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the city magazine for pattaya

Issue 153 | February 2014 |

City Center is underway as Matrix continue to build their promises

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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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Very good initial effort I’m writing this about a week after the first property show has been staged in Pattaya. Overall I believe it was a success and I was pleased that this magazine had agreed to be a media sponsor for it. A total success? Well, the term “a curate’s egg” sums up my feelings. It was good in parts – indeed very good

Dave Buckley reflects on the impact of the recent first property show in Pattaya

in parts – but, sure, some things could be improved next time and I’m pleased to report on the facing page that there does look like being a next time. If any of the above sounds a little begrudging I don’t mean it to. It was the first show of its kind in the city and I would have been absolutely amazed had it been staged without a single hitch. The fact is that overall each of of the standholders I spoke to (more than half a dozen) said they were happy to have taken part. I’m not sure you can sensibly ask for much more. All these developers reported meeting several potential buyers that they felt were “real” as opposed

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signing on the dotted line so the true outcome can only be assessed in the weeks ahead. But all seemed to take positives from the show. At times the stands were very busy – usually in late morning and around lunchtime – with a tail-off towards the end of the day. Perhaps for the next show the opening times will be altered to reflect this. I got involved in a few discussions about the venue. The Hilton is an

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such an event. On the plus side is its very central location and the fact that it lift made it difficult to move stand equipment in and out. Not something to concern visitors to the show but it did make things difficult for those setting up stands and dismantling them afterwards. Also actually gaining access to the 17th floor was not as straightforward for show visitors as I might like. We had a small exhibition area from which we handed out several hundred copies of the magazine which was very gratifying. When I spoke on Mix 88.5FM I noted that a key benefit to REm was that the show allowed me to talk to many developers without having to get into my car and traverse the city. On that basis they should stage the exhibition every month, I joked. But on a serious note I feel that now the city has seen the first property show I hope it will be the first of many. I’m sure the correct frequency for such shows will be established over a period of time. Congratulations to the exhibition’s organisers on a top notch first effort.

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Success for first property show Exhibitors, visitors and organisers were all delighted with the results of the 1st Pattaya Property Show which took place at the Hilton Pattaya from between 9-12 January. More than 2,000 people attended with buyers from over 23 countries, including tourists, expats and Thais. The exhibition was sold out with in excess of 45 exhibitors. Exhibitors included national developers, Raimon Land and Sansiri, the largest local developers such as the Nova Group, Universal Group and Blue Sky Group, other premium developers including The Riviera Group, Kingdom Property, Onyx, Pattaya Posh and Siam Royal View, as well as many smaller local developers. Agents and brokers were also well represented with the city’s largest agents, A+ Properties, Ocean Residential, Compass Real Estate and REBA-ES, the Real Estate Broker Association – Eastern Seaboard, also present. Charlie Warner, CEO of organisers Exact Trading Company based in Pattaya, said: “Our objective was to put Pattaya Property on the international map for real estate investors, getting the full support of the City Administration and by holding the event at a prestige venue on the 17th floor of the Hilton, resulted in the high quality of visitors we wanted. It was serious people with a real interest that came to the show.” Show organiser Mike Bridge of Exact said: “We were very pleased with the results of our first show in the city. It is always difficult to launch a new exhibition, but because of Exact’s existing relationships with many companies in this industry, we were able to generate what turned out to be a very reputable show. A large number of contracts were confirmed during the three and a half days, and I am sure there will be many more sales in the next few weeks.”

The Riviera’s marketing manager Ubonjitr Thamchop reported they had been busy throughout the show. She said: “The Hilton Pattaya’s ballroom definitely fitted our profile of luxury, and we have already sold an apartment worth Bt12m on the stand. We also have a fair number of excellent leads and we feel confident we can close a few deals shortly. I think this is a very important step for the city to host a top level event to support the property industry and maybe it should happen twice a year.” Great feedback Kingdom Property’s assistant sales manager said: “We were here promoting South Point and received lots of enquiries, great feedback and we expect many of those visitors to come to see us at our on-site showroom.” A+ Properties director Steve Edwards said: “We had a steady flow of buyers onto our stand and it has exceeded our expectations. We saw Russians, Germans, Thai and Korean visitors and most were looking to buy to live in the property. It has been great exposure for us too, being a relatively new company.” Daniel Arie, general manager at Decorum Furniture and Decoration,

The show was formally opened on the first evening by Pattaya’s mayor Khun Itthiphol Kunplome who is pictured on the left alongside Apichart Gulati, project manager for Blue Sky Developer’s Grande Caribbean Condo Resort in Thappraya Road. Completing the trio looking at the Grande Caribbean model is show organiser Mike Bridge from the Exact Trading Company.

said: “I was surprised by the response. Many people who knew our shop, but had never visited us before came over to speak to us, and we even sold a large leather sofa here from our stand.” VIP Real Estate’s Jens Nielsen from Rayong added: “Although we were not overcrowded, it did gave us more time to talk to the visitors, who were serious investors and, in my opinion, definitely keen to buy. Promoting Rayong offered a different option from all the Pattaya real estate, which I believe worked in our favour.” Beach Properties’ David Thomas said: “It has been a pleasure to exhibit at a properly run international style show in Pattaya, and definitely compares well with exhibiting at any international event abroad. We came here with only our luxury houses, as there are some many condominiums on offer. Maybe next time we might introduce some condos too.” Philippe Leysen from Houben Villas said: ‘Because we are from Koh Lanta, we got a lot of positive feedback from visitors and I feel confident that we have at least five serious investors.” The organisers are now considering running the event again in October and also the following February. |

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contents • news

cover story


Matrix build on awards success

Top lady golfers here

57•local events: This month the LPGA Honda event dominates the local entertainment scene with most of world’s top lady golfers taking part. 18•tragedy of


fast & Furious Matrix managing director Miki Haim sets out his plans for

star: We feature

the rest of the year hot on the heels of two major awards

one of Paul Walker’s

successes at a cermony in London.

last interviews in which of


he with

talks his

recently reconciled daughter. It seems especially poigniant following his car crash death.

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Concept of condo/hotels mix is proving popular down Na-Jomtien way.


Meet the entrepreneur/ pilot who turned to building catamarans.

Why many have a

34•Quiz time: Necessity may be the mother of

love/hate relationship

invention but in this issue we ask how much you know

with Pattaya.

about some of the best modern inventors.

The Riviera on an all-time sales high Those who move regularly in local property circles may have heard that confidence in Pattaya’s real estate market is under question due to fears of over-supply combined with the country’s on-going political uncertainty. However, one company – The Riviera Group in Wongamat – is wondering what all the fuss is about. For them high season could not be more aptly named. Riviera Group developer Winston Gale said: “We have so far had an excellent take-up rate of our new

units this high-season. December saw us selling just over Bt440mworth of units. Today, halfway through January, sees us having sold approximately an additional Bt380m.” Clearly Pattaya, or, at least, Riviera, is still enjoying a high season irrespective of negative sentiments that seem to be doing the rounds. We asked about nationalities of the buyers. Winston replied: “We have seen a very broad spectrum of buyers ranging from Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Singaporeans to

Only four months since launch and already The Riviera is 70 per cent sold.

Australians and, of course, Russian.” And the Thai buyers? “Yes, we have sold a great deal to Thais but for today, foreigners are leading the way accounting for about 70 per cent of our sales this high season.” The Bt3.5bn Riviera now stands at a staggering 70 per cent sold in just four months, clearly demonstrating that Pattaya still has a very attractive and active real estate market.

As this magazine was going to press news reached us of the launch of another major high-rise from the Nova Group – North Beach. It will be in Soi 22, Naklua, and all 220 units will enjoy either a bay or ocean view. Units will range in size from 36 sqm one-bedroom apartments up to 231 sqm penthouses.

Early-bird buyers will get a five per cent discount in the tower block which will lie just 50 metres from a private beach yet still close to the city centre. Already more than half of these promotional units have been snapped up with comparatively little marketing effort involved.

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Nova’s newest project also doing well


cover story • dave buckley

Matrix start building on major awards success


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hen you have enjoyed big success in a major competition there must be a strong temptation to capitalise upon it quickly. Or so one would imagine. But the decision-makers at Matrix Group seem to be resisting the temptation – for the time being at least. Late last year they were named “Best Developer – Asia – Gold Award” in awards presented by the OPP (Overseas Property Professionals) magazine. Matrix were also given a silver award in the “Best Global Developer” category. Solid progress No small achievements! Even so, in 2014 they will not rush into launching any more new projects until they know they have made further solid progress on the ones already launched. “I want to show that we don’t feel the need to launch 10,000 new projects,” said Matrix managing

director Miki Haim when I spoke to him in his office at the company’s Pratumnak HQ. Matrix plans to launch the new project after completing more of what they have already promised. Matrix follows their slogan, “We build our Promises”. They also strongly believe that the only way to build trust is to deliver what you promise. “Sure we have more projects in the pipeline,” said Miki pointing to some detailed looking plans on his desk. “We have always come up with innovative designs for our projects.” “And this new project will, again, seize Pattaya property market’s attention.” We both glanced out of the window to the site of The Vision just a few metres up the road from the office. “It’s 55 per cent built,” said Miki. “It is on course to complete as planned late this year or in the first quarter of next. Even with the delay we experienced on gaining the EIA

Above: Progress at Amazon in Jomtien stands at 60 per cent. Right: The skeleton of The Vision is catching up well. Far right: From top down ... the living room and kitchen planned for The Vision; then the same rooms at Amazon.

(Environmental Impact Assessment) approval we are moving on quickly to finish the skeleton and now we are following up on the architectural works.” Miki speaks with much warmth about The Vision. “The view from it will be the most spectacular in Pattaya,” he says. Expensive materials “We will be using expensive materials, many of them imported, to ensure the beauty of the building. It will be a monument to all that’s good and we have more than 30 subcontractors working on site now to ensure we maintain our progress.” Some top units with spectacular sea views in The Vision (from the 17th to the 23rd floors) remain available in foreign ownership. Of other projects he said that Amazon is 60 per cent finished and at City Center the piling is well under way. The Sky at Jomtien will start later this year.|

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star interview  by the interview people / izumi hasegawa  Star of the Fast and Furious series of films Paul Walker died in a car crash late last year (pictured here). In one of his last interviews the action star spoke about his film Hours in which he plays a father who struggles to keep his daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina after his wife dies while giving birth.  Also he talks about Fast and Furious 7, his relationship with his teenage daughter, why he was not a strict dad and trying to maintain the balance between work and family.  It seems especially poignant to read it now...

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One of Fast and Furious star

Walker with his daughter Meadow who had started living with him just a short time before his death.

The Interview People: As a parent, what did you tap into to go through this almost real-time sense of the clock is ticking to save your child’s life as depicted in Hours? Paul Walker: I realised we were probably about two-thirds of the way into the movie and it really hit me what the significance of this project was to me. It was weird the way it happened because I read it just for page value. I was like, wow, it’s pretty powerful. I was upset. I was crying. I was rooting. I was yelling at him. Inside, I was feeling all these emotions. I didn’t realise… I was going, “It’s not about Nolan and a baby and this beautiful girl. This is life.” The machine is just this crazy game that I’ve been running for I don’t know how long. And I’m just spinning it, for what reason? I’m juggling all these balls and I’m just like, “Agh,” and trying to make sense of it. I was like, “Well, wait a minute. I just had a child out of wedlock. Good thing I’m making another movie.” I was going into “Varsity Blues.” I found out just before leaving, I was like, “I can put a roof over my baby’s head, and then I can figure out my stuff.” I’m in this movie and “It speaks to me on just a very pure and truthful level.” But I didn’t realise… I was like, “This is my freakin’ life. This is all of our lives.” You know, we’re running around just doing what and cranking this stupid machine and we get flatbacked, something crazy happens. And you look inside the box and you go, “Holy sh*t.” So I was about

two-thirds into the movie and I realised, I was like, “Oh God, this is so therapeutic.” TIP: How physically taxing was this role? PW: It was a walk in the park (laughs). No, it was fun. It had a good balance -- the physicality and the emotional component. I remember getting to about midday and I’d be like, “Oh man, I’ve got six hours left to go or whatever it was.” But at the end of the day it was just… Let me back up and say, my father was a contractor. He made me work a different trade every summer, going through high school. All his buddies were tradesmen. My dad was like, “Ah, they can never take skill sets away from you. That’s something you’ll always have. So you’ll always be worth something because you’ll always be able to provide a certain service.” Little digital chip He’s smart like that. My grand-father was like that too. But at the end of the day, you can look and go, “Oh, look what I did.” Movies, you don’t have that. The film goes off in a canister and now it’s on a little digital chip. There’s nothing to show for it. You leave and you go, “I went ohh, grrrr, [imitates gun noise], and I said some things and I was trying to be cool (laughs).” But that’s about it. That’s all you have. On this one, at the end of the day, I was like, “Wow, that was heavy. I experienced some stuff today. I felt some things. I was connected with Genesis. I love that girl. Working opposite her, I fell in love with her. It was reinvigorating.

Paul Walker’s last interviews PW: Going into it, a lot of the buildings surrounding the hospital, you could still see the water line because they hadn’t repainted yet. On the inside, if you see a water line, you know darn well that means they took all the sheet rock off the wall because they have to make sure there isn’t any mold. That black mold is nasty. A lot of people are sick down there from it, a lot of builders. It’s kind of like asbestos, the asbestos fibres, what it’s done to all the old A/C guys. All these guys I grew up with, my dad’s buddies, they’re all messed up. That mesothelioma stuff is very real. So when I heard about this black mold and how it was affecting people, I was like, “Oh no. It’s like that mesothelioma all over again.” But so the base of this hospital, same thing. The water level came up almost 12 feet so the bottom level, when you go into work everyday, the reminder is the skeleton of the building.

reaction because I’m proud of the work that I did because I told the truth the whole time. There were only a couple of times where there was a take and I didn’t believe it and I would say to Eric, “I didn’t like that one. I didn’t believe it. I was trying to force something. I was just saying words.” I remember I was talking with my agent Theresa and she’d say, “So how’s it going?” And I’m like, “It’s going really well.” I’m probably about halfway through it and she’s asking, “What’s the experience like?” I said, “I don’t know. I think it’s good. I’m telling the truth the whole time.” People respond I realised as I told her it was kind of scary too. “You know, if people don’t like my performance in this, they just don’t like me because I’m putting it all on the line. It’s who I am.” So at the end of it, for some people to respond to it, I’m like, “Whew, thank God. (laughs) I guess I’m okay.” TIP: How much did it help that this film was shot in chronological order for your performance? PW: Huge. It played a major factor. You were just able to carry it with you from one bit to the next. There’s no “Okay, let’s go back and figure out what’s going on. Wait, I need a reminder. Script supervisor… Brenda, what happened just before this again?” There’s none of that. You’re just running and gunning. TIP: You also shot in United Methodist Hospital which has been shut down since Katrina. How did that help inform your performance physically and emotionally?

From top: Fast and Furious co-stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster and Chris Ludacris.

Best protector TIP: This character’s first moment he was struggling being a parent and then he became the best protector of a daughter. Going back to when your own daughter was born, how was your experience? PW: It was tough. The mom and I weren’t going to be together and I was raised Mormon, went to a Christina high school and I was told mommy and daddy were supposed to be together. And it was a hard one for me. I was so conflicted. And my dad saw it. I was always one of those who felt you get married and it’s forever.

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At the end of the day, I was like, “There might not be anything to show for it, but there’s something to feel for it.” So when it came to getting up in the morning to go to work the next day, I was like, “F*ck, yeah.” (laughs) I was ready to go. TIP: You said this movie is a bit like your life. You have a teenage daughter. Is it difficult to raise her? PW: We’re finding our balance. She just started living with me last year, just when I was leaving to go work on Fast. I’m doing another one now. It’s really kind of tearing at me, to be honest with you, trying to maintain the balance. Unfortunately, we’re filming in Atlanta but I’ve come home every weekend. Two weeks in a row, I came back three times. She just turned 15. It’s a critical time. I’m big with analogies, but I look at her like this rocket ship and she’s like on this launching pad and it’s like I want to get the trajectory right. She’s going to be my daughter and I’m going to be her dad for the rest of our lives. So I want it to be cool. And I sure as hell don’t want to be looking back and go, “F*ck, because you were gone. Like, what if? You should have been home more.” So that’s the noise in my head right now is trying to find the balance. And she’s super supportive and is like, “No, go. This is what you do.” And I’m like, “Yeah, but how significant is it really? It’s kind of trivial. I mean, this is our time together. TIP: Has your daughter seen you in this (Hours)? PW: Yeah, I took her. First time I saw it, I took her. It was cool to watch the

star interview  by the interview people / izumi hasegawa

Above: Walker with Fast and Furious 6 co-stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. No 7 had begun at the time of his death.

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Right: Walker in his last finished film Hours, played the concerned father (below) of a child born prematurely in New Orleans just before the onset of Hurricane Katrina.

And all those things so it wasn’t like, “Oh this is the right thing to do.” I was thinking where I was at. I was into chicks and having fun and I was sleeping with her friends for crying out loud. You know what I mean? I was an animal. And so I want to be there. My heart wants to be in it but the mind just isn’t following it. It was tough. So I felt guilt so I’d come around and do what I could do. What let me off the hook a lot emotionally, I think, was knowing that at least I was providing financially but emotionally I wasn’t there yet because I didn’t even know who the hell I was. And I think that’s what it is. When you have kids young, that’s part of the game. I’m grateful that I had her at 25 and not 20 because at 40 and 15, we’re matching up sweet. It’s just working, it’s so perfect. If I had her at 20, I’d be screwed. She’d be out of the house and I’d be like, “Baby! I thought I had this sh*t figured out!” So it’s working out pretty well. She’s lived with her mom her whole life and she wants to see what dudes are about and what’s going on. She wants a relationship with her pops and it’s working out really well right now. TIP: That’s why she moved? PW: Yeah. She moved do live with me. She lived in Hawaii her whole life. TIP: You’re filming Fast and Furious 7 right now. Do you all feel like family at this point? PW: Yeah, a dysfunctional family! Yeah for sure. I mean we love each other. It was forced. We would have never hung out in life. Tyrese and I would have, Chris and I would have. Chris is one of the coolest people you’ll ever meet. He comes from a really solid family – Ludacris. You’d be really, really impressed by him Impressed me His perspective and just how he sees things. He’s an old soul, he’s wise behind his years but singularly, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who has impressed me more than Ludacris has. And Tyrese is just the sweetest person. He’s like a big kid. I think I’m a Peter Pan but he’s Peter Pan on crack. Vin and I though, we’re just so East Coast meets West Coast. We have different approaches to

life and all that. We found to really respect one another but we were such opposite ends of the spectrum, unbelievable. That’s why we’ve been successful and that’s the reason why it’s worked is because we are so different and I don’t know that we necessarily found a stride together because there’s certain days I still want to crack him in the head, but he looks at me and I know there’s days he wants to crack me in the head too. TIP: Who would win in that fight? PW: Uh. I wouldn’t want to tango! But there’s times where he’ll look at me and he’ll go, “Man I wish I could be more like you.” He’ll say that flat out. And I’ll be thinking “F*cker. I wish I could be more like you!” Most original person And then Jordana, I legitimately love Jordana. We met when we were little kids, you know hanging out on the first one. I think she was only 17 years old, 18. I love her so much. And Michelle and I, man, we’ve been through it all. Michelle’s like the most original person on the planet. You won’t find anybody else like her and she just calls it like it is. She’s just straight up, uncensored all the time. “Be ready!” I love her for that. TIP: Are you a strict dad? PW: No. Because you know the thing of it is, she just has a good sensor. I’m just fortunate, she was just born a good kid. She’s laser focused with school. She wants to go to Columbia University so she’s like, “Dad I gotta join Youth and Government at the YMCA because it looks really good on your college transcripts.” I’m saying, “Wow! Are you my kid? I thought you were mine! Maybe we should go do that DNA test!” She gets that from her mom. She’s just laser focused and just wants to achieve and do really well. TIP: Was it painful for you to watch this movie? It’s pretty intense! PW: You know what? For me, when I watch myself, I just have bullshit meter on the whole time. And I can tell when I’m telling the truth and when I’m in the moment and when I’m not. If I can go through it and the second that I don’t believe myself I hate it. This one, honestly I sat down, I was like, “I told the truth. Whew!” |

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Veranda’s major show of faith in Pattaya Leading resort company plans Bt3bn condo/hotel mix in Na-Jomtien


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eranda, one of the country’s leading specialists in hotel design, have put their flag on a new location as they spread their wings to embrace a new investment with a Bt3bn hotel and condominium project in Na-Jomtien. The move, in effect, signifies a vote of confidence that the hotel and real estate business are still going strong. The project is planned to complete in 2015-2016, and Veranda are positive the response will be as great as ever. Verawat Ongvasith, president of Veranda Resort and Spa, an expert of Thailand’s resort industry, said that the company have been successful with their first Veranda Resort and Spa in Hua Hin where they expanded into Veranda Sky, Thailand’s first luxurious sky Jacuzzi. Later, the company branched out with Veranda Chiang Mai, the High Resort, which has been well received by visitors, as well as the luxury condominium project in Chiang Mai, Veranda High Residence. The inspiration This was followed by Sofitel So, the hotel that combines the five elements – earth, water, wood, metal and fire – as the inspiration for its decoration. This has become a new Bangkok landmark on the corner of North Sathorn and Rama IV. The company’s latest project consists of two parts – Veranda Residence Pattaya and Veranda Resort and Spa Pattaya, worth more than Bt3bn in total, Bt2bn of which is invested in the condominium and the balance in the hotel. The condominium is due to begin construction in the middle of this year and is expected to be completed mid-2016, while the hotel will start building earlier and will be finished around the end of 2015. The reason for choosing Pattaya, according to Khun Verawat, is because the city is in a strategic location with a high growth rate. The city has a variety of destinations for both Thai and international tourists.

Main picture: View of the Veranda project planned for Na-Jomtien overall with (inset) how the facilities will be laid out betweeen the hotel and the beach.

Private beach Highlights of Veranda Residence Pattaya include the private beach, convenient location near to the city centre, and the unique design synonymous with Veranda. The rooms will be fully furnished and beautifully decorated with high quality material. Architects in charge of the project

are the Office of Bangkok Architect (OBA), and the interior design is done by August Design. The landscaping will be by TROP. Since the condo will be right next to the resort its residents will be able to enjoy the resort’s facilities such as restaurants, room service, bar, spa and swimming pool.

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Functional space Veranda Residence Pattaya will be built on four rai, offering 360 units in total, ranging from one- to threebedroom, with functional space from 32-199 sqm. The starting price is from Bt3.3m. The project also offers four pool villas with functional space from 254266 sqm, starting at Bt16m. The president spoke about Veranda overall saying that in the first half of last year, their properties in Hua Hin and Chiang Mai and Sofitel So Bangkok grew steadily, especially Veranda Chiang Mai which grew significantly in the first half. Veranda continue to focus on high quality of service to leave a good impression on the clients, and the quality of design is such that the company’s properties have become favourite places for filming movies and doing fashion shoots. In future, the company will focus on the hotel and resort business.


group is the Veranda fans who love great

including expats, corporate clients, industrial estates, and Thai clients who buy condominiums for their holidays or for leasing.

Decisions on whether to add a real estate element to any project will depend on the individual location. The company are eyeing other holiday destinations such as Phuket because of the high potential and growth rate, given that it attracts a lot of international tourists. Aliwassa Pathanadabutr, managing director of CBRE Thailand, the project’s exclusive sales agent, spoke about the overall picture of the real estate, condominium and resort market in Pattaya saying that the city has grown both in terms of population and residents who call it their second home. Water park A great number of Thai and international tourists still come to Pattaya, she said. New and destinations are constantly added to keep pace with the city’s growth, such as the upcoming Cartoon Network Amazone water theme park which will open this year. These new developments have spurred the growth in the real estate and hotel business in Pattaya, attracting both Thai and international clients. However, the high-end and luxury sector makes only 10.3 per cent of the industry, and it is believed to grow continuously, she concluded. | l If you wish to know more please email or phone 083 008 1122.

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Transportation is also convenient, and with the planned high speed train, it will be even more convenient and the demand for Pattaya will definitely rise, the company feel. The Na-Jomtien area is the ideal choice because it has a private beach, with clean sand that does not get too crowded. Also, it is not far from a wide range of facilities. “We decide to launch the Veranda Residence Pattaya project in the last quarter of 2013 in the high season for the tourism sectors,” said Verawat. “Our VIP pre-sale took place in October at Sofitel So Bangkok, and the mock-up room at the sales gallery in Pattaya has been ready for viewing for a little while now. Our target group is the Veranda fans who love great design, including expats, corporate clients, industrial estates, and Thai clients who buy condominiums for their holidays or for leasing. Their purchasing power is still high.”

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Unsung heroes of bright ideas 1. Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes thought they were creating a new kind of wallpaper in 1957 when they sealed two shower curtains together, trapping air bubbles inside. But it wasn’t until a year later that they discovered its modern day use. 2. Mechanic Walter Hunt decided to invent something new to pay off a $15 debt. Hunt subsequently sold the patent for his wire device, pocketing $400 for it in 1849. 3. Percy Shaw used the tram lines in Halifax, Yorkshire to find his way at night. So when they were ripped up he invented this navigation aid. 4. Elias Howe’s 1851 patent for an ‘automatic, continuous clothing closure’ followed soon after his invention of the sewing machine.

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5. On an alpine hunting trip, Swiss engineer George de Mestral became intrigued by how the burrs – or seeds – of burdock clung to his clothes. It led to him inventing this practical product. 6. In 1596, Sir John Harington described the forerunner of this contraption in A New Discourse of a Stale Subject, Called the Metamorphosis of Ajax, but Queen Elizabeth I refused to use hers because it was too noisy.

They were responsible for inventing many of the simple devices that we now take for granted, but few even know their names. Can you guess which objects stem from their bright ideas? Answers to our quiz questions appear on Page 72.

7. Cutlery maker Robert Yeates invented this labour-saving device in 1855, which avoided the need to ‘cut round the top near the outer edge with a chisel and hammer’ as earlier instructions had stated. 8. William Painter founded the Crown Cork and Seal Company on the back of his 1891 invention. Crown Holdings has since produced billions of his simple device. 9. Machinist Steven Porter took the drawings of his boss, King Camp Gillette, and produced a product which spelled the end of a hitherto once-in-a-lifetime purchase that was handed down from fathers to sons. 10. Around 1560, following the discovery of an enormous deposit of graphite in Cumbria, Italians Simonio and Lyndiana Bernacotti hollowed out a stick of juniper wood and unwittingly created the first modern-day office essential.

Now test your memory of 2013: 11. Which religious leader was given a 1984 Renault 4 as a gift in September? 12. Blaming a lack of rehearsal time, Beyoncé (above right) admitted miming the US National Anthem at which 2013 event? 13. A huge egg (above centre) fetched £66,675 at auction in March. Which extinct bird is it from? 14. A ‘submarine’ Lotus Esprit was auctioned for £616,000 in 2013. Which film did it feature in and who starred in the film? 15. A London skyscraper nicknamed the Walkie-Talkie (above left) has been blamed for causing what phenomenon? 16. 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the first ever mobile phone call, made by Motorola senior engineer Martin Cooper (left) to whom? 17. Standing 7ft 3ins and weighing 245lbs, Giant George has died. Who or what was Giant George? 18. Russian daredevil Valery Rozov successfully carried out the world’s highest base jump in May. What famous landmark did he jump off?

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onny Souvannavong has an interesting analogy for his latest venture – he says he feels like the guy who got involved in a goldrush and realised there was money to be made selling shovels! Actually he is building catamarans with hardly a shovel in sight, but the analogy merits a little explanation. Over to entrepreneur Sonny. “A friend had drawn my attention to the market for transporting tourists to the islands around Pattaya,” he said.. “He was convinced there was good money to be made from this. “Personally, I was not so sure. I’m a big fan of flying and, at the time he spoke to me, planes – not catamarans – were my passion.” Dig deeper But Sonny trusted his friend’s judgement so he decided to dig a little deeper if you’ll pardon the continued use of the shovel analogy. “I went down to Ocean Marina a few times to watch the number of people getting on boats and catamarans for some island hopping. I saw that, by and large, these charters were pretty full. So then I started going down there every day and the picture didn’t change,” he added.

Although Sonny wouldn’t describe what he saw as akin to finding a ‘goldmine’ his observations did leave him with the strong feeling that there was money to be had from organising these trips. His interest was aroused so he crunched some numbers and liked what he saw. He began investigating how he might take his interest further. Then the problem surfaced. He was going to find it a struggle to find the right tools (the shovel, if you like) to do the job. He needed a catamaran or two – and they were in short supply. “I investigated buying from abroad. Some of the main boat-makers are to be found in places such as the US, Britain and Poland. But all have Western-style workforce costs and the additional outlay of getting the boats to Thailand meant that prices were prohibitive,” he said. Also, even if the prices had been acceptable, the question of time came significantly into the equation. Sonny continued: “I realised that were I to sign on the dotted line the time taken to finalise the design and then build it would have meant waiting the best part of two years for a catamaran to be delivered.” No entrepreneur worth his salt

go down build-it-yourself route Greater control He felt he needed to take greater control of the situation. The type of control you get from performing tasks yourself. “I decided to look at building the catamarans myself,” he said. “There is no shortage of good, experienced – and comparatively inexpensive – labour here in Thailand.” So the self-build route was checked out and Sonny was happy with the numbers he produced both in terms of costs and timings. The result is that in a few months’ time he will launch his first catamaran – a Silver Princess Yacht – and start to see if his business hunches about boat chartering will pay off. Whatever the charter outcome it seems Sonny’s continued interest in boat building seems assured. “We exhibited at the recent boat show at Ocean Marina and gained lots of interest from both business

I realised that were I to sign on the dotted line the time taken to finalise the design and then build it would have meant waiting the best part of two years for the catamaran to be delivered.

and private buyers,” he said. “I believe there is a market for our charter scheme to work as franchises. I will operate the Pattaya business but am very open to approaches from those who might seek to set up franchises in other parts of Thailand or in neighbouring countries where tourism is flourishing, such as in Vietnam, for example.” Sonny’s company will produce three catamaran types at his factory near Bang Saray. They are extruded from moulds and take about eight months to complete each one. “We expect to produce three a year but if the demand is there we won’t ignore it,” he said. The difference in the boat types will mainly be found in the way the interiors will be presented. Some will be decked out in a fairly basic manner while others for the private market will have every luxury including top of the range kitchens and chandeliers on the ceiling where required. A basic model suitable for ferrying island-hoppers in comfort will retail around the Bt15m mark. Sonny produced some quick numbers on his calculator and showed me why it should be possible for a buyer to recoup his outlay in the first year of operation.

“These boats are very inexpensive to run compared to, say, a plane,” said Sonny. “They burn next to no fuel and because they are not made out of wood the maintenance costs are negligible. Wooden hulled boats really ought to be lifted out of the water every night. That’s not necessary given how the Silver Princesses are put together.” Laos-born Sonny grew up in America and now has a home close to Phoenix Golf Course just outside Pattaya. He is in every sense a citizen of the world and seems to be forever on the move, often piloting himself from the airpark close to his home. But has he abandoned flying his planes (he has two) in favour of pottering around on boats? Many similarities “No I still love planes and, strange though it may seem at first glance, I see many similarities in the way they are put together. But, yes, the more I study catamarans and the history of boat-building, the more keen I become on them,” he said. | l If you would like to discover more about the Silver Princess Yachts you can email sonny@silver-princess .com or or call +66(0)81 900 4329. Dave Buckley

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could accept a situation where he has identified what he feels is a profit opportunity and then wait for two years before he can hope to gain from it. “I’m convinced the demand is here now. Who can say what the situation will be in a few years’ time?” he added. “The wait was unacceptable.”

special report • dave buckley

Terrorism? Don’t get complacent

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errorist attacks? They’re things that happen in other countries, aren’t they? Not so. They happen here –mainly in Thailand’s deep south. But could they easily spread to other areas of the country? And, if they did, how prepared is your business to deal with the threat and the problems that would certainly result? Thailand-based security experts, Defence International Security Services (DISS), have produced a checklist of considerations business owners may wish to take on board. DISS managing director Joe Cox said: “Let’s keep this in context. We at DISS have no wish to be viewed as scare-mongers. But, by the same token, in the Global Terrorism Index issued by the Institute for Economics and Peace Thailand ranks No 8 in a league table no country wants to head. So we feel this is a topic that should not be ignored. “Do we know for certain attacks will escalate soon? We’re not saying that. But if they were to then those who have read and acted upon our checklist may be better placed to keep their businesses running and their staff safe.” Basically DISS are trying to encourage business owners to carry out their own risk assessment. They suggest that you ask yourself the following questions: l What is the current security climate like? l Is there anything about my organisation, building or staff that might attract terrorist attack? l Are we associated with highprofile individuals or organisations that might be terrorist targets? l Could we suffer collateral damage from an attack on a high-risk neighbour? l Do we have anything terrorists might want to further their aims, for example materials, plans, technical expertise or access to other premises that might be targets? Having answered these questions then decide what needs protecting and identify vulnerabilities. Priorities for protection should fall under the following categories:

people you recruit or on your contract personnel? Are your staff members security conscious?

l People (staff, visitors, contractors, customers). l Physical assets (buildings, contents, equipment, plans and sensitive materials) l Information (electronic and paper data) l Processes (supply chains, critical procedures) – the actual operational process and essential services required to support it. You know what is important to you and your business. You probably already have plans in place for dealing with fire and crime, procedures for assessing the integrity of those you employ, protection from IT viruses and hackers, and measures to secure parts of the premises. Review your plans on a regular basis and if you think you are at greater risk of terrorist attack – perhaps because of the nature of your business or the location of your premises – then consider what others could find out about your vulnerabilities, such as: l Information about you that is publicly available, e.g. on the internet or in public documents. l Anything that identifies installations or services vital to the continuation of the business. l Any prestige targets that may be attractive to terrorists, regardless of whether their loss would result in business collapse. Consider whether there is an aspect of your business or activities that terrorists might want to exploit to aid their work. If there is, how stringent are your checks on the

If attacks were to escalate then those who have read and acted upon our checklist may be better placed to keep their businesses running and their staff safe.

Identify measures to reduce risk An integrated approach to security is essential. This involves thinking about physical security, information security and personnel security (i.e. good recruitment and employment practices). There is little point investing in costly physical security measures if they can be easily undermined by a disaffected member of staff or by a lax recruitment process. Many of the security precautions typically used to deter criminals are also effective against terrorists. So before you invest in additional security measures, review what you already have in place. If you need to introduce additional security measures, then make them more cost-effective by careful planning wherever possible. Introduce new equipment or procedures in conjunction with building work. In multi-occupancy buildings, shopping centres, high streets or business parks, try to agree communal security arrangements. Even if your neighbours are not concerned about terrorist attacks, they will be concerned about general crime and your security measures will help protect against crime as well as terrorism. Review your security measures and drills You should conduct regular reviews and rehearsals of your security plans. This will help to ensure that they remain workable and up to date. You should be aware of the need to modify them to take account of any changes in your business. For instance, new building work, changes to personnel or revised health and safety procedures could have an impact on your plans. Make sure your staff understand and accept the need for security measures. Security should be seen as a common responsibility and not just something for security professionals. Make it easy for staff to raise concerns or report observations. |

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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.

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esearch by Cardiff University’s Common Cold Centre suggests that extracts from Echinacea purpurea can reduce the number of colds suffered by people with a weak immune system or prone to recurrent infections. The Echinacea extract was made by the pharmaceutical company A Vogel. Dr Jen Tan, medical director there, said: “It’s promising to find that echinacea cuts the risk of catching a cold and helps reduce sufferers’ pain relief requirements, making it a safer alternative to relieve cold and flu symptoms.” (But of course she would say that, wouldn’t she!) Now, one of my doubts about ‘alternative’ medicine has been the lack of properly controlled clinical trials. However this was not a large trial with only 755 volunteers, and since it was comparing those who received the herb, against those who got a dummy pill, this means that only around 375 received the active ingredient. This is not a very large number statistically. So even though the study looked promising, it is a long way short of clinical “proof”.

This (375) is not a very large number statistically. So even though the study looked promising, it is a long way short of clinical “proof”.

The people who ran the study said that it was the “largest clinical trial ever conducted”, but if 755 people is the “largest”, it is not good enough for me. I like to see statistical research done on tens of thousands of volunteers, and preferably from more than one country. And to show that I do have grounds to be a doubting Thomas, a brief search of the literature turns up the following: Echinacea is also used against many other infections including the flu, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections (septicemia), gum disease, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, and diphtheria. Chronic fatigue Other uses not related to infection include chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), rheumatism, migraines, acid indigestion, pain, dizziness, rattlesnake bites, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sometimes people apply echinacea to their skin to treat boils, abscesses, skin wounds, ulcers, burns, eczema, psoriasis, UV radiation skin damage, herpes simplex, bee stings, and hemorrhoids.

Honestly I know of no pharmaceutical compound with that spread of efficacy. Come on, do you really expect me to believe that this one herb is able to treat genital herpes, rattlesnake bites, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ADHD (and a host of other conditions as well). However, Echinacea does have some effects you don’t want. When taken by mouth, echinacea usually does not cause side effects, but however, some people experience allergic reactions, including rashes, increased asthma, and anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction). In clinical trials, gastrointestinal side effects were most common. People are more likely to experience allergic reactions to Echinacea if they are allergic to related plants in the daisy family, which includes ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies. Also, people with asthma or atopy (a genetic tendency toward allergic reactions) may be more likely to have an allergic reaction when taking echinacea. So there you are. Take care when self-administering Echinacea. It may do some good, but has the potential to do the opposite. |

motoring • dr iain corness

Very close racing in the Classic category.

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he dates for the Nitto 3K series at the Bira circuit have been released, so diaries open and pencils sharpened. They are shown alongside. The Nitto 3K events generally have practice and qualifying on the Saturday and the races on the Sunday. Full fields with some very close racing with many categories represented including 2 liter sedans, 1.5 liter sedans, “classic” (pre 1985 manufactured) cars, pick-ups and even Daihatsu Miras. The best viewing point at Bira is after the hairpin at the end of the straight. To get there, come into the circuit by the pit entrance which is about 50 metres before the main entrance on Highway 36. Go through the tunnel under the track and turn immediately right and you can drive up to the viewing area. Other series at Bira include the Pro Racing Series and the Thailand Super Series and the Vattana OMP series. Dates for these are not finalised yet.

The dates for the Nitto 3K series at the Bira circuit : March 8/9 May 24/25 August 2/3 September 6/7 November 8/9 December 20/21

The new F1 regulations The 2014 season will see the introduction of a new engine formula, with the return of turbocharged engines for the first time since 1988. The new engines will be a 1.6 litre V6 format with an 8-speed semi automatic gearbox. The rules dictate that the engines will be limited to 15,000 rpm. Individual engine units under the 2014 specifications must last for at least 4,000 km before being replaced, in comparison to the pre2014 engines, which were required to last for just 2,000 km. Saving energy The Kinetic Energy Recovery System will be incorporated into the design of the engine and its usage increased; its function as a supplementary power source will be taken by the introduction of the heat-based Energy Recovery System (ERS). The ERS unit captures waste heat as it is dispelled from the exhaust turbocharger, using an electrical device known as a Heat Motor

Generator Unit. This waste heat is stored as an electrical charge until it is utilized by a complementary system called the Kinetic Motor Generator Unit. This device is connected directly to the drive train to deliver the additional power in the most direct and efficient way. This will give drivers an additional 161 bhp (120 kW) for thirty-three seconds per lap, compared to the KERS units used prior to 2014, which gave drivers 80 bhp (60 kW) for six seconds per lap. Drivers will only be able to use five engines over the course of a season in 2014, down from eight in 2013. Drivers who use a sixth engine will start the race from pit lane, as opposed to the ten-place grid penalty handed down for going over the engine quota in previous season. In the event that individual elements of the engine unit — including the turbocharger, ERS unit or KERS battery — are replaced, drivers will incur a 10-place grid penalty. Let us see what designer Adrian Newey can do with the 2014 Red Bull!

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Youngest winner Twenty-five year old Inbee Park has won four major championships in her career, including three consecutive major wins during the 2013 season, becoming only the fourth LPGA Tour player to win three majors in a calendar year. She is the youngest player to win the US Women’s Open. Among others set to take part in the tournament are 2011 and 2012 winner Yani Tseng from Taiwan, 2010 winner Ai Miyazato of Japan and the inaugural Honda LPGA winner and now world No 2, Suzann Pettersen of Norway, who lifted the trophy at Amata Spring, Chon Buri, in 2007. For those who can’t make it to the course the tournament will be broadcast extensively on Thai television Channel 7, one of the cosponsors of the event. Honda has launched a Thai fashion design contest in conjunction with the tournament with the winning entries being shown at a fashion show at the Honda LPGA Charity Night. The event will also feature an

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auction of famous golf collectables with all proceeds going to the Queen’s Silapacheep Foundation. Entry to the first two rounds of the Honda LPGA will cost Bt300 per day. Admission price for the third day is Bt400 and the final day Bt500. A four-day pass costs Bt800, although admission for over-60s and under-18s is free on production of a passport or ID card.

Tickets are available from www., by phone from 022 623 456 or from major Cineplex outlets, Thai Post and Tesco Lotus. Around 7,000 Thai and foreign bikers and up to 200,000 visitors are expected to descend on Pattaya on February 14 and 15 for local events associated with Burapa Bike Week. Most of the action will be centred on the Indoor Sports Arena in Soi Chayapreuk which will open its doors at 10am for a full programme of entertainment. Returning for Burapa Bike Week for the third time in four years are The Fryed Brothers Band from California who, over the past 25 years, have carved out a reputation as the best biker band in the world.

 World No 1 Inbee Park (right) and No 2 Suzanna Pettersen will compete for the Honda title. The tournament features the top 60 players in the world.  Around 7,000 bikers are set to descend on Pattaya when the Burapa Bike Week arrives in town on February 14.

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orld No 1 Inbee Park from South Korea will head a 72-strong field of women golfers, including the top 60 on the 2014 LPGA Priority List, when the richest annual sporting event on the Eastern Seaboard, the US$1.5 million Honda LPGA Thailand, gets under way at the Siam Country Club Old Course on February 20. This will be the eighth staging of the event and the seventh hosted by Siam Country Club. The 72-hold stroke play tournament will be played over four days with no cut in the field. In addition to the Bt46m in prizemoney on offer, a new Honda Accord 2.4EL worth Bt1.66m will be the reward for a hole-in-one on the par three 16th.

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 The world’s leading biker band, the Fryed Brothers from California, will return on February 14-15 to perform at the Pattaya stopover of Burapa Bike Week. I understand they will perform in concert at Silverlake. Burapa Pattaya Bike Week now attracts bikers from more than 25 countries who pay up to US$7,000 for the privilege of taking part. They make a 2,000-kilometre journey in convoy from Singapore to Pattaya then back down south to Kuala Lumpur. The trek includes overnight stops at Butterworth, Surat Thani, Hua Hin and Kanchanaburi on the way to Pattaya and at Hua Hin, Surat Thani and Songkhla on the way back to Kuala Lumpur. The three-day Money Expo Pattaya at the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) starts on February 7 with more than 30 Thai banks, financial institutions and corporations on hand to dispense financial advice and products. Organised by Money & Banking Magazine, Money Expo is the biggest finance and investment event in Thailand and provides convenient access to financial services and funding sources and investment services from banks, financial institutions, the Stock Exchange of Thailand, securities firms, asset management companies, gold trading firms, gold futures brokers, and life and non-life insurance companies. Money Expo is open from 12 noon to 8pm on February 7 and from 10.30am to 8pm on February 8 and 9. Silverlake Vineyard becomes the

Glastonbury of the Eastern Seaboard for a day on March 1 when it stages the Silverlake Music Festival from mid-day until 2am the following day. Last year 12,000 attended the event. Three stages will feature performances from a number of international bands playing a wide range of music, including rock, pop, rap, reggae, folk and dance. Topping the bill will be American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, a Grammy Award-winning unit which has had nine major studio releases. Support bands They will be supported by The Hives (Sweden), Foals (UK), The Used, Taking Back Sunday and Rebelution (all USA). Thai artists taking part include Singto Namchoke, Blackheat, ETC, Scrubb, Slot Machine, Musketeers and Better Weather. Tickets for the Silverlake Music Festival cost Bt2,500 each and are available from Thai Ticket Major outlets (details above). Staying on the music theme, Canadian pop-punk singer Avril Lavigne will be in concert at the Impact Arena, Bangkok on February 11. Since her professional debut in 2002 she has sold more than 30 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide. It will be her first concert in Thailand since 2005. Tickets are available at various prices from Bt1,000 to Bt4,500 and

are available from Thai Ticket Major outlets. And here’s an advance notice for all you rock guitar fans – the great Eric ‘Slowhand’ Clapton will be in town on March 2, also performing at the Impact Arena. Clapton, ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’, is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets – if you can get them – cost from Bt1,000 to Bt6,000 from Thai Ticket Major. With St Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the Holiday Inn Pattaya will be offering an exclusive five-course Valentine’s set menu at Bt4,999 per couple. Each course will be served with fine wine selected to complement the meal. For reservations call 038 725 555. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is also likely to be staging yet another marathon Valentine kissing contest at Royal Garden Plaza starting at 5am on February 13. Nine couples

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 Canadian pop-punk singer Avril Lavigne is in concert at the Impact Arena, Bangkok on February 11.

entered last year’s competition with Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat smashing the Guinness world record with a kiss lasting 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. The local sporting scene sees the first round of the Thailand Kart Championship take place at Bira kart track on February 9. Highlight of the month on the main circuit will be a speed drag on February 15. Out at Horseshoe Point, the Thai Polo Club is gearing up for three days of competition for the Chinese New Year Cup from February 6-9 and club chukkas on February 15 and 16.

The annual Silverlake Music Festival features a host of international bands led by US industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails.

Cricket matches Horseshoe Point will also see three one-day cricket matches with

 PEACH, Thailand’s best exhibition and convention venue outside Bangkok, will play host to the annual Money Expo Pattaya from February 7-9.

Pattaya Cricket Club in league action against Indorama on February 2 and Southerners on February 9. Both games start at 11am. Pattaya will play British Club in a friendly at Horseshoe Point on February 16 while they will also send a team to the Thailand Cricket Ground the same day to play the Thai national women’s team starting a 1pm Pattaya CC will tour Chiang Mai on February 22 and 23. Finally, offshore, a busy month for the yachtsmen of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club sees the catamarans in action on February 1-2 in the Catamaran Clean Water Challenge while they will be joined by the dinghy sailors for the New Olympic Series Final on February 8-9 and the Hyland Challenge Trophy on February 15-16. This will also double as the Catamaran Championships. Dinghies and juniors will compete in the Laser Nationals on February 22-23 in which the juniors will also compete for the Future Cup. | 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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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

Pattaya – Love it … Hate it

The pros and cons of life in Fun City


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attaya, ya either love it or ya hate it… how many times have you heard someone make that statement? Last week I was eavesdropping in a pub (as I am known to do) and saw a woman point to her husband and say, “We have a love-hate relationship with Pattaya”, and I thought to myself … “That’s not the same thing as love it or hate it now is it?” “Love it or hate it” is quite a polarising statement, like something George W Bush would say. “A lovehate relationship” is intriguingly more complicated and in my opinion … more accurate. It doesn’t matter if you’re a long-time expatriate like me, or a first time visitor; you love this kooky place and hate it, sometimes in alternating bouts … sometimes at exactly the same time.

Recently, I’ve been reading several books and articles about Buddhism, so I’m all enamored with the idea of being more “mindful”. As I meander through a day in Pattaya paying attention to minute details as well as “the big picture”, this lovehate thing is revealed to me with great illustration. Something as simple and universally understood as the weather is a gold star in Pattaya’s report card and a “love it” moment. Last week I woke at 4am to watch the NFL play-offs from the US. The first game was played on “the frozen tundra” of Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The temperature was something ridiculous like -26° Celsius with the wind-chill factor. Watching the bundled up players breathe steam and run up and down a frozen brown field gave me

In my humble opinion, anytime you find the need to use the words ‘wind chill factor’ in normal daily conversation, you are in the wrong place.

the shivers. In my humble opinion, anytime you find the need to use the words “wind chill factor” in normal daily conversation, you are in the wrong place. Later I watched a game from the East Coast where they were playing in slightly better conditions at 0° with a precipitation described as “somewhere between rain and snow”. The next day on the west coast, the Seattle Seahawks played in a cold rainstorm being blown horizontal by the gale force winds. Where you are not When I flipped to CNN the weather guy was telling me most of Europe was experiencing the coldest ever recorded temperatures. And, in Australia it is 45° Celsius and half of Perth is on fire; Maria Sharapova is melting on Centre Court at the Aussie Open. Sitting on my balcony sipping coffee I had a mini-revelation. Sometimes where you “are” is not as important as “where you are not”. Then I went for a swim in the 28° sunshine and dried off in the shade of a palm tree, feeling the sea breeze on my skin. Where I “am” is Pattaya, Thailand. Historically February is a one of the nicest months of the year for Pattaya. During the day, temperatures will reach highs of 30°C (86 F). At night the average minimum temperature drops to about 24 °C (75 F). January has the lowest average minimum temperature at 22°C,

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while April and May post the highest at 33°C. We do have a rainy season here that usually starts ramping up mid-August and rolls on as late as November. The lowest average rain month is January with only one wet day. The month with the highest average rain days is September with 14. February averages nine hours of sunshine per day, meaning the number of hours in the daytime that the sun is visible and not obscured by cloud. I challenge you all … go to www. and compare to your home town. I’m from Orlando, Florida (the vacation capital of the world) and Pattaya is still nicer. No tornados, no hurricanes, no lightening deaths. Even within Thailand, Pattaya’s weather is clearly the best. Phuket is too affected by the monsoon season (trust me; I spent three low-seasons there). Chiang Mai has those awful two months in the haze from farmers burning their fields. Bangkok can be suffocating. With all that sea breeze and sunshine, Pattaya is easy to love. So, with weather that nice, how could a person be negative about anything? It’s easy; get in a car and try to go somewhere during high season. Pattayans are victims of Pattaya’s success. Back when Pattaya was a five-hour ordeal

I know it’s sacrilege to even whisper the words “I hate high season”, but high season certainly makes me … at the very least … ‘disenchanted’ with Pattaya.

from Bangkok, one could actually get in one’s car and get to one’s destination in relatively short order and unimpeded by other vehicles. Nowadays I find myself packing in provisions so I don’t have to venture out too much. I’ve even changed from shopping at a food store in Central Pattaya to a local Thai market because I don’t want to sit in a two-hour creeping mass of vehicles on Sukhumvit Road. Water balloon People pouring in from Bangkok on the weekends, double-decker busloads of Chinese tourists and the hourly arrival of flights from Russia fill this city up like an ever expanding water balloon. We’ve got enough roads; we’ve just got too many people who love Pattaya. And it’s not just a few select “hot spots” or “bottle necks”; it’s all over the region. In years past I sighed in relief once I’d gotten as far south as Na-Jomtien. Now some of the biggest traffic snarls are in front of the Floating Market and the Mimosa attractions. There is simply no escaping the traffic and the more roads they build, the more people come. The effect of such an influx of humanity goes far beyond annoyance in a vehicle. Those of us who live here have our personal routines rudely interrupted. I set off on what I thought would be an errand-filled afternoon with

“manicure-pedicure-haircut” and “car wash” on my list. I ran half a tank of gas out of my car, sat in traffic two hours and still didn’t complete either task. The salon I’ve patronised for six years was so full of tourists getting spiffed up that I couldn’t even get on a waiting list. During low season I’m oh-so-pampered and the staff descends on me like a Schumacher pit crew. In mid-January I’m just another guy who thought he could show up without an appointment. Car washed? Forget it! During low season I drop off my car, enjoy a cup of coffee and peruse the Bangkok Post. They tell me it’ll take one hour, but I know it will be 45 minutes. Four hours was as close as I came to getting my car washed on Saturday. Too many people … too many dirty cars! I know it’s sacrilege to even whisper the words “I hate high season”, but high season certainly makes me … at the very least … “disenchanted” with Pattaya. A perfect day But what are we talking about here? Weather and traffic … really? Let’s be serious about this love-hate thing shall we? The thing I love most about Pattaya is how easy it is for a foreigner to live here. Rents and prices for places to live are cheap relative to Bangkok, Phuket and any other comparable resort city

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in Southeast Asia. Bangkok is close; infrastructure is good and getting better. We are blessed with great food, shopping and legendary entertainment options both indoors and out. We even have, in my opinion, the friendliest and most efficient immigration office in Thailand. Again, practicing my mindfulness, I revealed to myself just how easy it is to have a perfect day here on the Chonburi Coast. Last week I had an honest-togoodness date with a young Thai lady I’ve been romancing for some time. She only gets one day per week off work so I’ve got to make every moment count. We cruised out of town heading south against the traffic to the sleepy little village of Bang Saray. Bang Saray isn’t so sleepy anymore and I noticed several new businesses including the coffee shop we popped into for breakfast. This place is in an idyllic stage of development. My girl and I sat outside, enjoyed outstanding gourmet coffee and a very well-executed continental breakfast. Later in the morning we parked under the palm trees at a completely deserted Bang Saray Beach. Digging our toes into the cool golden sand we leaned against the rocks and drank coconut water. There’s just something about a coconut with a straw sticking out

Digging our toes into the cool golden sand we leaned against the rocks and drank coconut water.

that turns me on.We marveled at the crystal clear view we had of Jomtien and Pattaya across the bay. My date had never been to these southern Chonburi beaches before, so we did a tour. We had a beer and toured the Ban Amphur Seafood District. We stopped in Na Jomtien at The View restaurant, ate raw oysters and curry crab while watching an instructor at the wind-surfing school conduct a kite-boarding class. We bought a great bottle of wine in Jomtien on the way home. We swam in the pool at my condo until we burned off all that seafood. We ate the best pizza in Thailand at a little shop-house Italian joint in Jomtien Beach and then played pool in a cool English pub until late. Not Utopia It was the easiest date I’ve been on in 53 years. We ate, we drank, we enjoyed nature, we met cool people and we had a lot of fun. It’s the kind of day that will make you love Pattaya. Some would say that having this kind of day is like living in paradise; which brings me to the dark side of this phenomenon. It is paradise, but it’s not Utopia. My editor asks that I write these articles at least partially about real estate, so here goes. One thing that truly disturbs me about Pattaya is how “economical with the truth” some people in real estate can be. Example “we are more than 50 per

cent sold” could easily be true. But they leave out the fact that actually one guy bought 45 per cent. Not a lie but, as I say, but it’s not exactly giving the whole picture. Even a half-ass salesman can sell paradise. Pattaya sells itself. Let a guy from Oslo sit on the beach eating shrimp under an umbrella while he gets his feet rubbed and he’s practically in the boat. The agent who sold my last condo was clearly instructed by me to “relax and don’t #&%* this up”. To his credit, he let the place sell itself and set himself to promptly attending the paperwork and collecting the money. This situation creates an imbalance in the seller-to-foreign buyer relationship. Visitors arrive with pre-conceived visions of paradise and they are met by marketers and salesmen who feed those fantasies. I met a Russian who said he had come to Pattaya with money to buy a condo entirely because of a video he had seen at a property show in Moscow. “I saw pictures of bikini girls on the beach,” he said. “Then I walked out under grey skies and a metre of snow … it’s just not fair my friend”. Sold before he even landed, he bought the first place he saw. In January Pattaya held its first ever Property Show at the Hilton Hotel in Pattaya Beach. I tried to attend, but was stuck in traffic for 90 minutes on Second Road and

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declined to get in the queue for the parking garage. I monitored the show on one of the local radio stations broadcasting from there. Listening to all the new property advertising spots sponsoring the coverage of the Property Show gave me a chuckle. One project featured voiceover from a lad with a severe English accent telling me how “stunning” the project was. It was a stunning design on a stunning piece of property with a stunning view. (For Americans it’s “amazing” and “awesome” … with the English it’s “massive” and “stunning”) I was stunned because I know this project is a pretty bland design and requires buying on quite a high floor to see anything. But if you didn’t know you’d think, “I have to go see this stunning project!” Big names Even worse were the interviews with some Pattaya’s big names in real estate. I listened to the interviewer pitch them soft questions giving them a chance to plug whatever their project du jour was. “Thirty-nine metres, well that’s quite big isn’t it?” Oh please! One well-known developer was asked something like “What is your hottest selling property right now?” The interviewee gave the name of a villa project that “only had five units left”. He said it as if they were going like hotcakes. He said it with convincing urgency in his voice. The truth is, this represents about 40 per cent of the project and they have been on the market for well over four years. Is it me or is that being economical with the truth? An unsuspecting newcomer hears this and thinks, “this guy is an expert and I’ve got to get down there before they’re all gone”. This, of course, is the desired result. One of Pattaya’s most wellknown property pundits was asked to take the temperature of the market to which he replied: “Good properties will always sell” - a Clintonesque sidestep if I’ve ever heard one and I do not entirely agree. I know of a lot of good properties that aren’t selling and some sub-standard ones that are. What foreign buyers need to

The truth is, this represents about 40 per cent of the project and they have been on the market for well over four years. Is it me or is that being economical with the truth?

remember is the real estate equation and process as practiced here in Thailand takes the responsibility for due diligence and disclosure away from the sales agent and places it squarely on the buyer. There is no impartial Multi-Listing Service (MLS) like there is in more developed countries. Learning about the value of comparable properties is difficult, although the companies conducting valuations for Thai banks seem to have all this information. Not all developers have a history of success. Not all projects are as “sold” as they proclaim. And more than a few projects will not be completed as projected or planned. Like I said, it is paradise but it’s not Utopia. It’s not a case of “buyer beware” it’s “buyer be smart”. There are some gung-ho property crusaders out there trying to form some sort of order from the anarchy. Real Estate Brokers Association – Eastern Seaboard (REBA-ES) has made a push for more honesty and transparency in transactions. Recently a bunch of REBA-ES folk went through all the training and testing to be awarded Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) status. If I had to name the top five straight-shooters in the property game here in Pattaya, all of them are REBA-ES members.

Pet peeve So, this particular pet peeve is not mine alone. Apparently there are quite a few people in town who think it is possible to conduct property business here in a transparent and equitable manner. If you don’t have time or energy to do a bunch of legwork and CSItype investigation, choose a REBAES agent. At the very least, they think it’s important to tell you the whole story. So, let’s review: Love the weather … hate the traffic; love the lifestyle … hate the hype. The negatives are symptoms of the positives. The weather and lifestyle are paradise, so people come in droves. People want to stay, people want to buy, people want to sell, and someone will always want to tell you how “stunning” their project is. We really do have to take the good with the bad I suppose. Like I said earlier, it is best to adopt a Thai attitude to cope with this place. Sometimes the by-product downside facets of living in Thailand show me their ugly faces and I find myself (as the Thais say) “thinking too much”. When that happens I just regain my “mindful” focus, feel the sea breeze on my skin and say, “Man, how about this weather!” |

special report • dave buckley

The centre of attention

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n a recent interview Heights Holdings’ VP Corporate Strategy Oliver Nabarro drew special attention to the fact that the latest offering from the company – The Arcadia project – is the biggest inner city resort currently on offer. There are others that are bigger in Jomtien, especially HH’s own The Maldives development, but Arcadia takes top spot for size and amenity when you consider proximity to the city itself and the beaches. Arcadia will comprise four buildings of eight storeys all spaced out widely around a central fivestorey beach club as is seen above. Referring to the beach club Oliver said: “No other development can offer this in the same way that we can. The Arcadia beach club has a rooftop club and bar which is a perfect place to enjoy the early evening before you go out on the town. “Beneath that we have a variety of other things such as sauna, gymnasium, healthcare spa and restaurant. And underneath again is a large shopping arcade and parking.” All of the above combine to provide a resort where you don’t

really need to leave home, according to Oliver. But, of course, with all the best that the city has to offer so close to hand it is expected that residents will enjoy the best of both worlds. Oliver commented on the distance of approximately 75 metres between the buildings, emphasising that, unlike some competitors, HH will not try to cram in extra or larger buildings in pursuit of more profit. The concept of a fun and spacious resort similar to HH’s offerings at the Maldives and in Laguna Beach Resort I and II is the guiding principle at Arcadia, he said. Simple room sizes Units will be “nice and simple” within Arcadia with multiples of 25sqm apartment sizes forming the basis. There will be 25sqm furnished one-bedroom units and with families in mind two of these units can be combined to form a 50sqm two-bedroom. There are also other 49sqm dedicated two-bedroom designs which are “only slightly different”. The standard of complementary furniture will be very high. “The interior elements of Arcadia are very

Heights Holdings’ Oliver Nabarro (above) was interviewed by Russian property magazine Turn-

Key. Some of his thoughts and comments are reproduced here.

strong indeed,” said Oliver. “What we have done here is very nice compact designs that optimise the use of space in a way that you actually get a fairly spacious feeling within 25sqm.” The one-bedroom units have a start price of Bt1.2m. “What other developer can offer that?” he said. Asked if he could provide a portrait of a typical Arcadia buyer Oliver replied that, like all HH projects, the aim is to appeal to “as wide a spectrum as possible” and, as such, the client portrait simply “doesn’t exist”. Questioned about future potential over-supply he replied: “Pattaya has grown in terms of demand for rental or for re-sale accommodation on an exponential level in recent years. Take for example the number of Chinese that are coming here and are buying now compared to a few years ago.” He said that in one year Chinese visitors had increased by 88 per cent. He went on to list a number of other factors such as improvements to the infrastructure with high-speed rail links and an extra runway at U Tapao that made him feel confident the city has a bright future. |

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Our man looks at the pros and cons of the current political unrest and wonders if it might be time for the city to take stock and catch up on some much-needed infrastructure work.

Mixed reaction to unrest


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think that it is fair to say that when you live in Thailand you never know what is around the corner! After a couple of years of relative stability, we once again have outbreaks of trouble in some areas on Bangkok as well as the usual rumours of coup whenever something like this occurs. Having lived in Thailand for six years now this sort of thing is nothing new or of concern to me but it certainly has a negative impact on the way the rest of the world perceives Thailand and the obviously consequences that this has on business, tourism and Thailand in general. As I have said in a previous article, Pattaya rarely sees any of the fallout from the troubles in Bangkok to an extent that protests are rarely witnessed. However, the reduced number of visitors has a

significant impact on the city as it relies heavily on tourists and also on foreign investment in the major multi-national companies that are based around the area. This impacts potentially at least, quite heavily on the local developers who need these visitors to keep coming to Thailand. A large market for condos that are being sold now comes from investors who are buying condos with a view to gaining rental returns and obviously these returns are at a premium during the high season. Snowball effect If the high season is going to be consistently affected by protests then these visitors will simply look to go elsewhere which will have a snowball effect, affecting investors and the developers. Political turmoil in Thailand does tend to conform to a trend,

If the high season is going to be consistently affected by protests then these visitors will simply look to go elsewhere.

however. Generally speaking there tends to be large scale protests in small areas of Bangkok that has a habit of leading to the government either being overthrown or resigning. After this, there is usually a period of stability whereby the country starts to recover and the numbers of foreign visitors starts to increase again. While tourism is not one of the major contributors to the Thai GDP as a whole it has a massive impact on areas such as Pattaya and Phuket so this stability is needed for these areas to thrive. As we have seen over the past three years, Pattaya has been thriving with condominiums and hotels constantly being developed so this would suggest that the impact of such troubles tends to only short-term. As is often said, “every cloud has a silver lining� and this is certainly true with regard to the value of the

Potential benefits There are, of course, other potential long term benefits resulting from the present troubles. In perhaps a slightly obscure way, the problems may lead to a slowing down in the number of condos that are being developed at the present time. This in turn, may increase demand for existing properties and perhaps give the market a chance to stabilise as many people had previously expressed concerns that there was potentially a ‘bubble’, similar to that experienced in Spain waiting to burst. The troubles may result in the

pressure being taken off this ‘bubble’ and hopefully lessening the risk. Another potential benefit could be that it gives an opportunity for more money to be spent on the infrastructure around the town. I think we have all seen the issues with the telephone and electric cables dangling above our heads, along with areas of poor drainage and poor quality road surfaces. This could give City Hall the opportunity to improve these things in order to try and boost the reputation of the city worldwide so that the impact of such events is lessened here in Pattaya. Tying in with the point above, a slowing of the construction of condos may also give an opportunity for the infrastructure to catch up as arguably it is not designed to cope with the number of condos already in existence, let alone all the new ones that are being built and proposed to be built. Something else that may lessen the affect on Pattaya could be an improvement in the attractions that are on offer. Already we see a large number of attractions that appeal to a wide audience but if these were to be improved it would surely make the city attractive to a wider range of visitor – hopefully resulting in long term benefits for everyone. It goes

Another potential benefit could be that it gives an opportunity for more money to be spent on the infrastructure around the town.

without saying that the more people who come and more diverse their backgrounds, the more beneficial it will be for the city as a whole in the long run. In order for Pattaya to be more independently attractive there must need the means to get here. Already we have an ever improving road network and an international airport close by but perhaps more money needs to be on U-Tapao airport (above) to allow it cope with extra flights coming in from an increasing number of locations. Massive future I think it is fair to say that Pattaya still has a massive future. I think as much as possible; the city needs to be able to distance itself from Bangkok and the troubles that often occur there. This will be very difficult, however, if this could be achieved the affects of unrest will be greatly reduced and the city that we all love can continue to grow and thrive. As always, space is running short. Pattaya has a great future and I am sure it will continue to grow and continue to be the place that we all love and enjoy, so until next time keep enjoying the Land of Smiles! |

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Thai Baht. Over recent weeks we have seen a significant drop in the value of the baht which has certainly helped the expats living here and wishing to transfer money into Thailand and tourists coming here for holidays. The reduced value of the baht has resulted in an increase in the spending power of these groups of people which, in turn, has benefitted the local economy. Indeed, I have heard a few expats stating that they may start to look at investing in property here while the baht is weak as previously it had either been beyond their means or not economically viable to do so. Music to the ears of developers and real estate agents around the town!

quiz • answers

1. Fielding and Chavannes unwittingly invented Bubble Wrap. When the product turned out to be unsuccessful as wallpaper, the team marketed it as greenhouse insulation. It was not until 1961 that its use in protective packaging was discovered. 2. Hunt invented the safety pin. He used an eight inch piece of brass wire and made a coil in the centre so it would open up when released. The clasp at one end was devised in order to shield the sharp edge from the user. 3. Shaw invented cat’s eyes. The name comes from Shaw’s inspiration – the eyeshine reflecting from the eyes of a cat. 4. Howe invented the foreunner of the zip fastener, an elaborate draw-string which Whitcomb Judson refined into a zip 42 years later. 5. Velcro was de Mestral’s bright idea. 6. It was the flush toilet, often erroneously attributed to Thomas Crapper.

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7. Yeates devised the first clawended can opener with a handoperated tool that haggled its way around the top of metal cans. 8. Painter invented the first form of bottle cap. 9. Porter came up with the first disposable razor, enabling King

 “You expect me to ride in that!”, the Pope appears to be saying to aides on receiving the gift of a 30 year-old Renault 4 from a priest who used it to visit poor parishioners in northern Italy. However, Pope Francis reportedly grabbed the keys and took the car for a spin.  Giant George, the world’s biggest dog, died at the age of seven in Tuscon, Arizona on October 17. The Great Dane was more than seven feet long.  This ‘submarine’ Lotus Esprit was bought at a London auction in September for £616,000 ($997,000) by billionaire tech entrepreneur and investor Elon Musk. The car was made for the 1977 Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me.

Camp Gillette to become the first person to shave with one. 10. The Bernacottis made the first pencil consisting of a graphite core in a wooden shell. 11. The Pope was the recipient of the Renault 4. The car was donated by a priest in northern Italy who used it to visit poor parishioners. The fourdoor car, in papal white, has manual gears and a new engine. 12. Beyoncé mimed the US National Anthem at the January inauguration of President Obama, saying she was a perfectionist and hadn’t had time to rehearse. 13. The egg was laid by an elephant bird, a species which is thought to have become extinct in the 17th or 18th centuries. The partly fossilised egg is 30cm high, 21cm in diameter and more than 100 times the size of a chicken egg.

14. The Lotus Esprit featured in The Spy Who Loved Me. The car, said to be fully operational, was used in the underwater scene of the 1977 film starring Roger Moore as 007. 15. The Walkie-Talkie, also known as 20 Fenchurch Street, has been blamed for melting parts of a car parked in a nearby street. Experts said its curved windows had acted like mirrors to focus and concentrate the sun’s rays, melting the wing mirror and badge of a Jaguar car. 16. Cooper made the call to Joel Engel, head of research at Bell Labs who were also committed to developing the first mobile phone. 17. Giant George was a Great Dane and the world’s largest dog. 18. Rozov jumped off Mount Everest. The stunt took more than two years to plan and a minute to execute.

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



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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.

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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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More great venues in store for 2014 project planned for Wongamat in North Pattaya. It was held at the delightfully (but, hopefully, not aptly) named Ku Dé Ta dining and entertainment venue in Sathorn Square. Fine wines, Asahi beers, cocktails and champagne were served throughout the night to the 200-plus guests at Ku Dé Ta, which has fast become one of the capital’s most remarkable “must be there” venues. M&S founder Cees Cuijpers said: “Entertainment on the evening was excellent and included some great music from the most popular in-house DJ at The Pier.” “The service provided by more than 20 staff members and supervisors was outstanding as food delicacies from a top class chef and drink just kept coming all evening.” If you want to know more about M&S visit the Facebook page www.

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nother special year in the making – that’s the verdict as the Movers & Shakers corporate networking group firms up on some of its venues for the rest of 2014 and confirms the continued support of sponsor-partner Kingdom Property for their events. As REm was at the printers the first event of the year was due to take place at Bangkok’s Dream Hotel on Thursday 30 January, subject, of course to political upheavals in the capital not getting in the way. Other new venues have been added to many of the great ones enjoyed in 2013 while in Pattaya the quarterly gatherings will continue at the Havana Bar at the Holiday Inn. The last event of 2013 was a somewhat impromtu affair (pictured here) held to mark the naming of Kingdom Property’s new Mustique

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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 Pratumnak – Tara Court 388/109 M12, Pratumnak 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

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: REBA (Thailand), 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

Est. 2001


Pattaya Realty 219/1 Tipp Plaza, Second Road T: +66 (0)38 412 301-2 6,968,000 M: +66 (0)89 833 6175(CS5049) orSale(0)89 832 7226 Sale 11,900,000 (HS5005) Central Pattaya - Foreign Name: E: W: (HR1449) (CR3816) Principal: Stuart Daly Memberships: CIPS, REBA (Thailand), VJ Vil age REBA-ES, RETS (Thailand), NAR Advertisements: Pages 14 and 15 int size 190 m sq, ext size 540 m sq, 3 beds, 3 baths, fully fitted kitchen, high quality furnishings, Internet, close to local amenities, security alarm, covered car park, 24hr Security.

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

Brand new condominium in Pattaya int size 104 m sq, 3 beds, 3 baths, fully furnished, fully fitted kitchen, communal gardens, communal swimming pool, car park, 24hr Security.


Rent 25,000 / month

Sale 6,990,000

Rent 20,000 / month

South Pattaya: int size 55 m sq, 1 bed, fully furnished, fully fitted kitchen, TV, DVD, Hi-Fi, close to local amenities

: int size 225 m sq, ext size 328 m sq, 3 beds, 2 baths, fully furnished, fully fitted kitchen,private gardens, private swimming pool, covered car park, 24hr Security.

East Pattaya :Ext size 420 m sq, 4 beds+ maid's room, 3 baths, fully furnished and kitchen, security alarm, private gardens communal swimming pool, covered car park, 24hr Security.

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Situated on top of Pratumnak hill, Spectacular sea and city view For special pre-launch prices in the highest building in Pattaya!

Premier Homes Real Estate Co Ltd 240/21 Jomtien Beach Road T: +66 (0)38 231 931 M: +66 (0)81 634 2915 E: (HS0247) W: : Principals: Clayton and Supap Wade Memberships: www.pattayarealty.comCIPS, RETS (Thailand), NAR Baan Balina I

Rent 35,000 / month

Pattaya Estate Agents (PEA) Car Park, Tesco-Lotus, South Pattaya M: +66 (0)819 458 650 (Thai) or (0)86 080 3098 (Eng) E: W: Principal: Sununtha Bun-um (Boom)


Rent 16,000 / month

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Na jomtien:Bali Style,Int size 300 m sq, ext size 560 m sq, 3 beds, 3 baths, high quality furnishings and fully fitted Euro style kitchen, maid's room, Private gardens, private swimming pool, covered car park, 24hr Security.

Pratumnak:int size 48 m sq, Studio apartment, fully furnished, fully fitted kitchen, beautiful sea views, communal gardens, communal swimming pool, car park, 24hr Security.




Rent 44,000 / month

Sale 29,000,000 Jomtien: Fully renovated to a very high standard with 4 beds, 4 baths, fully furnished,

fully fitted kitchen, Jacuzzi, large private gardens, private swimming pool, security alarm, covered car park, 24hr Security.

Opposite Bangkok Pattaya Hospital East Pattaya:4 beds, 3 baths, fully furnished and kitchen, washing machine, Private gardens, private swimming pool, covered car park, 24hr Security.





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 W: Principals: Heiner and Porn Moessing Memberships: CRS, REBA (Thailand), REBA-ES, RETS (Thailand), NAR, CIPS

Sale 12,950,000

The Regents Superior detached, two storey house, int size 650 m sq, ext 1400 m sq,

4 bedrooms + en suite, 5 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen + food storage room, Jacuzzi, private landscaped gardens, large private swimming pool, separate self-contained 1 bedroom + en suite guest house with AC, security alarm, covered car park ,electric gate.

Our office address: 219/1 Tipp Plaza, Pattaya 2nd Road. Next to Mike Shopping Center, Nongprue Chonburi 20150


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

Tel:66(0)38 412 301/2 or 089 833 6175 089 8327226

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

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

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Paradise City Property 116/27 M9, Pattaya Klang opposite Big C Extra (formerly Carrefour) T: +66 (0)38 373 966 M: +66 (0)81 761 3238 E: W: Principal: Gavin Perfect


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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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Robin’s Nest 33/42-44 Moo 10 Soi Diana Inn T: +66 (0)38 720 194 or +66 (0)89 928 7080 W:

Mantra Restaurant & Bar Pattaya Beach, Pattaya T: +66 (0) 3842 9591 E: W:

Starbucks Coffee Company Lido Pattaya Royal Garden Pattaya Stylo Pattaya Beach Road Tuk Com South Pattaya Central Festival T: 038 710 087 E: customercomment@ W:

Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa Beach Road, Pattaya T: 038 412 120 E: W:

Sportsman Pub & Restaurant Soi 13, Pattaya Beach Road T: +66 (0)38 710 609 or +66 (0)86 834 3729 W:

Coco’s Bistro & Coffee Lounge Soi Chaiyapruk, Jomtien T: 038 074 675 E: W:

Holiday Inn Pattaya 463/68 Pattaya Sai 1 Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi T: +66 (0)3872 5555 W:

The Village Shopping Centre Junction Soi Chaiyapruk and Sukhumvit Road T: 038 074 647-8 W:

Shenanigans Irish Pub Jomtien Complex Condo Thappraya Road, Jomtien T: 038 303 490 E: info@ W:

Bangkok Hospital Pattaya Highway 3, Naklua T: 038 259 999 Emergency: 1719 E: W:

Tequila Reef Cantina Soi 7, Pattaya Tel: (038) 414-035 E: W:

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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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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: Ratanakorn Asset Co Ltd 300/6 M10 Pattaya Tai Current Projects: Life Star City Tower, Pattaya Klang Center Point, Ratanakorn Park View, Ratanakorn Villages 12 and 13, R-Con Residence, TW Garden Hill, TW Jomtien Beach Resort, TW Park View, TW Wong-Amat Beach Resort Condominium, Vela Casa. T: +66 (0)38 421 534 or +66 (0)38 421 274 M: +66 (0)81 762 6080 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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