, Emerald is another course where Nick Faldo has left his mark. He designed this in conjunction with the late Desmond Muirhead. Many holes test accuracy, not length, of drive. Tel: 038 941 111

hole course gives value for money. Tel: 038 423 718-9 Phoenix: not far outside of the city this offers a five-star clubhouse and a four-star, 27-hole, par 72 course which is found between Pattaya and Sattahip in a well marked turning off the Sukhumvit. The three nines are called Ocean, Lake and Mountain. Tel: 038 239 391-5, 239 400

Great Lake: is a 36-hole, par 72, Nick Faldo design to the east of Pattaya. The 120 bunkers, water hazards and lovely setting make this a challenging course at moderate prices. Tel: 038 622 630

Rayong Green Valley: this is a Wolveridge and Thompson course of 18 holes, classed as five-star for both the course and clubhouse (which it shares with St Andrews). Suits all handicaps, but beware the water. Tel: 038 603 000-5

Greenwood (formerly Noble Place): is well designed 27-hole, par 72 course. A well-kept course with few water hazards allows good scoring for high handicappers. Tel: 081 484 9066, 081 484 9069

Royal Thai Navy (Plutaluang): reasonable green fees ensure this 36hole, par 72 venue is well used but is rarely too busy. Feature holes include The Lighthouse par 3 surrounded by water. Tel & Fax: 038 246 056-7

Laem Chebang International: in terms of course, facilities and expense this Jack Nicklaus-designed, 27-hole, par 72 course is one of the top ones. Set in spectacular surroundings on mountain, valley and lake nines. Carts are compulsory. Tel: 038 372 273

Siam Country Club, Old Course: is a three-star, 18-hole course, a fourstar clubhouse and a five star price. Gentle hills with large trees give it the feeling of Western golf courses. Host to the LPGA tournament early each year. Tel: 038 909 700

Pattana Golf and Sports Resort: Three nine-hole course – one of which features a par 6; another starts with an intimidating drive between two stretches of water that catches out many a high handicapper. The course is a par 72 set in more than 1,200 rai. Tel: 038 318 999 Pattaya Country Club: located 25 kms outside Pattaya on Route 36 is popular with expat golfers. This 18-

Siam Country Club, Plantation Course: 27-hole course opened in 2008 and is already regarded as one of the most difficult. Three holes share the same green – a first in Asia. Carts are compulsory. Clubhouse is a delight. Tel: 038 909 600 St Andrews 2000: is considered one of the best in the area. This course is a serious challenge. Carts are compulsory. Boasts two par 6 holes. Tel: 038 030 660-2


sightseeing • attractions Bira International Circuit: is the only internationally certified racetrack in Thailand. Its extensive facilities include a full-service karting track, an off-road test track, and the FIA certified 2.41km racetrack. It can be found about 15 km away on the Pattaya-Rayong Road (Highway 36). Tel: 022 803 547/025 221 731/8 Flight of the Gibbon: this attraction is ranked highly on the Trip Advisor website list of things to do. Cheap it isn’t but most of the reviews rate the experience and commend the safety measures employed. It can be found close to Khao Kheow Zoo. Tel: 0899 70 55 11 or visit website www. Khao Chi Chan: etched and filled with gold leaf, this Buddha is more than 100 metres high and is thought to be the largest such image in the world. Next to Silver Lakes Vineyard which is also worth a visit. Khao Kheow Open Zoo: 35 km north of Pattaya. A huge zoo with many animals that are on the endangered species list including six rare white tigers exchanged by the Memphis Zoo in the USA. Open daily 08:00-18:00. Tel: 038 298 188. Koh Larn: is reached by ferry from Bali Hai pier or by speedboat. It has several beaches boasting white sand and clear blue water. The many activities include para sailing, snorkeling, jet ski, banana boat, swimming in tropical waters, and there is even a shooting range there. Koh Larn is also suited for bicycling and hiking. Million-Year




Crocodile Farm: lies a 15 minute drive from central Pattaya. It features an exotic zoo, and crocodile, fireswallowing and magic shows, as well as the garden and stone park. Open 8.00-18:30. Tel: 03824 9347-9 or www. for information. Mini Siam: is on Sukhumvit Road, surrounded by Soi 33. This model village celebrates the heritage of Thailand with miniature replicas of the most famous monuments and historical sites. Replicas of Tower Bridge, Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Trevi Fountain are also displayed. There is a small go-kart track. Open daily from 7.00-22.00. Tel: 038 421 628 for information. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden: 163 Sukhumvit Road (15 minutes east of city towards Bang Saray). Beautiful gardens with waterfalls, “Cultural Extravaganza” performances four times a day. Tourists experience religious ceremonies, martial arts demonstrations, massages and elephant shows. Tel: 03842 9321. Pattaya Dolphin World and Resort: a comparative newcomer to the scene and parts of it were yet to be completed at the beginning of 2013. Recommended for families with young children but don’t expect USA-style shows. Tel: 038 051 790/6. Pattaya Elephant Village: 7km from Central Pattaya on Phonpraphanimit Road. Shows daily at 14.30 and last an hour. A one-hour elephant ride is available from 8.00-17.30 and rafting, trekking (three hours including a meal) is available at 9.00, 10.30, 12.30 and 16.30. Tel: 038 249 818.

Here we list just a few of the things tourists and expats can do to make their time here more enjoyable ...

Pattaya Park and Tower: at Pratumnak features a large whirlpool with giant sliders and a tower with a revolving restaurant. Visitors can also enjoy several games and rides on the tower and in its playground. Open daily from 10.00-19.00 (20.00 on Saturday). Tel: 03836 4110-20 or 02579 9612-4 or www.pattayapark. com for more information. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum: on the third floor of Royal Garden Plaza. Access from both Second Road and Beach Road. Open daily 11.0023.00. Tel: 03871 0294/8. Sanctuary of Truth: this wooden giant can be found in North Pattaya. The entrance is at Soi 12, Naklua Road. Every inch of the building is covered with wooden carvings to reflect Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. It is open daily from 9.00-18.00 Admission is 500 baht. 038 225 407/038 367 229 www. Sriracha Tiger Zoo: a zoo with various shows at 341 Moo 3, Nongkham, Sri Racha (30 minutes away). It claims a population of 200 tigers and around 10,000 crocodiles, the largest of such in the world. Tel: 03829 6556. Underwater World: on Sukhumvit Road 200 metres south of Tesco Lotus at Pattaya South has a collection of marine species from the Gulf of Thailand. Walk through the 100-metre long pedestrian tunnel and witness more than 200 species of fish swimming by. Open daily from 9.00-18.00 (last tickets 17.30). Tel: 038 756 879.

THE COOL BAR ON SOI KHAOTALO OPEN DAILY FROM 1pm • For more information call +66 (0)87 747 8555, + 66 (0)89 250 5691 or email

RW-Treuhand AG, founded in 1975, a reliable partner Looking for actively involved and co-operating partner The owner of a vacation resort in Thailand is planning to take a step back from work. Wonderful weather and sunshine comes with this position. Financial investment is THB 12,000,000. Interested in something new and exciting? Properties for rent in Pattaya at Naklua Road Located on the 2nd and 3rd floor (no elevator), 2 x 200 sq.m. Building still under construction, flat roof. 10 year lease available. Luxury suite in Pattaya at Soi 18, Naklua Located on the 7th floor which offers a wonderful ocean view. One bedroom, one bathroom, one parlor including open area kitchen. Monthly rent THB 50,000 all inclusive. A property with the special touch of one thousand and one nights!

This dream property is spread over 2,000 sq.m. A true jewel that fulfills every wish! It is the perfect place to relax and find peace. The selling price for this Garden of Eden is THB 23,000,000. Contact information: (only seriously interested parties welcome, no curious onlookers!)

bars • restaurants

Bars Bamboo Bar: live music nightly in this busy bar and streetside lounge. Close to Walking Street entrance. Tel: 038 232 315, Fax: 038 232 315, email: Booze Lounge: situated on the Dark Side in Soi Khao Talo this airconditioned bar combines low prices with good music. Tel: 087 747 8555, email: Caddy Shack: as the name suggests, it’s a haven for golfers. Airconditioned with outdoor terrace and swimming pool and rooms to rent upstairs. 388/385 M10, Soi 17. Tel: 038 300 683, Fax: 038 300 682, email: Green Bottle: cosy, well-run pub with a good reputation and central location. 216/3 M10, 2nd Road. Tel: 038 429 870, email: dianagrp@ Jameson’s: Irish pub with strong food offering. Popular with locals and tourists alike. Good place to unwind. 80/164 Moo 9, Soi Sukrudee (Soi AR) right next to Nova Park. Tel: 038 361 873-4 Fax: 038 361 873, email: info@ Metro: an air-conditioned sports bar boasting free pool tables and numerous screens on which to watch top sports events. Soi LK Metro, 33/8536, Moo 10 close to Soi Buakhow. Tel: 038 425 874, email: Punch & Judy: this is a London-style pub with good food and competitive prices. Frequent promotions. Almost opposite the Caddy Shack in Soi 17. Tel: 038 413255 Shamrock: fun and lively Britishrun ‘family’ bar, an oasis of sanity among the bars of Pattayaland, South Pattaya. Tel: 038 425 417 email: Witherspoons: A typical Britishstyle pub with inexpensive meals available while you watch the football on one of its numerous screens. Rooms also available. Soi Buakhow near Soi Diana Inn. Tel: 038 721 121

Need to be fed and watered? You’ll find a warm welcome at any of the following ...

Restaurants Ali Baba: Good quality Indian restaurant with a fine selection of authentic dishes. 1/13-14, Pattaya Central Road close to the beach. Tel: 038 361 620

Mata Hari: close to the Thappraya Road turn-off towards Pratumnak. Specialises in fine European and Thai cuisine at prices less than you might expect. Tel: 038 259 799, email: info@

Alt Heidelberg: German sausages and imported sauerkraut dominate the menu, good location. 273 M10, Pattaya Beach Road, South Pattaya. Tel: 038 421 258

PIC Kitchen: classy Thai food in a traditional atmosphere. Soi 5, Pattaya 2 Road. Tel: 038 428 374, 428 387, Fax: 038 422 773, email: picpih@

Blue Olive: Slightly tucked away off Thepprasit Soi 8 this restaurant it worth digging a little to find. Mediterranean food is the speciality. Chef also produces Mexican food. Tel: 038 416 285, email:

Pig and Whistle: British pub grub in ample portions served by well-trained staff. 217/34 Moo 10, Pattaya City. Tel: 038 361 315, Fax: 038 361 272, email:

Bruno’s: Renowned for serving classy reasonably expensive French cuisine, more than 150 wines available. A place to impress. 306/63 Chateau Dale Plaza, Thappraya Road, Pattaya. Tel: 038 364 600-1, Mobile: 081 861 5612, Fax: 038 364 602, email: Cherrys: You get a lot for your money here. European and Thai food. Be careful not to fill up on the salad bar which is free when ordering a main course. Their buffet nights get crowded. In Third Road opposite the former X-Zyte Disco. Tel: 086 3145819 Ciao: Decent pizza and pasta in this established Italian restaurant in Pattaya Klang Road. 038 710 614 Hard Rock Café: International restaurant cum bar with large cocktail menu and mainly American influenced cuisine. DJs spin discs and house band performs cover versions. 429 Moo 9, Pattaya Beach Road. Tel: 038 428 755, Fax: 038 421 673. Open: Mon-Sun 11.00 to 02.00 JJ Pizza Bar: authentic pizza cooked in wood fire ovens, reasonably priced. 325/85 M.10, Soi Pattaya-land 2, Pattaya Beach Road. 038 424 128 Lobster Pot: huge restaurant serving all seafood, specialising in lobster and tiger prawns. Walking Street opposite Pattaya Soi 14, South Pattaya. Tel: 038 426 083

Queen Victoria Inn: traditional English pub with excellent menu and a good selection of imported beers on tap. 437/137-8 Soi Yodsak (Soi 6), Pattaya.038 425 418, 362 523, Mobile: 086 060 6210, Fax: 038 424 941, email: Rice Mill: Cantonese restaurant offers dim sun and all-you-can-eat buffet on weekends. Royal Garden Plaza, 218 Beach Road, Pattaya. Tel: 038 421 120 Royal Cliff Beach Hotel: huge complex containing 10 restaurants, including the delicious Maharani Indian restaurant. 353 Pratumnak Road. Tel: 038 250 421, Fax: 038 250 511, 250 513, email: Shenanigans: bar and restaurant serving traditional Irish pub-style fayre and drinks with daily food specials. In Jomtien Complex which also has daily promotions such as “Toss the Boss”. If he loses the drinks are on him. Tel: 038 303 490. The Sportsman: traditional pub fayre with Thai food. Top Sunday carvery, extensive wine list and many imported beers. Soi 13, Beach Road. Tel: 038 710 609 Sugar Hut Restaurant: in hotel of the same name, expensive, but worth it. Thai cuisine. 391/18 Moo 10, Thappraya Road. Tel: 038 364 186,251 686, Fax: 038 251 689, email:, open: 07.00-24.00


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overs & Shakers was back in Pattaya for the middle of last month when just a little under 200 social and business networkers got together at the usual venue – the Havana Bar at the Holiday Inn on Beach Road. The evening comprised the tried and trusted formula of good food, plenty to drink and the chance to get together with old friends and make new ones. Main sponsors were Kingdom Property who have started building the Southpoint project on Pratumnak. They were joined by co-sponsors A+ Pattaya Property and Bartercard (Thailand) Pattaya. A+ boast the city’s biggest, permanent property expo on the Sukhumvit Road; Bartercard are the trade exchange network.

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Coffee break

April 23 marks the anniversary of the deaths of English playwright William Shakespeare and Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes. Both died on April 23, 1616, but not on the same day! Cervantes’ death date is based on the modern Gregorian calendar, while Shakespeare’s is based on the old Julian calendar used in England at the time. If he used the Gregorian calendar, Shakespeare would have died in May.

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mystery columnist • our man at large

Thai new year (the Songkran water festival) will soon be upon us and with its advent our mystery writer expresses hope that the damaging events of recent times will also be washed away.

Time for a fresh start?


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pril soon comes round and seems only a short time since we were celebrating Christmas and the New Year. April is, of course, the time of the Thai New Year or Songkran as it is perhaps better known to all of those that live here and those that come on holiday especially to join in the celebrations of the water festival. In Pattaya the water festival goes on for around one week but in most other parts of the country it lasts just for a couple of days – but as we all know, Pattaya is a party town! Perhaps the fact that Pattaya is a party town gets too much for some residents who feel the need to leave the city at this time of year for something, or somewhere, quieter! Songkran is an important time for all Thais and is often a time when families get the rare opportunity to meet up and spend time together. The festival is also an important

time for businesses especially those in the tourist hotspots such as Pattaya. It is a time when many people flock to the city with as many Thais as foreigners coming so it is a boom time for the many bars and restaurants around the city. It is also excellent opportunity for the developers and real estate agents to get in front of people that they may not otherwise get the chance to. Maybe these people only visit once a year so this is the one and only opportunity to make a real impression.

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Cut-throat competition Often developers offer incentives at this time of year for potential buyers in terms of discounts, holidays or other free items dependent on the value of the property. All the stops are pulled out to promote their particular projects and sometimes the competition can become quite cut-throat!

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With the increased number of visitors in the city, many of them first time ones, this is the optimum time for the city as a whole to make a real impression. Many of these will hopefully become repeat guests and who knows; maybe they could perhaps become residents – something that can only benefit the city as a whole in the long term and, as all of us who live here know, it is very easy to fall in love with place! With Pattaya’s image changing all the time it is easy to understand that the demographics of the city will be soon changing in a similar vein so it is important that the activities that are on offer reflect this and everyone’s tastes are catered for. April and Songkran is also a sign that the high season is drawing to a close. Obviously this has an impact on a number of businesses around the city but surprisingly, not everywhere is

Good service The agents should take care to give a good service as it is always possible that these guests may be looking to purchase something of their own in the future. They will surely go back to the agent who has been most helpful in previous years. As I have said in my recent articles, this high season has been disappointing after a promising start. I think we all know the reasons why this has been the case but it is something that we are all hoping doesn’t happen again in the near future. However, as we are only too aware, political instability is something that we are used to in Thailand and sadly something that we have learned to live with. Hopefully the lower season and our golfing buddies can go some

way to readdressing the balance and in some cases the books for Pattaya! We can all live in hope of a bumper low season that could perhaps match a high – well we can always dream! There are many differing arguments about the affects of the high season on the property market. There is the argument that fewer visitors result in fewer sales. I am sure that this is correct with clients looking to purchase holiday homes, usually at the lower end of the market but I think that this can certainly be countered by the fact that many of those looking to buy are already residents or repeat visitors. Many will be first time buyers who already know what they are looking for, others may be current owners looking to upgrade their properties. When you also take into account the fact that investors maybe looking to purchase properties to renovate or to ensure that they are ready for the high season it is easy to see why, in reality, the seasons have little impact on purchases. I think that we have all heard the usual comments about the property market slowing down, but is this actually the case or is it the usual doom merchants professing to know everything? Well from my experience in Pattaya it appears to me that the property market is constantly changing with developers trying to predict what the market will demand

The agents should take care to give good service as it is always possible that these guests may be looking to purchase something of their own in the future.

in a couple of years’ time. I think this can give the impression of slowing down when in actual fact it is just shifting. I am sure that there will be a slowdown at some point as this is inevitable, but at the moment I would suggest that things appear to relatively normal. What can we expect in the future is a big question. Pattaya is an everexpanding city that is changing all the time. Family orientated It is certainly more family orientated than it has ever been so it would be fair to assume that it will continue in the same manner. The pattern also seems to be moving more towards short-term residents rather than long-term ones. This would suggest that future developments, certainly in terms of condos, will look to meet this demand. This may lead to more two-bedroom condos appearing and perhaps a move more towards condotels may be the way forward. As always space is running short. I hope you enjoy the Songkran Festival and everything that comes with it. As you will all have heard now, make sure you stay safe and appreciate all that Pattaya has to offer, and for guests and residents, both old and new, keep enjoying the Land of Smiles! |

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affected. The low season can turn into a golfer’s paradise. Accommodation is usually cheaper, the courses are quieter and let’s not forget, what appeals most to many of the golfers, the green fees are cheaper! The influx of golfers is again another opportunity for the real estate agents to build their businesses. Many of these people will be looking for rental accommodation and most are looking for something of a reasonable standard with a reasonable budget. Before, the agents used to frown upon the short-term rentals but these know make up the bread and butter for many in the low season.

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Don’t miss out on the Chinese market l China remains Thailand’s number one tourist market, with a total of 4.7 million arrivals in 2013 – a 68.83 per cent jump over 2012. - Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

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Your at-a-glance guide to some of the major players in the Pattaya property market. We do not claim this is a comprehensive list of all the brokers and developers who can provide a service but we hope readers will find it helpful.

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ACI Enterprise Co Ltd (incorporating ACI Ocean Properties) 672/20 M5 Soi 18, Naklua Road next to Northpoint, Wong-Amat T: +66 (0)38 41 6060 F: +66 (0)38 41 6061 M: +66 (0)81 762 2627 E: W: and Principal: Markus Probst Memberships: CRS, REBA (Thailand), REBA-ES, RETS (Thailand), NAR, CIPS Alan Bolton Property Consultants Unit C102, 399/9 M10 The Avenue Shopping Mall Second Road near Villa Market T: +66 (0)38 416 728-9 F: +66 (0)38 416 730 M: +66 (0)81 996 2489 E: W: Principal: Alan Bolton Memberships: REBA (Thailand), REBA-ES, RETS (Thailand), TREBS All Siam Properties M: +66 (0)87 068 5159 E: W: Membership: TREA Anaakot Group Property Consultants 138/1 Moo 12, Soi Chayapruk, Jomtien T: +66 (0)38 231544 M: +66 (0)8780 33329 E: W: Principal: Jason Young Arise Asia 415 Pratumnak Hill Soi 6 T: +66 (0)38 075 610 M: +66 (0)85 228 8911 (Thanya) E: W: Principal: Thanyamai Totharong (Thanya) Memberships: CRS, REBA (Thailand), REBA-ES, RETS (Thailand), NAR, CIPS

glossaRY The following are among the trade organisation memberships or qualifications held by some of the agents. Note that, in some instances, the qualification is with the individual employee – not the company overall. AIPP: Acronym stands for The Association of International Property Professionals which is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to improve the standards of professionalism in the international property market, helping both the industry and the public. Members have voluntarily signed up to follow the AIPP Code of Conduct. CIPS: Certified International Property Specialist – this is a members-only group which is for international practitioners of the National Association of REALTORS®. CRS: Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the top professional designation awarded to REALTORS® in residential sales. Held by fewer than five per cent of all REALTORS®. NAR: National Association of Realtors is North America’s largest trade association representing more than 1.2 million members. Members can call themselves REALTORS®. NAR also functions as a self-regulatory organisation for real estate brokerage.

Benchmark Asia Property Co Ltd Soi Post Office T: +66 (0)38 304 133 M: +66 (0)81 792 9486 E: W: Principal: Gareth De Silva Memberships: CRS, REBA (Thailand), REBA-ES, RETS (Thailand), NAR, CIPS Bizhouse Co Ltd 324/22 Moo 9 Central Pattaya Road near junction with Third Road T: +66 (0)38 416 322 M: +66 (0)89 0924593 E: W: Principal: Richard Arthur Century 21 – B2 Real Estate 315/2 (Soi Lengkee 1) Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 T: +66 (0)38 421 652 M: +66 (0)83 603 7989 E: W: Principal: Roman Durksen

Coastal Real Estate 216/62 M10, Soi 13 (Soi Diana next to Mega-Break) T: +66 (0)38 421 580, +66 (0)38 412 169 M: +66 (0)81 269 0742 E: W: Principal: Kevin Mattson

TREBA (Thailand): This is the nationwide Thailand Real Estate Broker Association with affiliation to the international Council of Residential Specialists. REBA-ES: The Real Estate Broker Association for the Eastern Seaboard.

RETS (Thailand): Real Estate Training School (Thailand) – brokers seeking membership of REBA must have staff attend and pass their test.

Colliers International Thailand 519/4-5 Second Road, opposite Central Festival, Pattaya Beach T: +66 (0)38 427 771 F: +66 (0)38 427 772 M: +66 (0)85 2828 120 E: or W: Principal: Mark Bowling Memberships: RICS

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AAAA Properties Jomtien Plaza Condotel 406/37 M12 Jomtien Beach Road T: +66 (0)38 756 370 F: +66 (0)38 757 015 M: +66 (0)86 144 1312 E: W: Principal: Louis J Van den Bergh

agents • directory Compass Real Estate Co Ltd 131/56 Moo 9, Sukhumvit Road, South Pattaya, Chonburi 20150 T: +66 (0)800 958 854 M: +66 (0)901 360 747/+66 (0)80 767 1868 E: W: Principal: Rob Rowcett East Coast Real Estate Co Ltd Office 1: 414/19 M12 Jomtien Complex T: +66 (0)38 267 030-1 F: +66 (0)38 267 029 M: +66 (0)81 862 8034 Office 2: 485/4 M10 Second Road T: +66 (0)38 723 615-6 E: W: or Principal: David Gray

Farang Property Services 223/32 M9, Third Road T: +66 (0)38 052 495 F: +66 (0)38 052 496 M: +66 (0)89 938 7433 E: W: Principal: Manfred Ehrenheim Advertisements: Pages 4 and 5

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Five Star Villas & Condos 315/5 Moo 9, Soi Leng Kee, Pattaya Third Road M: +66 (0)81 938 8391 Robert or (0)809 16667 Mesiya E: W: Principals: Robert and Mesiya (May) Watson Memberships: CRS, REBA (Thailand), CIPS, REBA-ES, RETS (Thailand), NAR, TREBS

Global Property Global Solidor Enterprise Co Ltd North Pattaya – 157/142 Moo 5, Naklua Road T: +66 (0)38 427 364 M: +66 (0)82 469 5551 or +66 (0)81 838 1390 E: W: Principal: Rainer Heinzmann Memberships: REBA-ES, CIPS

glossaRY RICS: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – an independent body which regulates the conduct of property professionals and surveyors in the UK and other sovereign nations. RICS provides education and training standards, protects consumers with strict codes of practice and advises governments and business. TREA: The Thai Real Estate Association aims to be the hub of the real estate profession here by encouraging entrepreneurs to operate to standards of quality and ethics; to create the maximum benefits for developers, government and consumers altogether. TREBS: The Thailand Real Estate Broker School provides training for real estate professionals. The course includes real estaterelated laws, broker law, broker ethics, listing and sales techniques, reconciliation techniques, property evaluation, property transfer procedure and tax calculation. Golden Homes Real Estate Co Ltd 33/39 M9 Soi Diana Inn T: +66 (0)38 720 892-3 M: +66 (0)86 826 8821 E: or W: Principal: Yupaporn Sangpagdee (Ploy) Homes Direct Asia 99/34 Soi Khao Noi T: +66 (0)38 068 956 F: +66 (0)38 068 957 M: +66 (0)811 429 0111 or 0890 160 077 E: W: Principal: Matt O’Sullivan Jomtien Property 315/185-6 Thappraya Road near entrance to View Talay 2 T: +66 (0)38 303 243 M: +66 (0)86 108 6575 E: W: Principal: Stu Sutton

JLL (formerly Jones Lang LaSalle) The Village Shopping Centre, Sukhumvit-Pattaya Road Services: Property sales and leasing; property management; consultancy; project management; and valuation T: +66 (0)38 074 663-5 E: W: W: Principal: Adam Bell Jump Real Estate 315/154 Thappraya Road T: +66 (0)38 251 859 M: +66 (0)879 015 229 E: W: Principal: Garry Angerstein Knight Frank The Village Shopping Centre where the Sukhumvit meets Soi Chaiyapruk M: +66 (0)81 550 4099 E: anchalee.kasemsukthawat@ W: North Shore Property Co Ltd 315/414 M12 Thappraya Road T: +66 (0)38 303 825-6 M: +66 (0)87 833 5066 or (0)86 323 4607 E: W: Principal: Mesa Wongsida NT Realty Asia 215/15-18 Second Road T: +66 (0)38 426 242 or (0)38 425 836 E: W: Principals: Tim Bunker and Peter Randall Memberships: RETS (Thailand), NAR, CIPS One Stop Real Estate 219/14 M9, Soi Yamato T: +66 (0)38 710 699 or (0)38 710 725 M: +66 (0)819 454 845 E: W: Principal: Mark Welch Memberships: CRS, REBA (Thailand), REBA-ES, RETS (Thailand), NAR, CIPS

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Pattaya Bay Real Estate 405/23 Soi Bongkot T: + 66 (0) 38 374 623 M: + 66 (0) 811 580 065 (English) + 66 (0) 807 247 476 (Thai) E: W: Principal: Mal Patterson Pattaya Exclusive Properties 680/8 Nova Mirage, Naklua Soi 16 T: + 66 (0) 38 368 368 M: +66 (0)89 266 8665 or (0)89 831 4602 E: W: Pattaya Jomtien Property 75/49 Soi 5 Immigration, Beach Road, Jomtien (75m from Immigration Office) T: +66 (0)38 756 755 M: +66 (0)85 129 5657 (Thai); or +66 (0)85 667 3687 (English) E: W: Principals: Kevin and Chanram Hurst Pattaya Prestige Properties 2/28 Ground Floor, View Talay 7 F: +66 (0)38 059 632 M: +66 (0)870 217 014 E: W: Principal: Jan Nuyten

Pattaya Realty 219/1 Tipp Plaza, Second Road T: +66 (0)38 412 301-2 M: +66 (0)89 833 6175 or (0)89 832 7226 E: W: Principal: Stuart Daly Memberships: CIPS, REBA (Thailand), REBA-ES, RETS (Thailand), NAR Advertisements: Pages 14 and 15

Powerhouse Properties Co Ltd View Talay Residence 4 489/2 Jomtien Soi 5, Pattaya, 20150 T: +66 (0)38 059 635 M: +66 (0)81 945 8002, +66(0)90 398 6643 E: W: Principal: J. Bernard Memberships: REBA-ES, REBA (Thailand), RETS (Thailand), CIPS, NAR, CRS, RESMA Premier Homes Real Estate Co Ltd 240/21 Jomtien Beach Road T: +66 (0)38 231 931 M: +66 (0)81 634 2915 E: W: Principals: Clayton and Supap Wade Memberships: CIPS, RETS (Thailand), NAR Rightmove Pattaya 369/1 M9, Units 8&9 PS Bowl, 2nd Road T: +66 (0)38 361 212 M: +66 (0)89 253 5607 E: W: Principal: Craig Turner Memberships: REBA (Thailand), REBA-ES, RETS (Thailand), CIPS Sallmanns (Eastern Seaboard) Ltd Near Hanaman Statue, Jomtien T: +66 (0)38 252 588 M: +66 (0)87137 0392 E: W: Principal: Tim Gladwin Seaboard Properties Co Ltd 316/23 Thappraya Road near Food Mart, Jomtien T: +66 (0)38 252 456 F: +66 (0)38 252 457 M: +66 (0)86 129 8281 E: W: Principal: Eddie Buehler W: Principals: Heiner and Porn Moessing Memberships: CRS, REBA (Thailand), REBA-ES, RETS (Thailand), NAR, CIPS Talay Real Estate Co Ltd 240/18 M5, Naklua not far from Dolphin Roundabout on Second Road T: +66 (0)38 362 352 F: +66 (0)38 362 351 M: +66 (0)87 608 1116 or (0)8 0091 5353 E: W: Principals: Namthip Khanjanavisittaphol (Sandy) and Ted T Okuno Thailand-Property-Gate Head office: 82/9 Langsuan Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Eastern Seaboard office: 449/84, M12, Thepprasit Road W: E: M: +66 (0)81 835 99 23 Thailiving 306/90-91 M12 Thappraya Road T: +66 (0)38 364 514 M: +66 (0)81 862 7405 E: W: Principal: Supaporn Persson (Sara)

Town & Country Property 63/10-11 Pattaya Tai T: +66 (0)38 374 136 F: +66 (0)38 374 137 Russian: +66 (0)84 873 7425 E: W: Principal: Cees Cuijpers Memberships: CRS, REBA-ES, NAR, CIPS Advertisements: Pages 8 and 9

Siam Properties 313/27 M10 Pattaya Tai T: +66 (0)38 415 490 F: +66 (0)38 414 693 M: +66 (0)81 861 1907 (Heiner) or (0)81 821 7045 (Porn) Russian: +66 (0)89 245 2890 (Vera) E: or

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developers • directory Anaakot Group Development 138/1 Moo 12, Soi Chayapruk, Jomtien Project: Sixtythree@12 T: +66 (0)38 231544 M: +66 (0)8780 33329 E: W: Contact: Jason Young Blue Sky Developments Co Ltd 933 Ruamtanuthai Building, 11th floor, Mahachai Road, Wangburapapirom, Phranakorn, Bangkok T: +66(0)81 8180874 E: W: Principal: Pornthep Chawla (Dev) Boutique Corporation 170/67 21st floor, Ocean Tower 1, Soi Sukhumvit 16, Ratchadaphisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110 T: +66 (0)86 378 7777 E: W: Principal: Pattama Piyamaneeporn Bravo Thai Lifestyle Co Ltd Projects: The Vineyard I, II & III and Amaya Hill near Lake Mabprachan M: +66 (0)89 8677 969 E: W: Principal contact: Terrence Allen Collins

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CSP Projects Chaiyapruk 2 over rail track on left opposite The Ville Projects: Coconut Grove, Coco Palms and Palm Grove T: +66 (0)38 076 285-6 E: W: Principal contact: Tom Coglan CW Asset Co Ltd 212/13 North Pattaya Road Project: Bang Saray Beach Condominium T: +66 (0)38 414 405 M: +66 (0)85 272 8338 (English) or +66 (0)85 272 8228 (Thai) E: W: or Principal: Ms Imorn Luekhamharn Membership: TREA

Domum Holding Co Ltd 391/109 Thappraya Road. Corner of Soi 13, next to Mata Hari Restaurant Project: Meridiem Condominium and Meridiem Park Condominium T: +66 (0) 38 251 464 M: +66 (0) 8888 10311 F: +66 (0) 38 251 733 E: W: Dusitpattaya Co Ltd Soi Wat Yan off the Sukhumvit near Ban Amphur Projects: Baan Dusitpattaya and Dusit Grand Condo View (Jomtien) T: +66 (0)38 343 586 F: +66 (0)38 343 585 M: +66 (0)81 0584 930 (English and Thai) M: +66 (0)868 486 704 (Russian) E: W: or Principal contact: Darwan Bunting (Meam) Global Tower Group Co Ltd Banglamung Soi 16 Project: Paradise Ocean View M: +66 (0)8 222 66 077 E: W: Habitat 5 Co Ltd Sales Office: 172 Soi Chaiyapruk 2 Project: The Ville Jomtien M: +66 (0)81 450 0001/2 E: W: Heights Holdings Co Ltd Thappraya Road next to Bruno’s Italian Restaurant Projects: Park Royal I, II & III, Pattaya Heights, Club Royal, Laguna Bay I , II and III (The Maldives), Laguna Beach Resort Jomtien I & II, Laguna Heights, The Peak Towers, Wong Amat Tower, Water Park Condominium and C-View M: +66 (0)85 282 6454 E: W: Principal contact: Oliver Nabarro

Major Development PCL 141 Soi Thonglor 10, Sukhumvit 55, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Local project: Reflection Jomtien Beach Sales office: Jomtien Beach Road, adjacent to Suttangrak Restaurant T: +66 (0)38 233 111 M: +66 (0)89 247 7158 E: W: Matrix Developments 352/202-3 M12 Pratumnak Road Current projects: Art-on-the-Hill, Paradise Park, Sunset Boulevard, The View, The Vision, Amazon Residence and City Center Residence T: +66 (0)38 250 120-1 F: +66 (0)38 250 008 M: +66 (0)87 607 8880 E: W: Membership: AIPP Modus Group 292/1-2 Moo 5 Soi 12, Pattaya-Naklua, Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Project: Modus Beachfront Condo T: +66 (0)38 225 999 or (0)38 252 635 M: +66 (0)89-092 1333 E: or W: Principal: Pimpinan Namthep New Nordic Occupies a large area of Pratumnak. Soi 4 and look for the orange signs Current projects: New Nordic Suites, New Nordic VIP Condominium I, II and III and IV are planned T: +66 (0)38 250 025 M: +66 (0)89 605 4114 E: W: Norwegian Properties Group 315/175-180 Moo 12, Nongprue Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Project: VN Residences 3 T: +66 (0)38 303 310 F: +66 (0)38 252 548 M: +66 (0)89 936 6741 (Eng) or +66 (0)89 834 7664 (Eng and Rus) E: or W: Principal contact: Jeanette Eiksund Heltne

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developers • directory Nova Group Nova Park, 80/164 M9, Soi Sukrudee (Soi AR) near Jameson’s Pub Projects: Amari Residences Pattaya, The Cliff, Nova Ocean View, Novana Residence, The Palm, Nam Talay, Serenity Wongamat and Ocean Pacific T: +66 (0)38 415 304-8 F: +66 (0)38 415 309 M: +66 (0)85 282 6454 E: W: Principal contacts: Rony Fineman and Keith Storey Petch Property Development Co Ltd Projects: The Cove and Prima Residence Main office: 44 Soi Sukhumvit 59, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 T: +66 (0)27 143 872 F: +66 (0)27 143 871 M: +66 (0)89 991 1999 Sales office: 193/1 M5 Naklua Road T: +66 (0)38 428 284 or (0)38 428 595 E: W: Principal: Itthi Chavalittamrong Poompatta Co Ltd 450 M9 Nongprue, Chonburi 20150 Projects: Patta Village and Patta Town T&F: +66 (0)38 371 555 E: W:

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Powerhouse Properties Co Ltd View Talay Residence 4 489/2 Jomtien Soi 5, Pattaya, 20150 T: +66 (0)38 059 635 M: +66 (0)81 945 8002, +66(0)90 398 6643 E: W: Principal: J. Bernard Memberships: REBA-ES, REBA (Thailand), RETS (Thailand), CIPS, NAR, CRS, RESMA Raimon Land PLC 22nd Floor The Millenia Tower, Bangkok Projects: Northpoint, Zire Wong Amat and Unixx South Pattaya T: +66 (0)26 519 601 M: +66 (0)81 3717 888 E: W:

Riviera Group The Riviera Wongamat Beach, Pattaya-Naklua Road soi 16, Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Project: The Riviera (Wongamat) T: +66 (0)38 225 830 M: +66 (0)92 269 1840 (English) +66 (0)92 269 1860 (Russian) E: : W: Principal contact: Winston Gale Shining Light Co Ltd Project: City Garden Pattaya Soi 15, Second Road close to The Avenue T: +66 (0)38 416 690 F: +66 (0)38 724 249 E: W: (The) Siam Oriental Trading Co Ltd 267/4 M12, Pratumnak Projects: Siam Oriental Condominium, Siam Oriental Garden, Siam Oriental Twins T: +66 (0)38 250 873 M: +66 (0)84 872 1272 E: W: Principal contact: Sami Sarajärvi SK Pattaya Development Co Ltd 130/74 M12 Chaiyapruk Road Projects: Mabprachan Garden Resort, Permsub Garden Resort, SK Residence T: +66 (0)38 074 701/10 M: +66 (0)84 872 1272 E: W: Principal contact: Sa-nga Kijsamrej Town & Country Property 63/10-11 Pattaya Tai Projects: The Meadows, The Residence and Whispering Palms F: +66 (0)38 374 137 Russian: +66 (0)84 873 7425 E: W: Principal: Cees Cuijpers Tudor Villas Co Ltd Showroom Pratumnak Hill, Soi 2 Projects: Tudor Court Condominium and The Cube M: +66 (0)81 863 0201 E: W:

Tulip Group Co Ltd 88/58 Moo 4, Bowin Sub District, Siracha, Chonburi Projects: Centara Avenue Residence & Suites Pattaya and Golden Tulip Hotel & Residence (both behind The Avenue), Centara Grand Residence Pattaya (Na-Jomtien) and Waterfront Suites & Residences (Bali Hai) T: +66 (0)38 959 180 F: +66 (0)38 959 508 M: +66 (0)83 718 0005 E: W: Principal contacts: Kobi Elbaz and Jason Payne Universal Group Thailand 324/90 Moo 12, Thappraya Road Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Projects: Seven Seas and Savanna Sands T: +66 (0)38 074 625 E: W: Principal: Sonia Punjabi (The) Urban Co Ltd Projects: Acqua Condominium, The Gallery, SP Townhomes, The Urban, The Urban Suites, and Aeras T & F: +66 (0)38 231125-6 M: +66 (0)86 323 1908 E: W:, theurban, VKK Real Estate Co Ltd Sukhumvit 87 just before the rail track and the new road Projects: Porchland I, II, III (The Blue Residence), IV (The Time), V (La Santir), VI (The Feelture), VII (Del Mare) T: +66 (0)38 757 375-7 M: +66 (0)82 444 1147-8 E: W:

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