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Calendar of events: 2013/2014 TCCC Executives Patron:

His Excellence Ambassador of Canada

Officers: President – Peter van Haren Vice President – Derek van Pelt Vice President – John Stevens Treasurer – Michael Howard Secretary – Dean Outerson Executive Board: John Casella Surachit Chanovan Neil Chiu Kobsak Duangdee Nelson Hilton Michael Howard Ron Livingston Dean Outerson Jim Patterson John Stevens Peter van Haren Derek van Pelt

Embassy Representative: Ping Kitnikone

Advisors:

Sean Brady Sam Cohen Ali Fancy Don Lavoie Dusanee Promtan Picharn Sukparangsee

Executive Director: Alexandra Morrow

Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce 139 Pan Road, Sethiwan Tower 9th floor, Bangkok 10500 Tel: +66(0) 2266-6085-6 Fax: +66(0) 2266-6087 Email: info@tccc.or.th Website: www.tccc.or.th

The Voyageur is the monthly magazine of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, covering all Thai-Canadian business, legal and social news of interest to the members and others who are active in expanding Thai-Canadian bilateral trade.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014; 11:30am – 1:30pm Speaker Luncheon – “The New Age of Retail” – Speaker: Rob de Jonge, Venda Software The Bangkok Club 800 baht – members & 900 baht – non-members Tuesday, March 25, 2014; 5:00pm – 7:15pm Annual General Meeting – AGM (followed by the March Canuck Connections Networking Night) Four Seasons Hotel Free for members & non-members

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014; 6:30pm – 8:30pm March Canuck Connections Networking Night (following the AGM) Four Seasons Hotel 300 baht – members & 500 baht – non-members Free finger food provided

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Friday, April 4, 2014; 6:00pm – 10:00pm Eastern Seaboard Networking Night & Pre-Registration for the Beaver Invitational Charity Golf Tournament Tavern by the Sea, Amari Orchid Hotel, Pattaya Players – free admission & all other guests – 400 baht

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Saturday, April 5, 2014; 11:30am shotgun start Beaver Invitational Charity Golf Tournament Phoenix Golf and Country Club, Pattaya Early bird until 17 March 2014: 3,999 baht & 4,500 baht thereafter

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Saturday, April 5, 2014; 7:00pm - 10:00pm Beaver Invitational Charity Golf Tournament Dinner Amari Orchid Hotel, Pattaya Players – no charge & guests - 1,200 baht

Upcoming events in the region: CHINA: WHEN: WHAT: WHERE: PRICE:

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http://www.ccbc.com/ February 25, 2014 Changes, Challenges and Strategies for Chinese Investors in Canada’s Resource Sector The St. Regis Beijing For more information, please contact Bela Zhang by email at bela@ccbc.com.cn, or by phone at +86 (10) 8526-1820 ext.11.

HONG KONG: http://www.cancham.org/ WHEN: February 26, 2014 WHAT: FSC Presents: Managing Corporate Risk in an Uncertain World: the Jardine Matheson Approach WHERE: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Central, Hong Kong PRICE: Members $550 / Non-Member $650 JAPAN: WHEN: WHAT: WHERE: PRICE:

http://www.cccj.or.jp/ March 6, 2014 Comparing Audit Committees to Kansayaku Boards 3rd Floor, Kioicho Building, Tokyo Free

Editor: Alexandra Morrow, Executive Director, Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce

2014 Beaver Invitational Charity Golf Tournament

Publisher: Scandinavian Publishing Co., Ltd. 211 Soi Prasert-Manukitch 29, Prasert-Manukitch Rd., Chorakeabua, Ladprao Bangkok 10230 Tel: +66(0) 2943-7166-8 Fax: +66(0) 2943-7169

Make sure you join us for our upcoming Golf Tournament! This 4-player scramble event offers technical prizes on every hole, a prize for best dressed team theme, lucky draws, a silent auction, sumptuous food, beverages, goody bags, great entertainment, a gala banquet and the best networking night of the year!

Design: Disraporn Yatprom Email: disraporn@scandmedia.com Advertising Contact: Mr. Finn Balslev, Marketing Director Scandinavian Publishing Co., Ltd. Tel: +66(0) 2943-7166 ext.116 or 08-1866-2577 Email: finn@scandmedia.com

Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Beaver Invitational Pre-Reception and Networking Night will be held on Friday, April 4th with the Beaver Invitational Charity Golf Tournament and Awards Dinner occurring on Saturday, April 5th, 2014. Thank you for taking time to support this great fund raising event!

For further information please refer to www.beaverinvitational.com


Community News

The Great Canadian BBQ 2014

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anadian Ambassador Philip Calvert and, his wife Chantal graciously hosted another Great Canadian BBQ at the ambassador’s residence early in February. The corporate sponsor on the night was Biz Car Rental, who had four lovely ladies manning their booth during the event. The buffet, catered by the British Club, and sponsored by Asian Tigers, was superb. This year’s event was very low-key compared to past BBQs; no band, no theme, no awards presentation (guests picked up their gifts on their way home), it was just a bunch of folks in the Thai-Canadian business community enjoying a relaxed BBQ at the ambassador’s residence. Prize-givers on the night, including the Natee Law Firm who donated a 9-piece set of glassware; the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit who gave a voucher for a buffet dinner at the Orchid Cafe and the JW Marriott Khao Lak who donated two nights at their resort (Khun Jimlim made the presentation). KIS offered up a gift basket while BNH Hospital donated a grand check-up voucher worth Bt9,180. Karma Gems then donated a beautiful pair of cuff links worth US$425 and the Bangkok Golf Club chipped in with two Privilege Green Fee worth up to Bt8,500 each. Dr Rujirat at the Genesis Skin Klinik kindly donated four skin treatment vouchers worth Bt5,000 each and Rajawongse Tailor donated five vouchers for Egyptian cotton shirts. Ambassador Calvert finished off the prizegiving on the evening by kindly donating a bottle of wine. After the buffet was served guests sat down to watch a replay of the 2010 gold medal hockey game, which was projected onto a screen on the lawn of the ambassador’s residence.

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Revitalizing Bangkok’s K

risten Rossi is on a mission to revitalize Bangkok’s theatre scene; she wants to make theatre accessible to all and to have more and varied productions throughout the city. Kristen has a BA in acting from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, but hails from Massapequa, New York (home of the Baldwins & Jerry Seinfeld among others). “I was that kid who never was picked for sports but was off in the corner dancing or making up a song,” Kristen says. “Towards the end of my university life, I decided I wanted to see what else was going on in the world because I thought there had to be more to life than your head shot and dance class, so in the summer of 2006 I came to Thailand to volunteer at the Pattaya Orphanage. I fell in love with the people; I then decided to return to the US, finish my degree early and come back to Thailand to teach English for a while and lead a gypsy life. “University actually discouraged my acting career, the teachers had favourites and it wasn’t the nurturing environment I expected. Because making a living as an actor is so hard, I think acting schools set sometimes try to steer you away, I even had a teacher tell me, ‘If you have something else you can do or love just as much, do it.’” In 2007, she met went to London for ten months, but missing Bangkok she returned to Thailand when her acting itch started to flare up so she joined the Bangkok Community Theatre (BCT) and started making

connections in the performing arts. In 2009, she started acting in commercials and Thai films (Flight 407) and started doing voiceovers (Flying with Bird, Paddlepop). “I started slowly going back to my roots; I tried setting up a cabaret with another friend, but it didn’t work out though we did do one show. I kept trying to do some sort of live cabaretstyle performance but it never clicked, but then in 2012 I teamed with my co-producer & co-director Justin Brooks to do Broadway Babe, hoping to bring a Broadway-style show with a an edge to Bangkok. We started off

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with ‘Vintage Nights’, a series of pop-up shows at different venues, one in March, April and July of 2013. They were one-hour musical revues, I wrote the story and they were set in a place fitting for the story. The first one called ‘Easy to Love’ was set at The Hop, a dance studio on Silom, featured Ella Fitzgerald classic jazz music with a boy meets love story and a lot of swing dancing. ‘Hanky Panky’ was the name of the second show, which was more burlesque cabaret style, and featured a love triangle set at The Circus (a bar/restaurant in the Crystal Design Centre that resembles a circus) with a lot of


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Theatre Scene camp Madonna, and Dick Tracy. The last one called ‘NYC’, was more classical and was about a girl who comes to New York to pursue her dream and lives with her aunt. It was a ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie meets Cinderella’ type-thing set at Ariyasom Villa on Sukhumvit Soi 1. The cast consisted of two to three people plus the pianist. “In December last year, I decided I wanted to do something simpler, a one-woman cabaret show called ‘Back to Basics’, there was no proper story, it was just me breaking the fourth wall (interacting with the audience) with four genres of music: jazz, blues, pop and musical theatre. Instead of having a play with a story, I tied everything together with my own personal stories and monologues.” In addition To Broadway Babe, Kristen runs one-week musical theatre workshops for kids during the international school breaks. She is also trying to take “Back to Basics” on the road and besides her acting and voice-overs she sings regularly and for special events at hotels, so her plate is full. The next show Kristen is planning is from June 12-14 (just before the international schools break for the summer) when she hopes to put on “Bangkok Vaudeville”, it’s a mix of the “Vintage Nights” series, and "Back to Basics", straight musical theatre meets cabaret. “It’s a cabaret of fusion, we are trying to make theatre acceptable for everyone, and

show them that vintage and musical-theatre style is still hip and relevant and we are trying to get more Thai artists involved. In vaudeville, you usually have a fusion of different acts, a comedian, a dance troupe, a singer, someone doing tricks; each of the two acts will open with a comedian, the rest of the show will be me performing musical-theatre numbers with a twist, sometimes they will be straightforward and sometimes the Bangkok B Boys, a break-dancing team, will come on stage and join in thereby fusing musical theatre and vintage style with urban hip-hop. For example, for the song “Buenos Aires” from “Evita”, I will start it off with the band and then the BBoys will join me half-way through. There will also be a female dance group and a tap dancer. “The set is going to be vintage with old-style peeling brick and wallpaper; but will change over the course of the show, to have graffiti with a Thai edge, morphing from vintage to urban. The set designer is the very talented Brit Gregory Allan.” Ideally, Kristen would like to stage “Bangkok Vaudeville” in an urban/industrial site, preferably a warehouse in Central Bangkok or the Riverside/Chinatown area that could sit 200 people. She could have done it in a parking garage, but since the show will be performed in the rainy season it needs to be covered and air-conditioned. She is also looking at some black-box theatres (open spaced with lighting above). The ensemble will tentatively include seven

musicians (all Thais), ten dancers, a tap dancer plus an English comedian. To make this happen, Kristen is looking for monetary sponsors, location sponsors and even a piano sponsor. The tag line for the show is “Because vintage is hip and theatre is unity”. Help her make it happen if you can. Kristen also says that “People don’t pay artists enough her, I want to pay them for rehearsal, tech-week (days just before the show) and for the shows.” She wants to change that. In closing Kristen says, “Along with a few others, I’m trying to pioneer a theatre, dance & art movement in Bangkok and that’s why I am staying here. Thai people have more time and more interest in theatre and the arts, the scenes are growing. It’s exciting to be part of something that’s being built.”

Contact Info www.broadwaybabeasia.com www.facebook.com/broadwaybabeasia www.kristenevelynrossi.com production@broadwaybabeasia.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUvD_ abcVSM&feature=youtube_gdata_player February 2014

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DFDL Legal and Tax – Pioneers Voyageur recently interviewed Angus Mitchell, Partner and Managing Director of Thailand’s DFDL’s offices.

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FDL has its roots deep in the fertile soil of the Mekong region and DFDL is a truly Asian invention, starting in a residential shop house in Lao PDR in the fall of 1994. The initial partners Mary Flipse, a Lao-American, Todd Dirksen and David Doran built the firm from the ground up, working on the second floor and living on the third floor while the fourth partner, Mr. Le, supported them. Shortly thereafter Mr. Le arranged the opening of the DFDL office in Ho Chi Minh City and moved to Vietnam from his home in Seattle, USA. While each partner brought their own unique knowledge and expertise of Indochina and emerging markets to this new venture, a background in international corporate law and the ambition of a group of attorneys in their thirties, was shared amongst them. Their pioneering work quickly led to the inauguration of the first international law firm in Cambodia, where David Doran, while again working and living in the same building, opened the first DFDL branch office in 1995. From its humble shop house beginnings, DFDL has steadily grown to blanket nearly every country and key cities in ASEAN:Bangkok, Dhaka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Nay Pyi Daw, Phnom Penh, Singapore, and Vientiane. DFDL established a permanent office in Bangkok in November 2005 to better serve its growing client base in Thailand; initially being Thai-based financial institutions and businesses investing in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and Bangladesh. Since then, DFDL has added offices in Samui and Phuket, and the Bangkok-based lawyers now predominantly assist clients in regards to their investments within Thailand. Angus Mitchell has only been with DFDL and in Bangkok for a year, but there is a historical connection. At the outset of 1995 Angus and his wife Karen moved to Yangon, Myanmar, to take advantage of the investment boom that accompanied Myanmar’s initial liberalization. Together with lawyers based in Bangkok, Angus opened an office for the law firm Russin & Vecchi, known as ILCT in Bangkok. He practiced there until mid-1997, when he moved to Singapore to join the Projects group at Linklaters, a UK law firm. In an interesting quirk of fate, that initial law office in Yangon is now part of DFDL.

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Angus Mitchell, Partner and Managing Director of Thailand’s DFDL’s offices.

After 4 years in Singapore, Angus and his family decided to return to Canada in order for his 2 children to learn to ski, buy their first toques and otherwise establish their Canadian bona fides. Though they were native Vancouverites, they moved to Calgary where Angus was a partner in the energy and natural resources group at the law firm Bennett Jones. However, a client trip to Myanmar and a Thailand transaction for a Canadian oil and gas company in 2012 again infected Angus with the SE Asian bug. In short order the family had taken up residence in Bangkok, with Angus as the Managing Director of DFDL’s three offices in Thailand and the head of the regional oil and gas group. The mix of nationalities in DFDL’s offices is reflective of the increasingly integrated world. At any time French, Dutch or German may be heard blending in with the usual Thai and English conversations. The firm’s French roots are particularly strong, with French speakers in most of its offices, and Martin Desautels, a Quebec native,dividing his time between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City as DFDL’s Managing Partner. Marcus Collins, a Dutchman and Bangkok resident for more than 20 years, heads up the firm’s regional Real Estate practice, and spends half his time overseeing the firm’s

Phuket office. A New York qualified lawyer, Marcus began his Asian career with Skadden Arps in Jakarta in 1990. Marcus and Angus first met in 1995 when Marcus was with ILCT and recruited Angus to open their Yangon office with him. DFDL’s Koh Samui office has its roots in the law firm Crawshaws, which commenced business in Samui in 2006, and was already well known in Samui when DFDL acquired it a few years ago. Michael Peart, the founder of Crawshaws and now the head of the Samui office, is an experienced Brit with many years of legal practice in Hong Kong under his belt prior to his move to Samui in 2004. If you are in luck on your next island sojourn, you will hear Michael and his band,The Flowers of Samui, playing at your favourite Samui bar. Michael is joined by Thai and expat lawyers and a capable team of paralegals and assistants. As Samui is a tropical paradise, their bread-and-butter is property-related work, but one never knows what the next client that wanders into their Bophut office will need. DFDL believes that it distinguishes itself from its local competition in two ways: it has had a substantial (often dominant) presence inASEAN nations for many years, and it includes the provision of tax advice as one of its core services. Its Lao-based regional head of tax,


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in Asia’s Frontier Markets the Irishman Jack Sheehan, plans to bolster the firm’s Thai tax capacity by retaining more Thai tax advisers and spending up to half his time in Bangkok every month. So add Irish to the list of languages one hears in DFDL’s Bangkok hallways! DFDL’s office in Phnom Penh, with over 39 lawyers, has become DFDL’s largest. As the first foreign firm in Cambodia, the lawyers there have seen their share of political turmoil and uncertainty. Yet they pride themselves on their ability to apply their unparalleled experience to provide a measure of legal certainty amidst a regulatory framework that is often clouded with doubt. From large power projects to hotel acquisitions and general business files, the office is consistently busy with a variety of corporate and commercial work. The offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City often work jointly with their colleagues in Cambodia; advising clientele that are increasingly interested in undertaking a regional strategy from the outset. When walking on the quiet streets of Vientiane’s down town and strolling through the residential area, one probably would not expect to come upon this foreign law firm that now houses 14 Lao and international legal advisers and lawyers helping to shape some of the biggest hydropower projects in the region.

Martin Desautels, Cambodia While battling a real estate climate that characterized as scarce and expensive, DFDL in Yangon, home to over 20 Myanmar and expatriate lawyers,reverted back to the idea of communal living for some of their advisers who share a residential home close to the office. Though the DFDL spiritis apparent in all of its twelve offices, it is probably the

strongest in this “DFDL Frat House” where legal and regulatory topics are discussed over morning coffee. With a new office in Nay Pyi Daw, DFDL in Myanmar is also at the forefront of helping to shape the new laws and regulations by providing legal support to the Myanmar government. As ASEAN becomes more integrated, DFDL is further solidifying its regional presence by strengthening its affiliate relationship in Jakarta and growing its Bangladesh and Singapore offices. Though the region may experience downturns from time to time, DFDL’s belief is that the demographics and economic fundamentals are such that the long term prospects for Southeast Asia are excellent, and DFDL intends to do its best to guarantee this outcome.

www.dfdl.com

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Four Seasons Getaways T

he Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is a Toronto-based leading operator of luxury hotels that currently manages 91 properties in 38 countries. Aside from the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok (described below), they have many fine resorts and hotels a short plane ride from Bangkok, including the following:

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok The 354-rooms Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok epitomizes efficient and hospitable Four Seasons service, tasteful Thai architecture and design, award-winning dining and a prime location strategically positioned in the heart of the city. Facilities include the Executive Club, the exclusive 24-hour lounge; the24hour Health Club; a large outdoor swimming pool and a selection of elegant boutiques in the Parichart Courtyard. The seven dining options at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok are regarded as unparalleled venues for entertaining. Select from the very Italian Biscotti; the interactive Shintaro Sushi Bar; the modern & contemporary Madison steakhouse; and the Spice Market for authentic Thai food. The Lobby, with its grand columns and high ceiling adorned with exquisite Thai silk wall and ceiling panels, is the place to meet for afternoon tea. Aqua offers an outdoor escape for savouring the best martinis in Bangkok. Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is one of the city’s most popular locations and can host up to 1,000 guests for weddings, meetings and celebrations and it offers elaborate international flavours including Chinese banquets. Another plus is natural daylight in 13 of the 16 well-appointed function rooms. There is also in-limo Wi-Fi service available in all Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok limousines.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Combine timeless luxury with modern convenience in one of the world’s most vibrant and multicultural cities. Nestled in the exclusive tree-lined enclave of Orchard Boulevard, the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is just steps away from the shopping, entertainment and business belt of Orchard Road. Known as the golden mile of shopping and the ultimate shopping haven, Orchard Road is home to 22 shopping malls and close to 5,000 brands from which to choose. At the hotel’s Gift Shop, guests can choose from a host of essential amenities to statement jewellery, a local artist’s lacquer boxes, fresh floral blooms and even the bedding experience. The Gift Shop’s selection of gifts is

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total of 16,855sqft is allocated for meeting and function events accommodating from 10 to 450 persons in its two ballrooms, four board rooms and 4 smaller meeting spaces.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai In northern Thailand, secluded in the lushly beautiful Mae Rim Valley, Four Seasons presents a tiny kingdom of traditional Lanna-style pavilions gazing over terraced rice fields.

carefully curated for the guest's convenience. Be it a gift to pamper oneself or a loved one, there is a special gift for all occasions and all ages. Exclusively for hotel guests, Club21, a home-grown luxury fashion company with a stable of designer stores, offers bespoke fashion consultation sessions in the privacy of the guest room, or at any of its boutiques located in the city. Dedicated to the discerning, fashion-conscious customer, this oneon-one, by-appointment-only service offers stylish and progressive dressing solutions to modern lifestyle requirements and is complimentary to all in-house guests. A short jog away from the tranquil Botanic Gardens, the hotel is also a convenient 25 minutes from the airport and a 15-minute ride away from Suntec City Convention Centre and the Marina Bay area - making it an ideal location that allows the perfect mix of business and leisure. Despite its boutique size, the hotel offers a wide range of facilities – some 65,000sqft of floor space is dedicated to wellness and fitness and a

Pleasures range from an exclusive Thai cooking school to one of the world’s most celebrated tropical spas. Located in the breathtakingly scenic Mae Rim Valley – just 20 minutes north of Chiang Mai City – Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai provides a tranquil self-contained retreat. With a backdrop of majestic mountains, the Resort is nestled in 8 hectares (20 acres) of tropical gardens, with two small lakes, lily ponds and a terraced working rice farm – complete with a family of water buffalo. Architecture, cuisine and spa treatments honour Thailand’s rich cultural heritage. Clusters of pavilion-style buildings create a traditional Lanna-village atmosphere. The resort includes 98 remarkably spacious accommodations: 64 pavilions, 12 pool villas, 17 residences and 5 residence villas with one, two, three or four bedrooms. Intimate function facilities – encompassing 455 square metres (4,889 square feet) – are ideal for executive conferences and incentive events. The finest Thai cuisine is served in open-air restaurants with stunning valley views, while the Resort’s own cooking school teaches the secrets of Thai kitchens.


Travel News Recreation encompasses swimming, tennis, mountain trekking and yoga, while the palatially beautiful spa tempts with soothing treatments inspired by ancient Thai rituals. Warm Thai hospitality is enhanced by intuitive Four Seasons care – ensuring the most authentic, most pampering experience of northern Thailand.

Explore the mysteries of the Golden Triangle in the unique setting of Four Seasons Tented Camp, a one-of-a-kind experience combining a rustic jungle setting with renowned Four Seasons service. Learn to ride an elephant mahout-style, explore the banks of the mighty Mekong River in a customised river boat or simply enjoy a massage in the Spa.

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

The camp is located 60 minutes north of Chiang Rai on elevated ground near the confluence of the Puak and Mekong Rivers. It overlooks three countries simultaneously: Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Guests approach the camp by longtail boat down the Puak River and the camp features 15 luxuriously-appointed tents, generously spaced apart for added privacy. Packages include accommodation, all meals and beverages (including house wines and spirits), activities and airport transfers.

Tiny and tranquil, the Thai island of Koh Samui welcomes you to an exotic beach hideaway on the mystical Gulf of Siam. Within a secret bay, terraced down a hillside of coconut palms, Four Seasons presents an all villa enclave with amphitheatre views of sky, sea and islands. On the island’s northwestern tip, quietly secluded in Laem Yai Bay, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui offers an unforgettable arrival experience. Guests are greeted with the sounding of a ceremonial Thai gong as soaring teak doors – flanked by 6-metre (20-foot) walls – open to reveal a magnificent view from the hilltop. Blending into the tropical landscape of coconut palms, the Resort spills down the terraced hillside to a private beach. The turquoise waters sparkling beyond are dotted with the silhouettes of neighbouring islands. Within this harmonious nature enclave are 60 spacious one-bedroom villas and 14 residence villas – each with chic al fresco living spaces and an oversized infinity-edge pool. For dining, there are delicious Four Seasons options at hillcrest and beach-side. Special events unfold in 145 square metres (1,560 square feet) of indoor/outdoor function space – or under the stars at the water’s edge. The Resort’s infinity-edge swimming pool is mere steps from the private whitesand beach. Deeper relaxation awaits in the full-service forest spa, encompassing Thai, yogic and other Asian techniques. Local activities include riding elephants to a jungle waterfall and kayaking to a coral reef. In this indulgent hideaway, Four Seasons blends distinctive design and an incomparable location with thoughtful 24-hour care.

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

The furnishings and decor are reminiscent of 19th century adventure expeditions with handcrafted furniture, hardwood floors, mosquito netting and hurricane lamps. A luxurious king-sized bed takes up one side of the tent, while an old-fashioned copper

bathtub stands in the middle of the room. A sundeck with a day bed, two massage beds and an outdoor rain-shower add to the oldworld charm. Each of the 15 tents—named after local hilltribes, fauna & flora—shares a common layout but is uniquely decorated and furnished in individual colour schemes with coordinated furnishings.

More on the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Four Seasons Hotels, Inc. is a Canadianbased international luxury, five-star hotel management company. Travel + Leisure magazine and the Zagat Survey rank the hotel chain's 92 properties among the top luxury hotels worldwide. Readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine have voted the company's Golden Triangle property in northern Thailand as their favorite in the world for three consecutive years. The company has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by Fortune every year since the survey's inception in 1998.

Business Model Four Seasons does not own most of its properties; it operates them on behalf of real estate owners and developers. The contracts between Four Seasons and property owners typically permits the company to participate in the design of the property and run it with nearly total control over every aspect of the operation.

History Canadian businessman Isadore Sharp founded Four Seasons in 1960. While a young architect working for his father, Sharp designed a motel for a family friend that succeeded and inspired him to try creating his own hotel in Toronto. As the only large parcel of land he could buy was in a disreputable area, he designed the hotel as an oasis for business travelers; the Four Seasons Motor Hotel opened in 1961. Sharp built more hotels, but upscale luxury did not become part of the brand until the company expanded to London. When a developer approached Four Seasons about building a hotel in London, Sharp argued that the hotel should compete with the city's old-world, elite hotels, such as Claridge's and The Connaught, which he felt treated customers based on their social class. The hotel opened in 1970.

Philanthropy The company and its hotels and resorts have long been involved in philanthropic programs, with a focus on Supporting Sustainability, Building Communities and Advancing Cancer Research Notably, Four Seasons was one of the founders of the Terry Fox Run in 1981, which has since grown into the world's largest single day cancer fundraiser, with events around the world every September. To date, the Terry Fox Run has raised close to half a billion dollars. In 2011 Four Seasons celebrated its 50th Anniversary and announced through their livingvalues.fourseasons.com website that they had decided to launch their 10 Million Trees campaign in which they committed to plant 10 million trees around the world over the next few years. February 2014

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Retiring in Thailand T

hailand is one of Asia’s most popular retirement destinations due to, among other qualities, its tropical climate, relatively low cost of living, and foreigner-friendly environment. Whether your retirement dream is the Southern beaches with a coconut in hand or being surrounded by nature and rolling hills in the elevated Northern provinces, the amenities offered in the Land of Smiles oftentimes seem endless. Though Thailand does not have a formal campaign to attract retirees, such as Malaysia���s “Malyasia My Second Home” program, an increasing number of expats are deciding to spend their golden years in Thailand.

Before one is issued the necessary visa to retire in Thailand, specific qualifications must be met; including a minimum age of at least 50 years for all Non-Immigrant Type O-A visa applicants. In addition, the following financial requirements must also be met:

All foreign retirees require a Non-Immigrant Type O-A visa, also known as the retirement visa, in order to become a resident of Thailand. Retirement visas are granted for a maximum of one year at a time, with every foreign retiree being required to report to their local Immigration Department every 90 days in order to check in and verify that their address and contact information on file with the Immigration Department is current.

If the application for the Type O-A retirement visa is being made from outside of Thailand, it must include a letter of verification from the country of origin stating that the applicant has no criminal record. A medical certificate indicating the absence of proscribed diseases must also accompany the application. Both of these documents need to have been issued within the preceding three months and be officially notarized.

A common alternative to checking in with Immigration locally is to embark on a “visa run” to one of the border towns connecting Thailand with its neighbors. Expatriates who exercise this option can either travel by public transport or one of the many private tour companies that offer such services specifically designed for foreign visa holders. By leaving and then reentering Thailand, even within the same day, the Immigration check-in requirement is satisfied, and the retirement visa is renewed for another 90 days.

Being employed or otherwise working on a retirement visa is strictly prohibited. Work, as defined in the Alien Working Act BE 2551(2008) is, exerting energy or using knowledge whether or not in consideration of wages or other benefits. The broadness of this definition has the potential to land foreign retirees in trouble if they are caught engaging in common retiree activities such as doing some landscaping or minor home improvements on a piece of property they own. In Phuket, more than one foreigner found

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Proof of income of not less than 65,000 baht per month; or Possession of a Thai bank account with a continuous balance of not less than 800,000 baht during the last three months; or Annual income plus bank account balance totaling no less than 800,000 baht as of the filing date of the application

himself being fined and facing imprisonment for building and or refurbishing a boat that belonged to him while on his own property. Even volunteer work is covered by this definition, which could prove problematic for those altruistic individuals who wish to spend a portion of their newly found free time in retirement giving back to their community in a charitable and rewarding manner. The penalty for engaging in work on a retirement visa and therefore without a work permit is a fine between 2,000 and 100,000 baht and/ or imprisonment for up to 5 years. While requiring these foreigners to have a work permit in order to enjoy a common hobby or give their time for free may sound extreme, that is exactly what the authorities asserted, and technically according to the Alien Working Act, they are correct. A comfortable retirement is something we all aspire to, and many of us even plan for financially in anticipation. By maintaining awareness of the regulations on retirement visas and the types of activities that are and are not permitted while living in Thailand on such a visa, one can enjoy their retirement free of worries about either the comfort of said retirement or one’s financial cushion being put at risk through a violation of the law. Credits: Angus Mitchell (angus.mitchell@dfdl.com) Matthew Christensen (matthew.c@dfdl.com) Pavitra Sakulchaimongkol (Pavitra@dfdl.com) For more information please contact www. dfdl.com


Nurturing young learners to fulfil their individual poten al Developing Knowledge and Understanding

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t Bangkok Patana we provide the essen al rigour of a Bri sh curriculum incorpora ng best prac ce from other programmes to reflect our interna onal se ng. Our aim is to nurture and develop a lifelong love of learning in our young students.

Encouraging Curiosity

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t key points within the Primary School we benchmark ourselves against UK schools using Na onal Curriculum Tests. In 2013, over 96% of our Year 2 students achieved their age-related expecta on, or above, compared to 85% in the UK.

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e also understand the importance of learning outside the classroom. Extensive opportuni es for children to flourish and develop their personal interests are provided through our varied extra-curricular ac vi es programme.

To find out how our child-centred approach to learning and outstanding teaching sta can help your child fulfil their poten al from 2 1/2 to 18 years of age, please contact us at admissions@patana.ac.th

www.patana.ac.th |+66 (0) 2785 2200 | 643 Lasalle Road (Sukhumvit 105), Bangna, Bangkok

Bangkok Patana is an IB World School accredited by CIS and NEASC



Voyageur Magazine - February 2014