Tropical-Living July issue 2010

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Fendi Casa Uncovered




Decor Mart

Lifestyle tips

from long term expats Stunning

Black & White interiors

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contents special features

Exclusive Interview


Living News


Living News Extra


Event Calendar


Legal Lines


Living Galleries


Living Active


Business Directory


Decor Mart team up with Club House Italia to bring us FENDI

With the latest property market opinions, reports and developer updates.

Wealth management expert advises on saving for retirement.

Follow Tropical Living to the latest property and lifestyle events around the world.

Keep up to date on the requirements for a Thai retirement visa.

A selection of art galleries from around the region.

Take a couples break in Hua Hin where you’ll find great golf courses and spas.

Your guide for property and leisure related services.

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Living Homes

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Teak House Renovation,

Chiang Mai

PrivĂŠ, Bangkok

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Live Like a Superstar

Brush With An Artist

Coveted Address

Living Style Advertorial

Living Essentials

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ML Laksasubha talks interiors at Absolutely Fabulous furniture store. Opposites attract with stunning back and white decorating ideas.

Living Leisure Nautical News

Living Tips

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New launches and yachting updates.

Visit two happily retired residents for their view on life in Thailand.


Patrick K. Blaauw


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Editor’s Talk

Welcome to the July issue and I hope you’re all enjoying the cooler months this summer season brings. As Bangkok continues to recover from the recent political turmoil, which has unfortunately deterred many would be travellers, even to resort areas, we wanted to focus on reminding you why this wonderful country is well worth considering as your next holiday destination and long term retirement home. We dedicate this July issue to retirement, covering useful advice about how to approach saving for those golden years and provide up to date information on visa requirements. We catch up with long term residents living in Chiang Mai and Phuket to share their experiences as retirees, and how Thailand enriches their lives. We also take a break in Hua Hin to enjoy the golf, spa’s and cuisine on a his and hers holiday, perfect for active couples. This season is often viewed as a popular period to buy property, as there are less tourist crowds and more time to view properties, speak to locals and get a feel for the annual climate changes. In our property section we review three very different residences to assist in your search, from a luxury celebrity hideaway in Phuket to a traditional Thai teak home conversion in Chiang Mai. For shoppers that adore designer labels around the home as well as in the wardrobe, our exclusive interview will be a treat. We interview the man behind Décor Mart, a leading supplier of top brand home collections including Fendi Casa and Kenzo Maison. Discover the latest trends from Milan and learn about the quality workmanship and materials used to produce these beautiful items, all of which are available to buy in Bangkok. So relax, put your feet up and enjoy this issue packed full of news features, property reviews, designer interiors and yachting updates.

Rachel Williams

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW STORY : Pattamaporn Kittipanachol IMAGES : Courtesy of Club House Italia and Decor Mart PHOTOGRAPHER : Chavalit Kamolthammanon

Fendi Frenzy! Fendi, the fabulous Italian brand was the first of the houte couture kings to step into the realm of interiors back in 1989. Their supreme level of design, craftsmanship and quality materials that have graced countless catwalks have been transferred to produce timeless Fendi Casa collections. Responsible for the manufacture and global supply of Fendi Casa is esteemed company Club House Italia, who have forged a successful supply partnership with Thailand’s big brand ambassador Decor Mart to bring Fendi Casa to Bangkok. Keeping Thailand abreast with Fendi Casa’s latest trends is Pradit Sintavanarong, the managing director of Decor Mart, a luxury home furnishings retailer. With his penchant for the finer things in life and the ability to form great partnerships, he is a natural host for not just Fendi Casa, but many other worldwide home interior brands. Tropical Living recently caught up with Decor Mart and Club House Italia, to discuss big brands and business.




Design Delight at Decor Mart

administrator. His last position in this field was as director of the foreign affairs division and director

Decor Mart began as a family run business in the tile and sanitary ware sector. As the company

of the information division of the Department of Medical Services.

grew larger it organically expanded to serve a wider range of home furnishing segments. Today, Decor

With so many responsibilities, it’s no surprise that

Mart Design Centre sits on trendy Thonglor Road

he admits: “I’m a workaholic” but makes the most of

in Bangkok, where customers can find a complete

his free time, “I always find time to travel and enjoy

range of home products, including local and

good food. I also collect books, watches and wine

imported tiles and sanitary ware, bathroom fixtures

as a hobby.” Stylish Pradit enjoys keeping abreast of

and accessories, furniture and home decorative

what’s new, “I love observing the latest trends and

items, kitchens and appliances. It truly is a one stop

am always excited when new things come out.”

shop, as Pradit confirms: “we can almost say that we sell everything for a house but the brick and stone.”

Pradit’s passions have certainly helped the company succeed at representing a variety of

The managing director is an affable character,

worldwide luxury brand goods in Thailand. But has he

with an easy going approach. He qualified as a

always had such an interest in luxury brands? “I do

doctor of medicine at Mahidol University, arguably the

not consider what I’m doing as an interest in luxury

best university in Thailand, and continued to study

brands. It is an interest in doing what I’m good at, to

his masters in public health at the respected Harvard

the best of my ability. So it’s always about working

University. Before joining the family business, Dr Pradit

with the right partners. It’s a propensity that these

worked for the Ministry of Public Health as a medical

right partners are, most of the time, luxury brands.”


With the luxury goods market seriously taking off

brands chose to work with Decor Mart, what is the

in Thailand, in particular over the past decade, the

secret to their success? “Every brand loves to work

attraction of owning designer goods has certainly

with those who have passion for their products.

increased. Decor Mart have helped spur consumer

World famous brands constantly come up with

interest by introducing some of the world’s most

new innovative products of their own creativity,

exclusive brand names to the Thai market including

incorporate genius marketing and at the same time,

Fendi Casa. When asked about the

provide uncompromised sales

market reaction and why people

services. These companies are

invest in such lavish products, Pradit

always looking for partners of

shares: “For some people, owning a

the same caliber who have the

designer piece is an awesome idea;

same work ethic and uphold

but to others, it is all about the

their acclaimed brand image.

comfort of living. Owning designer

Decor Mart has the quality they

brand items simply means that that

are looking for” explains Pradit.

person likes a particular character which is reflected by the designs of that designer.”

With this winning formula the future for the company certainly looks bright. In fact Decor Mart

Within a city renowned for exclusive


are expanding again, and are

malls and a growing number of shopping outlets,

due to open Atelier Decor Mart in August, a 330 sq m

competition amongst Bangkok retailers is getting

gallery in Siam Paragon, where exquisite home

tougher each year. Many European and US brands

decoration collections and gift items from Fendi

are realising the importance of Southeast Asia as

Casa, Kenzo Maison, Armani/Casa, Ralph Lauren

a key region for future growth. So why do the top

Home and more will be displayed.




Origins of Fendi Casa Besides being a sophisticated Italian fashion brand since 1925, Fendi has long been a leader in its creative use of leather, fur and technologically advanced fabrics. This shared expertise and understanding makes Fendi an ideal partner to branch out into luxury designer furnishings. The marriage of Club House Italia’s skill in translating Fendi’s penchant for mink, fox, zibeline and sheep skin into a beautifully crafted, hand-finished furniture line has lent it credibility and attracted the attention of many other designers. Club House Italia, owner Alberto Vignatelli, has been the driving force behind luxury fashion designer brand furniture lines and is responsible for some of the most successful European couture brands including Fendi Casa and Kenzo Maison.


Fendi Trend Report This year’s Milan Furniture Fair witnessed the introduction of new elements to the Fendi Casa range including:  Precious hand-made embroideries, such as Villa Borghese and the historical Selleria, traditional finishes with equestrian themes.  Exclusive Crystal Elements by Swarovski: for the first time, Fendi Casa uses velvet with micro crystals set, like a stardust on soft, precious mantles.  Handmade throws in tricot wool with borders in herringbone red fox or blue-grey orylag, cushions in pony printed with leopard effect.  New shapes for the Murano glass vases, as shining as amber enriched with gold dust.  For the first time, the 2010 Milan Furniture Fair will showcase the Farnese and the Domino 2 models, the Cameo bed with a low headboard.  The range includes also an outdoor section with modular sofas and furnishings, featuring a characteristic handmade weave. This creates sophisticated areas for outdoor living as well, reserved and evocative places for an intimate experience of relaxation, conviviality, time and colours, season after season.


The Magic Touch of Alberto Vignatelli

furniture line or not, some brands just don’t have luxury furniture within their DNA. The main criteria

Born into of a family of furniture makers, Alberto Vignatelli who founded the company in the early

are based on market’s expectations: our customers deserve extraordinary unique collections.”

1970s, had a headstart in acquiring and honing his skills and techniques in manufacturing padded

What makes Club House Italia’s furniture stand out

furniture and producing raw materials, but the

against other manufacturers, Alberto Vignatelli says is

unstoppable drive, business vision, enthusiasm,

that, “each home collection is designed to ‘dress up’

and flair for coming up with new ideas are all

rooms in a way fashion brands design their clothes,

very clearly much his own.

precious leather coats and accessories. In addition to its main functional role, furniture can play an

With so many talented competitors in a country

aesthetic role, creating, in conjunction with furnishings

known for the quality and design, what was needed

and accessories, a comfortable and glamorous

was an edge. And the golden egg, as it were, came

interior space.” To keep apace with technology and

in the guise of Alberto’s biggest challenge: “The

materials, the manufacturer and its brands continue

development of a furniture collection for fashion

to research and create new furniture.

brands.” With Fendi, which has long held a respected place in Italy’s pantheon of haute couture, the

With such a diverse range of brands under one

success that followed made the company synonymous

roof, including Fendi Casa, Kenzo Maison and

with impeccable standards, and invitations from

Vladimir Kagan, Alberto Vignatelli’s solution to

many important fashion houses.

handling them is to realise that “each collection has its own personality, style and features. Inside

Though Alberto concedes that “it is not easy to decide whether a brand can develop its own


the company, we created dedicated production processes, surfaces and staff for each brand

collection we manage. The main aim is to keep all collections independent and free to develop according to their main features, preventing any possible overlapping.”

Shop in Style at Luxury Living To showcase all these brands under one roof in key European and US locations , Alberto Vignatelli developed a retail arm, Luxury Living, “which is becoming widely known as a synonym for quality, glamour and skilled craftsmanship.” Ultimately, Club House Italia and Luxury Living aim “to invite our customers to a luxury atmosphere where they can make true any dreams for their houses, boats and private jets. Each customer can customise our products since we have thousand of different materials, mainly fabrics and leathers, in multiple patterns and colours.”




As well as luxury residences, Alberto Vignatelli has worked with megayachts such as a Pershing 115, a CRN 28, and also a 59 metre Bennetti. Himself an avid sailor, and yacht owner since the 1970’s, he enjoys nothing more than escaping to sea on his Oyster 72’, with his family and friends. Here, he can be at one with nature and allow his thoughts to flourish “I get all my best ideas on board!” Spreading the extraordinary wealth of its designs around the world, Alberto


Vignatelli displays his retail and distribution

For the ultimate Fendi Casa shopping

acumen. Today, the collections are

experience, a trip to the Luxury Living

distributed in stores around the world, in

stores in Italy, France or the US will

Asia Pacific, Africa, the Americas, Europe,

not let you down. For shoppers with

and the Middle East, also offering of

Fendi fever here in Thailand, visit

bespoke service, are set to make Club

the Decor Mart Design Centre at 555

House Italia’s imprint across the globe,

Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor 19, Bangkok.

in style.

Telephone +66(0)2 365 0789.


Complied by Marc Davies

Fractional Ownership at Infinity Samui


ommanding spectacular unbroken seaviews, Infinity Samui luxurious apartments are uniquely designed providing privacy and space to give the feeling of villa living. The apartments are furnished with everything that you need from a holiday home, with additional five-star hotel services and facilities including the Beach Club. Infinity Samui is now complete and has started welcoming residents. For a limited number of apartments, Infinity Samui are offering fractional ownership opportunities which includes: • One quarter fractional ownership from THB 5.5 million; • Fully furnished apartment plus hotel services and facilities; • Your choice of one and two bedrooms; • A period of personal use from one week to three months per year; • Possibility of profit-sharing from rental programme; • Guaranteed peace of mind during in your absence; • Limited offer for three apartment units only.

PCS Supports

Big Cleaning Day After Political Crisis

Proactive Property

Management Required

were efficiently controlled, and thus, the properties witnessed limited damage and were able to resume operations within 48 hours.


ones Lang LaSalle reports that two buildings they manage were set on fire during the recent riots in Bangkok. These include Maleenont Tower along Rama IV Road and The Stock Exchange of Thailand building along Ratchadapisek Road. However, the incidents


Suphin Mechuchep, managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle, said that there are several measures that have to be taken in cases of emergency such as riots and terrorism. Apart from physical maintenance, more serious security and safety measures must be implemented. In addition, a plan for emergency is also required. “The loss and damage to several properties in Bangkok during the recent riots reflect the rising need for a greater focus on proactive property strategies. Efficient property management is one of those strategies that could help minimise risks or losses from unexpected incidents,” said Suphin.


roperty Care Services (Thailand) Ltd. or PCS, a leading company providing international facilities services in Thailand, supported the “big cleaning day” activity organised by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). Presided by M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra Bangkok Governor, the event’s purpose was to clean and restore damaged areas around Bangkok from the political crisis. As a leading cleaning service provider in Thailand, PCS led 30 staff with advanced cleaning chemicals and materials to wipe out all dirt and stains across the areas within a half day, aiming to revive Bangkok as the key tourism destination of Thailand.


New Grant Thornton Real Estate Report


rant Thornton has recently launched the first IBR 2010 sector report on construction and real estate. The report finds that the sector has suffered like many others during the global economic downturn. Having declined by 1.8 % in 2008, the global construction sector is expected to contract even more deeply in 2009. However, once confidence returns, the level of investment will increase and businesses within the sector will emerge stronger from the downturn.

Grant Thornton suggest the following positive changes in the sector:

Asian Real Estate

Investment Market Remains Resilient

▪ Consolidation: solid businesses who have controlled risk and protected their workers are likely to survive despite short-term revenue constraints, whilst weaker businesses will fold or be acquired, resulting in stronger levels of competition in the sector. ▪ Transparency: consumers, especially in the developing world, will be able to see much more clearly the risks of investments they make. ▪ Increasing levels of investment: investors are waiting for the market to ‘bottom out’ but once confidence returns there is money available. ▪ More robust lending: banks have been too eager to lend without doing necessary background checks, but more stringent rules will benefit the sector in the long-term. ▪ Restructuring: many businesses will need to restructure themselves to survive the downturn but will emerge stronger for it. Download the full report at:


he Asian real estate investment market remained buoyant during the first quarter of 2010 as investor sentiment remained largely positive, and investors continued to demonstrate cautious optimism. The steady flow of small and medium sized transactions witnessed in the latter half of 2009 continued to feed through into the year’s opening three months. Given the relatively low level of trading activity


at the beginning of 2009, in the first quarter total direct real estate investment in Asia jumped 215% on a year-over-year basis to an estimated USD16.5 billion, according to CB Richard Ellis’ Asia Investment MarketView report for Q1 2009. “The quarter saw both opportunistic and core international institutional investors return to the Asian real estate

markets, attracted by the signs of a sustained recovery,” said Andrew Ness, executive director of CBRE Research Asia. “At the same time, well-capitalised Asian REITs and sovereign wealth funds also resumed the portfolio expansion which they had halted during the most severe period of the global economic downturn, and their return was marked by rising level of acquisitions in Japan and Singapore.”

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Retirement Community


Conference A

sia’s first retirement communities forum will bring together property developers, operators, age care providers and investors to identify development and investment opportunities in the region. Retirement communities as a real estate asset, is fast-gaining development and investment potential in Asia. With a strong demand in sight - millions of affluent baby boomers looking to retire in comfort and live among people their age - the phenomenon has driven the industry to step up on development plans and pipelines for retirement communities across Asia.

At Retirement Communities World Asia 2010, taking place 20-22 September at the Grand Hyatt, Singapore, the organisers Terrapinn, bring first-rate executive sessions, top-level networking opportunities and insightful keynote speakers to discuss the market fundamentals and development economics for Asian retirement communities. International retirement living providers will also share on development trends and innovations on senior housing and community care to guide Asian industry players as they deliberate on needed policies and business frameworks.

New Baby Elephant Brings Luck A

new little bundle of joy has brought a token of good luck to the delight of the on-site elephant camp at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The baby elephant was born at 4.10 am on the 23 May 2010, and was welcomed into the world with the nickname Nong ‘Phil. The healthy baby boy weighed in at an estimated 100 kg, standing 91 cm tall at the shoulder and measuring 120 cm from forehead to tail. Named, as is tradition, by his mahouts and owners, Nong ‘Phil’s formal name is Plai Pa Choke, meaning “to bring luck”, and is seen by all as an extremely apt title in light of the nation’s current desire for healing and peace.


LIVING NEWS EXTRA contributing writer : David Mayes

Saving For Retirement Everyone knows that they should be preparing financially in some way for the day they leave the work force and will no longer receive a steady income. Most people focus their efforts on what investments they will put their savings into, which is indeed important, but equally important and often overlooked is the initial consideration of how to approach the task of building a retirement nest egg.



here are several major factors which need to be considered to answer this question. If not thought through in advance, saving in the inappropriate

manner can seriously affect how well prepared you are when retirement age rolls. Some of these factors are the stability of income and career path, plans to stay abroad or return home, preferences to be active or passive in investments, attitude towards risk, etc.

Emergency Cash Reserve Expatriates working abroad will almost certainly

Contractual Savings Plan Having a contractual plan in place

come across a financial advisor at some point who will

which considers discretionary income

put forward some type of tax free offshore saving plan.

and doesn’t over commit your means

They will usually highlight all of the benefits, while glossing

(maximum 40% of what’s left each month

over the potential problems with these plans. The number

after bills, entertainment, etc.) is the best

one reason to set up one of these plans, which I believe

way to ensure that on retirement day there

probably covers close to 90% of the population, is that if

is a pot of money left over from active

people don’t have a structure in place to force them

work years. Unfortunately this route is not

to save and keep those savings out of there reach,

for everyone, in particular if you are likely

they will plunder their savings at some point in their life.

to return to your home country. An offshore

Usually this will happen with the best intentions, a money

saving plan will refuse additional contributions

pinch with the promise to pay it back in better times,

if you become a resident of your home

an unexpected health problem, a once in a lifetime

country again. In addition, if you work in an

vacation. While these are all seemingly valid reasons,

industry without a steady income, frequent

they won’t put food on your table when you are 80

gaps between jobs, or are considering

years old, unable to work, and strapped for cash.

going freelance or starting a business

Having an emergency cash reserve (of at least six

before retirement age, then the plan

months expenses) as a first priority helps avoid some

should not extend longer than the time

of these types of situations.

frame while there is a steady income.


equity built up to provide a down payment on a new property and leave a bit of cash to start a lump sum investment structure. Real estate is extremely illiquid and thus Lump sum investment structures require a lot more discipline and

in fast markets it may be possible to

are much more likely to be plundered

sell very quickly for a profit, there is

by the individual at some point

a chance that you need to be

prior to retirement, however they

prepared for it to take a long time

provide more flexibility in the event

to sell with some gain. There is

of returning home (you can cash

an added risk with the leverage

the policy in and invest it in your

involved in a mortgage and

home country upon repatriation or

especially adjustable interest rates.

continue to hold it and pay taxes

If payments cannot be met, it is

according to the laws of your home

possible to lose all of the money

is no need to fret, there are alternative

country). Lump sum structures also

paid into the investment (this is

ways to build up savings which will

provide more flexibility in the event

also true in the early part of many

coincide with each situation. Tax

of job loss, starting up a business,

savings plans but not the case for

free offshore lump sum investment

or for whatever other reason there

lump sum structures).

structures exist, which usually require

may be a prolonged period of

ÂŁ50,000 minimum (sometimes less)

being unable to contribute to a

to get started. This method requires

regular savings plan (although

are many roads to take to get

discipline to save the initial amount

missing a few months here and

to the same destination. There

(on top of an emergency reserve

there on a long term plan the

are three common paths expats

and any additional planned

difference is not so substantial,

can take towards having enough

expenditures over the next five

missing two years on a ten year

cash to make their golden years a

years, such as a down payment

plan would be quite different).

time for relaxation and reflection,

Lump Sum Investments If the second group applies, there

on a house, car etc.). After this, the money is usually locked up in some

Purchasing Property

form, usually with early withdrawal penalties, keeping a small disincentive


a 10 year rule of thumb, although

A third option to consider is

As with most things in life there

instead of stress and trying to make ends meet. The options considered should depend on the potential roads your professional life may

to raid your nest egg while being

beginning a nest egg by purchasing

take. Make sure the way in which

small enough that in a real emergency

a home through a mortgage.

you save matches the turns in life,

you can access some or most of the

Despite the global mess as of late

and also considers your personality,

cash. Once set up, these structures

which has had negative effect on

protecting you from yourself if

can be added to every month or

real estate markets, if you are highly


year, but there is no contractual

confident of being able to live in

agreement which says you must.

your current home for at least 10

Thus if the investor runs a small business

years, and continue to earn a

which has a bad year, there will be

high enough salary to meet debt

no negative effect on the retirement

obligations, upon the sale of the

nest egg from not contributing.

home their should be enough

David Mayes MBA is a resident of Phuket, Thailand, and provides wealth management services to expatriates throughout the region of Southeast Asia. He can be reached via email at

Worldwide event calendar


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July 10 - 11

August 2 - 5

August 19 - 20

September 8 - 13

EPEX 2010, The Exclusive Property Exhibition Earls Court London

Malaysia REITs 2010 Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2010 Real Estate and Property Market in Thailand Bangkok, Thailand

Cannes Internaional Boat and Yacht Show Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto, Cannes

Now in its fourth year since inception, EPEX showcases the finest properties from developers and agents from around the world. To visitors, who are the most discerning property investors, EPEX presents a fabulous opportunity to view the most comprehensive selection of the world’s luxury properties under one roof.

Malaysia REITs 2010 Conference is a strategic B2B event that will provide a platform for REITs, investment management fund, insurance companies, property developers as well as contruction companies, banks and insurance companies.

This timely conference features updates on new launches, legal requirements, land and property market trends, consumer insights, government framework and regualtions, global and regional property market outlook, management strategies and future industry development directions.

Europe’s leading in-water exhibition offers showgoers the opportunity to preview the finest jewels of the sea. With more than 481 new boats on display in water, the Vieux Port has everything it takes to present a preview of the finest new models from the leading international shipyards in a magnificent setting.

LEGAL LINES Contributing Writer : Kert Stavorn

Retiring In Thailand The kingdom of Thailand has long been regarded as one of the most popular retirement destinations in the world. Every year countless retirees make the move to a country considered by many as one of the most popular tourist destinations. However, before a foreigner applies for a Thailand retirement visa, also known as the “O-A” visa, he or she has to comply with several requirements. These can be categorised into two sections, namely, substantive and documentary conditions.

Requirements of Thailand Retirement Visa Substantive Conditions Being a retirement visa, only persons who are 50 years of age or above can

The documentary requirements are enumerated below.

apply. There must be no prohibition on his or her entry. For example, he or she cannot enter the kingdom if he or she is suffering from any of the prohibitive diseases

▫ Passport with a validity of no less than 18 months. ▫ Completed visa application forms with

specified in the Thai Ministerial Regulation

the corresponding photograph attached

No.14 (B.E. 2535). Some of the prohibitive

(the photograph must be taken within

diseases are tuberculosis; elephantiasis;

the last six months).

leprosy; third step of syphilis; drug

▫ Accomplished personal data form.

addiction; and alcoholism.

▫ A copy of bank statement stating that a deposit equal or greater than THB 800,000

Moreover, he or she must not possess

or income statement indicating that his

a criminal record in his or her country of

or her monthly salary is no less than

nationality; or residence; or in Thailand.

THB 65,000.

He or she must likewise have no intention to engage in any form of employment during his or her stay.

▫ Original copy of a letter from the bank guaranteeing the sufficiency of funds. ▫ Letter certifying that he or she has no criminal record issued by the authorised

Documentary Conditions


government agency within three months

A retirement visa applicant can submit an

prior the submission of the visa application.

application before the Royal Thai Consulate

▫ Medical certificate showing he or she does

stationed in his or her permanent residence

not suffer from any of the prohibited

or country of nationality.

diseases as described above.

Steps Involved in Obtaining a Retirement Visa

Benefits of Retiring in Thailand

Household items can also be brought

Step 1: Obtain a Non-Immigrant Visa


brought in within six months of entry.

Obtain a non-immigrant type visa from

The Thais are very sweet; warm; and

any Thai Embassy or Consulate in the world.

hospitable people. Despite the recent

Alternatively, a tourist visa may also be

political unrest and calamities that beset

converted into a non-immigrant visa within

them, Thais are still quick to offer a smile.

Thailand after arrival.

This may also be the reason why Thailand

Step 2: Apply for the Non-Immigrant “O-A” Visa Apply for the retirement visa or “O-A”

Conclusion As can be seen, retiring in Thailand can be a relatively straightforward process and indeed it does appear

Climate and Topography

to ensure that retiring and living in

Thailand has a tropical climate which is basically high both in temperature and

after submitting all the required documents

humidity; thus more suited for retirees

as described above. Once approved,

suffering from arthritis. With this climate,

individuals must attend the Immigration

they no longer have to endure the burdening

Office for this step and sign the necessary

back ache brought about by shoveling snow

documents in the presence of an officer.

on the driveway to pick up some milk.

Step 3: Report to Immigration Office

Cost of Living

■ Obtain an ‘extension of stay’ for the

The price of almost everything in

remaining period up to 12 months.

Thailand is relatively cheaper compared

■ There is a requirement for holders of

to that of the US as well as the European

this visa to report to the Immigration Office

countries. The rental rates of apartments

every 90 days in order to verify your

and condominium units are fair as well,

current address. It is also important to

although the dues are higher for buildings

apply for a re-entry permit from the

located in cities such as Bangkok and

Immigration Office should travel in and

Pattaya or resort islands such as Phuket

out of the country be required.

or Koh Samui.

Once the ‘extension of stay’ expires,

free provided that the goods are

is known as the “Land of Smiles.”

visa at the Immigration Office in Thailand

Step 4: Renewal of the Retirement Visa

into the country both duty and tax

the government has taken measures Thailand is a memorable and worthwhile exercise. As long as the basic conditions stipulated above have been met, the visa and the renewal process which goes with it, should be quite hassle free.

Government Incentives Retirees are given priority by the Thai

the visa may be renewed once again on

Immigration. They are issued a special visa

the premise that the conditions as stipulated

known as “O-A” Thailand Retirement Visa

in the original application remain valid

which are presently issued by the Royal

and unchanged.

Thai consulates and embassies abroad.

Kert Stavorn is partner at Siam Legal International based in Thailand, and can be contacted by email:


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PROPERTY PROFILE STORY : Phil Teese IMAGES : Courtesy of Hunter Sothebys International Realty



Live Like a Superstar As Phuket evolves into the latest ‘in’ playground for the rich and famous, more and more celebrities, including Hollywood actors, rock stars and the world’s corporate wheelers and dealers are opting to spend their holidays here.



ut you would be hard pressed to find them mingling with the mob on Soi Bangla, or brushing shoulders with the backpackers at the roadside noodle stalls

or souvenir markets. These high-flyers want to spend their holidays away from the madding crowds, and they stay in places which provide all the little luxuries they are used to, a doting staff to fulfill their whims and wishes, a pool or two and most of all, complete privacy. Villa Chan Grajang, on the Ayara Estate in Surin is such a place. Perched high on a mountain overlooking Surin Beach on Phuket’s west coast, this six bedroom, two villa complex boasts stunning views over the Andaman from almost very room, two swimming pools, spacious open sundecks, landscaped terrace gardens, a private putting green, and absolute seclusion, well away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi, autograph hunters and sundry other nosy Parkers. The villa has been home-away-from-home to many celebrities since it was completed about 18 months ago.



Their names are a closely kept secret and the property owner’s representative, Joanne Baylis, is tight lipped about their identities, and everything else about her famous guests. But the property is now on the market, and if the new owner decides to live there full time, the celebrities will have to look elsewhere for their ‘perfect’ holiday accommodation. Created by renowned Hong Kong designer Angela Hall for international investment banker Giles Scott, the property features a simple, open plan


design with lots of decking and folding floor-to-ceiling picture windows, all crafted to provide stunning, uninterrupted views out over Surin Beach and Bangtao Bay. The layout also allows the villa to capture the all important, cooling sea breezes. The dÊcor has a contemporary feel about it, with lots of wooden sculptures and Balinese decorations to balance the modern design and give it that perfect rustic mix. The impressive entrance, next to the four-car garage, leads into the main entertaining area which overlooks a 22-metre infinity pool and one of the world’s most spectacular sea views.




A dining area off to the right, with a fully equipped kitchen and bar, and an impressive solid timber dining table, would be the perfect setting for a dinner party as the sun sinks into the sea. The table is so heavy, it took more than 20 very strong men to manoeuvre it into place. The timber floors throughout are decorated with large cow skin rugs which are perfect for this tropical setting. The main lounge area off to the left is furnished with comfortable settees, and the decking just below it, comes complete with an array of ultra-comfortable loungers and sun umbrellas. Ideal for a cold drink and a chat.


No Need to Leave Home

In the main villa, the master bedroom is set high above the rest of the house, and

A glass-bottomed bridge leads down to the

like all of the other bedrooms, it boasts a

swimming pool, and a set of steps leads down from there

spectacular panoramic view over Surin Bay

to the games room and bar, which comes complete

which is guaranteed to kickstart every day

with a three-quarter sized billiard table, assorted board

with a smile. Each bedroom also has its own

games, a dart board, and its own wine cellar. The walls

private sundeck. The jaw-dropping sunsets

are adorned with classic movie posters and rare

and the regular fireworks displays over Surin

photographs of stars such as Marlon Brando, Brigit Bardot,

Beach are an added bonus.

Sean Connery, Marilyn Monroe and the infamous ‘Rat Pack’ - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

The bedrooms each have a spacious ensuite, with black marble benchtops and

The staff quarters, kitchen and laundry are on the

black granite flooring. Vaulted ceilings

same level, but are discretely shielded from the guest

throughout give the rooms a spacious feel.

areas. The property features two separate villas: the

The manicured terraced gardens below the

main building with four bedrooms, and the two-bedroom

main pool would be the perfect setting for a

‘guest villa’. Each villa has its own swimming pool. A sala

garden party, or some pitching and putting

sits beside the main pool, providing the perfect setting for

practice on the full-sized, three-hole

an afternoon massage.

professional private putting green.





A well equipped gymnasium and fitness room and an office area on the lower level make this property ideal for those who need to keep in touch with the outside commercial world. Glass-paneled fences surround the pools and the stairwells, and the floors and walkways have all been treated with anti-slip. An outdoor barbecue area compliments the well-equipped kitchen, and the outdoor areas are lit up at night by candlelight.

At Your Service The more compact second villa, which is independent from the main villa, is perfect for house guests. It has its own swimming pool directly off the lounge area, two bedrooms, and the same spectacular ocean views as the main house. A full time staff of seven, including two highly acclaimed chefs, are on hand 24/7 to look after guests, and fulfill their every wish. There are even in-house spa treatments available. The property is low maintenance, and the staff take care of everything, from the cooking and housekeeping to the painting and plumbing. “The villa is run like a five-star hotel, but without any other guests,” said Joanne. “Everything anyone could ever want is here. We find that when guests stay here, they go out for dinner once when they first arrive, then stay in for every other meal. The chefs are two of the best on the island.” With two swimming pools, there is no need for guests to go looking for somewhere to cool off, but if they feel the need to feel some sand between their toes, Surin Beach is only two minutes away. “Surin is the Knightsbridge of Phuket,” said Joanne. “It has some great beachside restaurants, a good nightlife, and there is always something to do there.” The property is currently on the market for USD 8 million. For further information, contact Andrew Hunter at Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty on +66 (0)85 069 8070 or by email at


PROPERTY PROFILE STORY : James Barnes IMAGES : Courtesy of Elite Property Services


With An Artist



Alexander Tinti was born in Austria, studied arts, medicine, philosophy and science, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and after a few years working for the Vienna State Opera as stage director, he moved to Germany then to New York City, designing and directing for various theatres and on to Cambodia. He came to Thailand to focus exclusively on painting but now, a move to Bali, where he has completed a book and is working on several film productions, means that his fabulous Chiang Mai house is on the market.


A Masterpiece Mansion

interior design.” His theatrical bent has formed a dwelling that is dramatic

“I left Bangkok for Chiang Mai

and at the same time, understated.

five years ago,” he says, “I wanted more green and less concrete. When


The house has long, covered

I found this house, it was not very

terraces forming an extended living

attractive and stood practically on

space from the indoor reception to

wasteland. My idea was to renovate

the swimming pool and is designed

it until I could find a plot to my liking.

for casual entertaining- there is even

The plan was to design a new house

a full sized championship snooker

and sell this one. In the process

table to enjoy alongside the tranquil

though, I started to fall in love with

outdoors sitting room. Indoors, the

this place and decided to stay.”

rooms are large and spacious and

Alexander’s sophisticated brushstrokes

include a western style kitchen

have remodelled a traditional teak

reminiscent of a farmhouse design,

Thai house to create a veritable

guest bathroom, a vast artist’s studio,

masterpiece. “Step by step I changed

as well as three generously sized

almost everything except the outer

bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms.

shell: new floor plan, doors, windows,

The studio could easily be converted

ceilings, bathrooms, and the whole

to two bedroom suites, and the owner





has plans to build two guesthouses,

lived in a straw-hut without electricity

which would be concealed in the

except for a few solar cells to pump

gardens, and to extend the house

water for the vegetable garden and

upwards to build two more bedrooms

with two water buffaloes as pets!

and a huge roof terrace. This creates

He says, “It was a beautiful time,”

the possibility of a property with nine

and maybe it was this experience

bedrooms all set in a just under two rai

that paved the way for the most

plot that is hidden away in the small

outstanding feature of this extraordinary

and sleepy Thai village of Ban Pla

Chiang Mai property; the garden.

Man, Mae Rim. Nearby is the renowned

It was a completely blank canvass

Prem International School, one of

when he arrived. “I wanted to create

the finest in Southeast Asia, and an

the highest biodiversity possible on

upmarket resort spa.

the land. I poured in 40 truckloads of

A Blank Canvass

fertile earth from the river and set up a completely chemical-free, organic garden.” No synthetic fertilisers or

Alexander studied Thai art and

insecticides, no killing and no burning

then spent almost three years in the

have been allowed here. “So far I

province of Ubon Ratchathani on

have counted 56 resident and

an experiment in self-sufficiency. He

visiting bird species,” he continues,




“The pond is in perfect ecological

actually is.” The artist’s eye has also

equilibrium and is crystal clear without

profited the planting with a palette

a filter system.” A combination of

that has provided exciting combinations

certain fish and plant varieties keep

of colour and texture. There is a

it clean and adds to the verdant

graceful standing Buddha (Ayutthaya,

tranquillity which makes it impossible

early 1700’s), “It is a real museum

to believe that it is just a 20 minute

piece,” Alexander enthuses, and a

drive to Chiang Mai city centre.

stone Buddha at the pond in the dining area (Dawaravati, 8. /9. Century).

Everything is recycled and a

Butterflies flit and dragon flies buzz

pile of compost is the heart of the

over the scene and joyous birdsong

garden. EM (effective micro organisms)

seems to be celebrating the creation.

speeds up composting and helps the

It all adds up the most peaceful,

plants in the pond to keep it clean.

artistic ambience.

“We make the EM on site and it’s as easy as making yoghurt!” he jokes. His

Secret pathways snake between

theatre design skills have been put to

the shrubs to reveal the delightful

stunningly effective use. “I designed

surprise of yet another exotic plant

the gardens like a stage with perspectives

and lead to covered outhouses in

that make it look even larger than it

which a variety of organic vegetables


are grown. Tucked away and out

Services of Chiang Mai. Patrick told

of sight from the house is a sturdy

Tropical Living: “This is a very special,

chicken coup for a ready supply of

magical property. Alexander Tinti has

fresh organic eggs. Here too, spacious

created a place that still has plenty

staff quarters can be found. Closer to

of room to expand and his shady

the house, adjacent to the swimming

planting in the garden was designed

pool, is a marvellous, thatched

to obviate air conditioning in the

shower, organically shaped into the

house.” Patrick says, “I imagine

symmetrically perfect Yin-Yang symbol,

that the buyer will be someone who

the Tai Chi emblem of balance

appreciates quiet calm and who has

and completeness and it is an excellent

an empathy with the natural world.

and appropriate definition of

We can arrange the purchase or rent

Alexander’s subtle design genius

of this splendid retreat.” The house is

and his superb sensitivity towards the

a hidden gem in the cultural capital

natural wonder of the world.

of Thailand and a triumphal tribute

A Very Magical Property

to the man whose hard work and art created it.

The agent dealing with the sale is Patrick Mulcahy of Elite Property


PROPERTY PROFILE STORY : Voralak Suwanvanichkij IMAGES : Courtesy of Sansiri



Coveted Address PrivÊ by Sansiri offers the ultimate living experience in the heart of Bangkok’s central business district.


A seasoned player in Thailand’s real estate sector, Sansiri collaborated with international architectural firm Palmer & Turner and landscaper TROP Co., Ltd. on the project. “We have worked with both firms on other developments and maintain mutually enhancing relations,” she remarks. Preen, another of Sansiri’s top-of-the-line properties, is also located in Soi Ruamrudee. Privé has been completed at the end of June 2010. Units are ready for viewing and an open house event is slated for mid-July.

Rare Find Life in the metropolis of Bangkok is exciting and invigorating. The city streets are alive with an overwhelming choice of sumptuous dining, shopping and entertainment options. The city never sleeps, which is why living at Privé is a true haven in the centre of all the action. Dusadee Tancharoen, vice president of marketing and product development at Sansiri, the project developer, explains that the attributes and appeal of the 14-storey building are due to its unique locale. “The building is at the intersection of Soi Ruamrudee and Wireless Road, one of the most coveted addresses in Bangkok’s central business district,” she says. “The prestigious location naturally lends itself to a premium-level development. This, with its relatively low density and surrounding greenery ensures complete privacy and serenity.” The building is within walking distance to the verdant expanses of Suan Lumpini, Bangkok’s largest public park. Major thoroughfares such as Sathorn, Silom, Chidlom, Ploenchit, Sukhumvit, and Rama IV are also easily accessed. Added to the convenience of being in the midst of every convenience, including offices, five-star hotels, dining venues, shops, and mass transit lines, Privé is an urbanite’s dream. Additionally, all units are freehold, “very rare for the area,” says Dusadee.


Urban Character

and ample built-in furniture, including closets, cabinets, and counters, or “everything but

Privé contains 78 units, ranging from

loose furniture,” says Dusadee. Kitchens boast

one-bedroom to penthouse condominiums.

high-end appliances from SieMatic and Miele.

One-bedroom units are 54 to 67 sq m in area;

Three-bedroom and penthouse units have

two-bedroom units are 93 to 104 sq m;

separate maid’s quarters. Penthouses also

three-bedroom condos are 136 to 169 sq m;

feature a wine cellar, separate Thai kitchen for

and four-bedroom penthouse units contain

preparation of more pungent Asian dishes,

263 to 294 sq m of space. The number of

and yard space.

bathrooms corresponds to the number of bedrooms in each unit.

Additionally, seven rooms, comprised of one-bedroom to penthouse units, are fully

All homes sport private balconies, home automation systems such as lighting controls,

furnished and available for sale and immediate occupancy. Dusadee explains: “Such units Dusadee Tancharoen


are inspired by various styles of urban

striving for the sophisticated modern

home décor, with their own furnishings

contemporary look with a luxurious feel in

are further enhanced by automatic

and character. We played with different

terms of design and materials,” she says.

membership with the localised global

colour schemes, patterns, and textures

Privé’s lobby echoes this sensibility,

concierge service Quintessentially. From

in each case.”

featuring plenty of muted hues, subtle

booking last-minute travel arrangements

textures and patterns, clean lines, and

and restaurant reservations to

floor-to-ceiling glass.

securing tickets for worldwide events,

One room, for example, appeals to refined male tastes, “the bachelor pad if you will,” with plenty of dark wood,

Unparalleled Amenities

personalised service “that helps manage

To complement the living experience,

“Quintessentially specialists on hand

“with contrasting hues of pink and

Privé’s amenities include SIRI Service,

offer the latest news, views and insider

green, and other bright colours and

Sansiri’s signature concierge service that

information on everything from travel to

patterns,” she explains. Another room

handles everyday tasks, from delivering

fashion, lifestyle trends, theatre, culture

invokes a sense of “Oriental modernity,”

drinking water to picking up laundry and

and the arts, nightlife, entertainment

with Asian-inspired prints, furniture,

arranging for on-demand housekeeping.

and much more.”

and design.

SIRI Service also serves as a property management consultancy and agency,

Despite each room’s unique character, “we drew inspiration from Armani Casa,


Quintessentially is an around-the-clock customers’ hectic lives.” Also,

stainless steel, and leather. A room dubbed “Colour-mania” is more playful,

Buyers’ comfort and convenience

For residents who choose to stay in,

tending to “everything and anything

a rooftop swimming pool and clubhouse

related to home care,” says Dusadee.

provide plenty of opportunities for

relaxation and recreation. Bordered

target buyers are generally

by an extensive wooden terrace,

business owners or executives

the black-tiled pool also provides

who work in the city. Most are

“reflected or dual views of the sky

Thais; however, Sansiri’s sales

and surrounding landscaping,

team is well versed in foreign

creating interesting visuals,” says

ownership requirements

Dusadee. Other facilities include

and regulations.

his and her locker and steam rooms and a well-equipped fitness centre.

When asked if signs of market recovery could be extinguished by Bangkok’s

Wi-fi internet is available in

recent political turmoil, Dusadee

common spaces such as the

remains optimistic, saying:

lobby and facilities floor. Security is

“Buyer interest continues and

ensured by 24-hour guard service

luxury condos are still selling.” At

and CCTV. Underground parking is

present, over 70% of Privé has

available for all units. To circumvent

been sold.

traffic on the main roads, tuk tuks provide shuttle service through

Dusadee also refers back to

the soi to the nearby Ploenchit

the lack of comparable supply

BTS station.

in the neighbourhood as well

Target Market

For more information: Tel: 1685

as the resiliency of the market. “People are always going to want to live in the city centre,

Prices range from THB 10 to 60

especially when all the right

million, according to unit size and

elements – luxury, privacy, quiet,

furnishings. Dusadee explains that

and convenience – are present.” 5467C



Living Galleries A selection of art galleries from around the region.


Advertorial ML Laksasubha talks interiors at Absolutely Fabulous furniture store.


Living Essentials Opposites attract with stunning back and white decorating ideas.


Sundaram Tagore Gallery Hong Kong

Sundaram Tagore Gallery opened its doors in 2000 with a mission to foster the exchange of ideas between different cultures. With three locations in New York, Hong Kong and Beverly Hills, the stable of transnational artists straddles the terrain of east and west. The artists hail from such countries as India, Japan, Korea, Uzbekistan, Mexico, Europe and America. The galleries have become known for cultural activities and collaborative events across the world.

Location: 57-59 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Contact: +852 2581 9678



The Gallery @ Starhill

Kuala Lumpur

The Gallery @ Starhill engages diverse audiences in powerful experience of artistic invention and serves as a catalyst for the creation of new works that inspire and challenge. The Gallery knows that art is important, as looking at art can provide a much needed refuge for reflection, sympathy, quietude, inspiration, and even ecstasy in this increasingly chaotic world. Looking further can deepen knowledge of cultures and artistic practice, develop and hone observational skills, reveal insights into history, and encourage creative, analytical, and autonomous thinking. Art can be funny, and it can make you cry. Having all these in mind, The Gallery is dedicated to the Location:

FF03, FF06 & FF07 Muse Floor, Starhill Gallery,

promotion of Malaysian contemporary

181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

artists. Exhibitions are organised at regular


+603 2143 3323

intervals throughout the year for artists to


showcase new works.




H GALLERY was established in 2002 by American, H. Ernest Lee with the primary purpose of representing a selected group of emerging contemporary Asian artists. H GALLERY is located in a late 19c colonial building in downtown Bangkok, Thailand where a programme of exhibitions as well as an ongoing, rotating installation of works by gallery artists may be seen.



201 Sathorn Soi 12, Bangkok


+66 (0) 81 310 4428


ART HK Hong Kong

Million dollar sales of artworks by Zhang Xiaogang and Damien Hirst, plus high-priced sales of works by Anish Kapoor and Yoshitomo Nara, reconfirmed ART HK’s status as Asia’s premier art fair. The four-day art fair, which ran from 27-30 May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), attracted 155 galleries from 29 countries presenting works by more than 1,000 artists – with total visitors at 46,115, up 65% on 2009.

Major transactions at ART HK 10 included: The Inescapable Truth, by Damien Hirst (2005) – the first formaldehyde work by the artist to be shown in China – was sold by White Cube for GBP 1.75 million. Green Wall - Husband and Wife, by Zhang Xiaogang (2010) was sold by Pace Beijing for USD 1 million. Galerie Lelong sold Sean Scully’s More Light (1988) for USD 750,000. Anish Kapoor’s Untitled (2010) was sold by Lisson Gallery for GBP 550,000. Sperone Westwater sold Liu Ye’s Composition with Bamboo and Grass (2007-08) for USD 650,000. Yoshitomo Nara’s Rock’n Roll the Roll (2009) was sold by Marianne Boesky Gallery for USD 350,000.

Art connoisseurs including high profile collectors jetted in especially for the fair from China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, across Europe and the United States. The event was also attended by the world’s most influential museum directors. Visit the website for details of next year’s show. Location: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre Contact: +852 2918 8793 Website:


Luxury Living with A

s a businesswoman, hotelier and international socialite, M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon, is one of Thai society’s most prominent figures. The daughter of a diplomat, M.R. Suttiswat Kridakon and great granddaughter of HRH Prince Krisda Bhiniham Krom Phra Naresra Varariddhi, she grew up in foreign countries such as Australia, France and Hungary. Her exposure to the many cultures and nationalities across the globe has influenced her style sense. While she appreciates luxurious home furnishings, she values quality and craftsmanship over a brand’s name or label. M.L. Laksasubha is the founder and owner of the beautiful Baan Laksasubha Resort in Hua Hin. The busy mother of two shares that, “When I come home from a long day, I enjoy evenings in my living room. Because it is a place for relaxation, the décor must be natural, inviting and very elegant”. Absolutely Fabulous caught her eye, as she believes the furniture brand has all of these qualities. “When I say I like to feel comfortable, I still want my home to look good and know that I have high quality pieces”, she continues. The natural and reclaimed teak used for Absolutely Fabulous’ products is handcrafted and stained by highly skilled Indonesian craftsmen. “It’s the human touch that makes our furniture so special”, explains owner Paveena McLean. The Brown Line for Absolutely Fabulous is the brand’s original line and is available in the Classic or Contemporary collections. “The Brown Line was the birth of my main manufacturer”, she adds. While the brand’s English and Italian designers fuse European and Asian inspirations to create unique and timeless pieces, it is the finishing touches that add to the furniture’s appeal. The dying and staining process for



M.L. Laksasubha

STORY : Stephanie Roy IMAGES : Courtesy of Absolutely Fabulous PHOTOGRAPHER : Chavalit Kamolthammanon

the Brown Line is eco-friendly, non-toxic and uses natural umbalao. It’s sent to Absolutely Fabulous in dry form, and later used to produce the distinctive dye used for both the Classic and Contemporary collections. And, while Absolutely Fabulous is aware of the rampant duplication and copyright infringements that plague the local industry, the brand assures that its production technology and the specific attention to craftsmanship and detail is quite difficult to replicate. Absolutely Fabulous’ products, especially the Brown Line, are popular with M.L. Laksasubha and many other customers, due to its versatility within the home. “The Dark Line is quite easy to decorate with, and it is classic, luxurious and most importantly soft”, says the hotelier. Showroom: 142/40-41 Sathorn Soi 12, North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangkok Tel: +66(0)2 635 2040




Opposi Attract




STIL Monochrome


Opposites Attract

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The use of white and black in decorating can create a stunning and dramatic effect. There’s a rule in decorating that says that “every room can use a touch of black.” You might think this is strange if you have a room of pastels or jewel tones. But think a minute. Using the colour black adds a focal point of colour that grounds, anchors, and adds a sophisticated look to a room. Black in accessories, light fixtures, trims, paint, or in one bold piece of furniture will help to catch the eye and sharpen any decorating scheme. It will serve as an outline that sets off specific areas or objects. Black by itself is striking! But to get real drama and spark, pair black with white. The use of black and white in decorating gives a fresh, clean, and unquestionably sophisticated and elegant look to any room. Black and white are a perfect colour combination for any decorating style. Contemporary interiors often combine black and white with sleek metals. Country French decorating is also set off with this colour combination. If you’re afraid of using just black and white, add variety by adding areas of yellow, pink, camel, red, or purple for a striking look. Keeping black and white prominent, however, preserves the elegant effect. 89


The Magic Monochrome

Create crisp black and white schemes in a distinctive French monochromatic style for a chic and classic look. This gorgeous style is being recreated by design firm MONOCHROMEINC, a boutique design studio now open in Asia. The black and white schemes offset by sparking metallics and glass with bold splashes of exquisite colour accents, create striking spaces that are timeless and memorable. Owner-designer Andrew Loader has travelled the globe as a luxury hotelier and understands the importance of creating environments that allow people to feel uplifted and inspired in the comfort of their home. “I appreciate the beauty of simplicity and I have a passion for schemes that reflect elegance, style and refinement, all of which I bring to life in my designs.� MONOCHROMEINC. offers a personalised client consultancy to create designs for individual rooms or complete houses and apartments as well as full project management. The studio also presents a range of individually handmade furniture, along with wallpapers, fabrics and accessories.



STIL Styled Steel For a modern, minimalist look, introduce eye catching shapes and clean lines to your home with unique furniture and accessories made from steel. STIL is a Thai company producing innovative designs that aim to be different. With state of the art technology and years of experience and expertise in metal formation, STIL has created a simple yet charming range of products that impress as well as function, each item is available in black and white only.

Polaris Stool Merging the sophisticated metal-folding techniques with the inspiration from geometrical concepts, have arrived at the Polaris Family. Made with emphasis on the eye-catching “twist” designs, they have a dynamic style, which changes each time you see them from a different angle.

Mha Hot A simple-looking board game with a perfect combination of precision and good humour. Mha Hot also serves as a decorative item that will pleasantly liven up your working space. This name, Mha Hot, originates from the word Mhak Hot in Thai, meaning the game of chess. And since the playing pieces are in the shape of a dog, STIL lovingly name this item as ‘Mha Hot’.


Little Witty Dining Chair Another no-ordinary chair, created by skilled metal folding techniques.

Mahyao Bench Mahyao is an elegant and classic bench showing fine patterns on the sides. The patterns are perforated by laser-cutting technique on a one-by-one basis which ensures the detail and precision during its production. It holds a certain charm and is perfect for your lounge or under shades in the garden for relaxation.

Ribbons Hanger Set Ribbons are the creative hangers inspired by the free-flowing shape of ribbons. Every piece of Ribbon has been made with precise and detailed production procedures to allow for superb function, as well as creative design.


Courageous Chair The RIN™ chair, designed by Japanese designer Hiromichi Konnois, is fantastic in plastic. The Japanese word RIN means an appearance that is stunning, elegant and courageous, which is fitting for such a multifunctional chair that can be paired with a wide range of tables depending on your needs. The chair is created in harmony with Japanese and Danish design traditions. It’s elegant with a very innovative and progressive design. It invites you to sit in it for hours taking the traditional chair design into a new direction. The chair is currently available in black and white with or without upholstery. The shell is made of polypropylene and the base is polished aluminium. Stockist: Aviva Décor, Tel +66 (0)2685 3676-8


from Armani Casa

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from your properties to your pastimes


Nautical News New launches and yachting updates.


Living Tips Visit two happily retired residents for their view on life in Thailand.


Living Active Take a couples break in Hua Hin where you’ll find great golf courses and spas.

NAUTICAL NEWS Complied by Marc Davies

Andara Launches

Luxury Yacht Cruise


ndara Phuket’s romantic customised Italian designed yachts are now

available to cruise the Andaman Sea and nearby islands. The two luxury Baglietto motor yachts named Andara (85 ft) and Celebrity (107 ft), are both available for private charter for a half day, full day or overnight cruise. The yachts are both fully air conditioned and decorated to Andara’s luxury standards, complete with sun loungers and sofas, a top deck dining lounge and the latest high tech audio and visual entertainment systems. The full crew, private chef and hostess are also on hand to take care of guests needs.

Fairline Announce New 50ft Squadron


uxury motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Boats is adding to the latest generation Squadron

range with the introduction of a 50ft model, scheduled for launch during summer 2011. With its cleverly designed interior layout arrangement, the three cabin, three ensuite Squadron 50 provides an unsurpassed amount of living space in its class. The master cabin provides the size of accommodation that would normally be expected on a yacht of 60ft plus. Panoramic hull windows and overhead glazing add natural light into the cabin, further contributing to the feeling of spaciousness. The two guest cabins each feature their own ensuite with full sized shower. The development of the Squadron 50 follows the success of the award-winning Squadron 55 and Squadron 65, which were introduced to great acclaim in 2008 and 2009, respectively. The latest model, a Squadron 41 is being introduced this summer and will make her first show appearances at the Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show and the PSP Southampton Boat Show, both taking place in September.


New Ferretti 800 Broadens The Horizons of Design O

ver the years, innovation in technology, design and style have enabled the Ferretti brand to become one of the most representative on the market, not only in the nautical industry, but more generally as an Italian-made product worldwide. The new Ferretti 800 is designed by architect Gianni Zuccon from Studio Zuccon International Project and Ferretti Group’s AYT – Advanced Yacht Technology. The shipyard continues to renew its range, combining the original Ferretti Yachts style with both exploration and the re-examination of planning and design.

The resulting yacht features generous interior spaces and a layout which is characteristic of larger yachts, combined with a winning external line, enriched by the use of colour, in which large glazed surfaces are a characteristic element of the external design, also guaranteeing exceptional lighting inside.


Marc Newson

Limited Edition Riva


n a highly anticipated collaboration, Marc Newson has partnered with Riva and their

official designers, Officina Italiana Design, to reinterpret the ‘Aquariva’ speedboat. The Aquariva by Marc Newson will be launched as a limited edition of just 22 units in September 2010, available worldwide through

the seamless ability of designers and industry to produce every

Gagosian Gallery.

conceivable type of industrial product, from furniture to automobiles. My own career has undoubtedly been influenced by the Italians’

“As a kid obsessed with designing and

ability to impact so many areas of design,” says Marc Newson.

making things, post-war Italian design was a

“That influence is fully evident in Aquariva by Marc Newson,

huge source of inspiration. I was amazed by

my first nautical design project for the iconic Italian brand.”

Special Two Weekend Show at Fano Yacht Festival, Italy T he Fano Yacht Festival, the Adriatic boat show, has recently completed its 6th edition which covered two full weekends of events. The annual show is the perfect place to see the latest the market has to offer with prestigious boats from Italian and international shipyards and a new dedicated area for sail boats. Also this year, particular attention was placed on the latest innovations in low environmental impact vessels.


During the Fano Yacht Festival the vessels were tested everyday, as visitors easily reserved test runs at sea thanks to the unique services. The festival had six days of initiatives, sports events, shows, awards ceremonies and presentations. To visit next years prestigious Fano Yacht Festival, keep checking for the new 2011 dates.

Phuket Home Destination for Superyachts T

he general manager Asia Pacific Superyachts, Gordon Fernandes in Phuket, views Asia as the new home destination for superyachts. Fernandes reports, “For a long time the Caribbean has been seen as the stomping ground for yachts, Asia has been the poor relative. Much of that is changing, and Asia is set to boom with Phuket as a new yachting hub. More yachts are visiting Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific region each year, complementing the increasing numbers of superyachts calling these areas in Asia, home”. The Asia Pacific Superyachts affiliated companies are meeting the challenge of the growing increase of visiting superyachts,

with a fully supported office in each region. Fernandes said “by using local knowledge and experience gained by each of our regional offices, we have developed a comprehensive and unique range of services to support superyachts throughout the Asia Pacific region. Each office provides experts with in-depth yachting experience, local knowledge, important connections and the capability to handle any request or problem in a timely and professional manner”


What are the vicissitudes of retirement in Thailand? This month we talk to two retirees who are spending their golden days with a tropical lifestyle and prove that retired expats are not oyster eyed human flotsam and jetsam who have washed ashore in Thailand to take beer with their breakfast. What do they do with their time? What are their top tips for happiness abroad and why did they choose Thailand?

Is There Life After Work- in Thailand? F

red Majoor w as born in Amsterdam, Th e Netherland s and describes himself as, “65 years young!” This jovial and energetic Dut chman spent all his working life in design. He specialised in art direction and styling ph otographic shoots and he was managin g director of his own compa ny for more th an 30 years. He retired in 20 01 and after m any tourist trips to Thailand , regularly stay ing at the Amanpuri Ho tel, Fred decide d to design his own villa in Phuket and liv e there full time. “When I stopped work, I had my choice to stay anywhere in th e world. I had fallen in love with the Surin beach area so it was a really easy de cision.”

“To me, old a ge is always 15 years older than I a m.” Bernard Be ruch. Fred is never bo

red, he is mor e grandfatherly , and his endless enthus iasm is contag ious: “There is always som ething to do. I take care of two villas and am now desig ning a third! I love garden ing and have a passion for walking around the local mar kets to buy food and find exotic trees an d plants.” avuncular than


W in which vertible BM n o c y rt o f He has a sp ts plenty o t and mee ke u h P s re and he explo good food he enjoys m o h w h it pals w r the world om all ove fr s d n ie fr ve drink. “I ha er joy is to nd. Anoth lla o H m o fr ed and many et savvy Fr als.” Intern e m c ti n a y email. cook rom contact b e c n ta is d long maintains

ve that nce to pro a h c a is “All I ask py.” ke me hap a m ’t n a c money an. Spike Millig

ns are not ple, pensio o e p h tc u d “For D nd importe from cars a rt a p a d n taxed a 50% less d is at least n ila a Th s, good country European y n a n a th !” expensive like royalty t I can live a th s n a e which m pecuniary ot just the n is it r, e v is have Howe njoys, “Tha e d e Fr t a e th is advantag ethic that eople.” An p r e ld o r res. respect fo stern cultu m most we o fr g n si is ice Thais. sadly m credibly n in y n a m t so ere; the “I have me g for me h in in sh s y a lw The sun is a s are the e world, a th in st e b re food is the an and the ket air is cle u h P e Th s. plenty beache omes with nce that c ra u ss a re highest is the als with the it sp o h l a n o of internati world can else in the re e h W s. standard

you see the sun rise on the beac h, read your one day ol d newspaper w ith a fresh orange juice in one of the man y beach restaurants, have some exercise in your favourite health club, get seven people who clean your car inside and outside for pennies, or fill yo ur tank so chea ply? If you want to see othe r people, no pr oblem. When you wan t to sleep unde r a coconut tree on a deserte d beach, you ca n. Where else can you go shopping for a vacuum cleaner but co me back with on e kilo of fresh tiger praw ns? IN THAILAND , EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE!” So what is the w orst thing abou t retiring in Thaila nd? “The worst? ” Fred is incredulous, “The worst is that I di d not do it 20 years earlie r! I would advise anyone to do it and do it now. Don’t w ait! Ask your accountant ab out the benefit s and start your planning ea rly.”


the natural beauty and to explore Buddhism. There is a less aggressive pace of life than in Europe and the day to day gentleness here is a wonderful contrast to the modus operandi in the west.” Christopher says that developing his own practise of the Buddhist philosophy has given him a rich but simple way to clear his mind and to cut out the extraneous noise that clutters the head.

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“One of the biggest taboos in the modern world is spirituality,” he explains, “we substitute our innate spirituality attempting to reinvent ourselves through technology and logging on to social networking websites. The great thing about retirement is that it provides an opportunity to pursue interests that are denied when you are preoccupied with chasing a career.” Christopher is not in the least pious and light heartedly endures a regular 17 hour bus ride from Chiang Mai to Ubon Ratchathani to visit his favourite temple. “And to overcome my physical inertia, I am learning Tai Chi- I’m not interested in being balletic- it is a martial art!”

“Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you, if you’re young at heart.” Frank Sinatra. “Being a tourist and living here are two very different things. Because of the cultural differences, especially the Thai custom of face saving, you have to learn new ways of filtering information and interpreting behaviour, don’t assume that you are being understood just

things there is an alarming disregard for because the Thai person you are

safety issues. Watch out for exposed

dealing with speaks English. No matter

electrical wires, blocked or uneven

how right you think you are, consider

pavements, pedestrian crossings or traffic

them. If you don’t, it will rebound, and it

lights that are completely ignored and the

will be you who looks the fool.” says

Thai motorcyclist with a family of three and

Christopher, wisely. “Relative to the

a dog on board who is talking into a mobile

average Thai, you will be seen as being

phone as he accelerates towards you when

able to afford luxuries but don’t fall into

you cross the road!”

the trap of being over flash with the cash and putting them in a position where they

“Unlike Europe, you don’t need to

cannot reciprocate but do accept Thai

register with a general practitioner here so

hospitality which they will really enjoy.

it is prudent to register with a local hospital

Being culturally sensitive is a constant

that enjoys a good reputation and make

challenge but knowing that there is still

sure you have made adequate healthcare

plenty to learn keeps you feeling young.”

provisions as consultations and treatment will have to be paid for.” Christopher says

“If you look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel.” Will Kommen. Christopher Stanley has plenty of sage

that he has found the healthcare available in Chiang Mai to be, “first class.” Can you cope with the hot season?

advice for anyone considering a Thai

Christopher observes that many visitors

retirement. “It’s a good idea to travel

arrive in the high season and enjoy the

around the country as there are enormous

warmth of the “cooler months”. He says,

differences between provinces and when

“It’s a good idea to try the hotter months

you have found somewhere you like, it is

first, before making any long term plans.

wise to stay there for at least three to six

You don’t want to be walking down the

months to make sure that you have made

street looking like someone is blowing a

the right decision before moving lock,

hair drier in your face!”

stock and barrel.” He recommends building up a good network of experienced expats who can provide

“Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.” Groucho Marx.

valuable local knowledge. It is clear that both these men have Checking visa regulations, rules

adapted and thrived in their retirement and

governing property ownership and

that there is lots of life after work in Thailand.

professional finance management are

Their recipe? Good planning, a sense of

also high on Christopher’s list of top tips

adventure, and most of all, a sense of fun.

for a worry free and successful retired life

Happy days.

in Thailand. “Thais exhibit major skills when delivering large projects but in smaller




Ginny and Baz were thrown together after 35 years of happy marriage. As professional people, they had played their individual roles in running a business and raising a family, but now in retirement, their “quality time” as one had become a little monotonous. By mutual consent, Baz started spending more time on the golf course – Ginny with friends at the spa, and they spent joint holidays where they needn’t get under each others feet.

Hua Hin became popular among kings and princes 89 years ago, when Prince Purachatra set the tourist ball rolling by building the Railway Hotel near the beach. Seven years later, King Rama VII built Klai Kang Won Palace as his Hua Hin haunt, 200 kilometres south of Bangkok. Klai Kang Won means “far from worries” and it wasn’t long before more royals followed such as Prince Chakrabongse and Prince Nares – one of King Rama V’s sons. Today, Hua Hin still possesses a regal presence and high-end tourist status. This quaint fishing town has somehow retained its original charm, with small winding lanes lined by Thai wooden dwellings, and platform restaurants standing on stilts drilled into the seabed, where diners can sample the succulent tastes of fresh seaside fare to the sounds of waves crashing beneath them. When Baz and Ginny arrived in Hua Hin, they began by dining out together. In a seashore eatery, the waiter hailed a Thai white wine as the perfect match for the fish they had ordered, and the first sip proved him right. Thai wine came into its own during the 1990s, and since then, Siam Winery has won awards at the Syrah du Monde in France and International Wine and Spirits Competition in London. With Siam Winery’s Hua Hin Hills Vineyard just down the road, Baz and Ginny decided to pay it a visit.



The Sala at Hua Hin Hills Vineyard overlooks 200 rai of green plantations. This Thai-style pavilion in tranquil setting offers vast information on viticulture and oenology, while serving wines made from home grown grapes – now exported to18 countries in Europe, Asia and the USA. In a cool-controlled wine cellar, Baz and Ginny sampled Monsoon Valley Wines, like the red - a spicy number with a hint of oak, and the white with its delicate citrus aroma, crisp acidity and medium length. The Vineyard Tour gave the couple a presentation of Siam Winery, with food, grape juice and more wine to taste, and it finished off with a ride round the grounds on the back of an elephant. Apart from their day at the vineyard; Baz and Ginny could have lazed on silvery sanded beaches, explored Phraya Nakorn Cave or Pa-la u Waterfall, or taken in the giant Buddha at Chopsticks Hill. There were plenty of fun things the pair could do in and around Hua Hin, but right now Ginny longed for a steam bath in total isolation, and Baz was itching to get out his golf clubs.

The Lady’s Choice After debating on where to stay in Hua Hin, Ginny had won her side of the argument. While Baz had thought that it might be nice to roll out of bed and onto the first tee, Ginny pictured a spa with a difference that she didn’t have to travel to. She couldn’t believe that Baz would reject the chance to stay at Chiva-Som; the “Haven of Life”, with its Thai pavilions, tropical gardens, sea view rooms, beach and spa. And he didn’t. During its 15 year existence, Chiva-Som has been regularly named in the Reader’s Travel Awards of Conde Nast Traveller (UK); and in 2009, readers of Travel + Leisure voted it “World’s Best Destination Spa”. Chiva-Som is a member of the Destination Spa Group and Healing Hotels of the World. Its claim to fame is, “Chiva-Som is about learning to live, enjoy and appreciate every moment, and in doing so; create a personal path to health and wellness.” This lavish resort provides a very wide range of accommodation, with a subtle blend of traditional Thai décor and every modern convenience. From the basic luxury of an Ocean View room, there is a choice of pavilions overlooking a lake in the tropical gardens, or a number of suites with varied amenities: the Herbal, Fragrance, Rainforest, and Golden Bo. But Baz and Ginny opted for the top of the range six-room Leelawadee Suite with butler, private garden, and terrace facing the Gulf of Thailand.



Baz took a drink onto the terrace and watched the sea sparkle, while Ginny perused the spa facilities while soaking in the Jacuzzi. The options were overwhelming – retreat programmes for healthy eating, inner peace, detox, fitness, natural healing, physical renewal, pampering, weight management, yoga and eternal youth. Ginny read that advanced and traditional methods are used at Chiva-Som in a tranquil and caring environment, where the clientele can reach true balance of mind, body and spirit. From the list of retreats available, Ginny narrowed it down to three. Adjusting to retirement had brought on unexpected stress, and a dose of inner peace therapy might be in order, with its flower remedies, Emotional Freedom Technique, massage, Watsu water therapy and meditation. Eternal youth sessions were also tempting, with their state-of-the-art aesthetic medicine such as cosmetic laser surgery and anti-aging practices. But in the end, Ginny couldn’t resist being pampered. The five-day programme included consultations, spa cuisine meals, water therapy, and fitness and leisure activities. There were daily massages, facial therapies or body cocoons and the Chiva-Som signature milk bath. Not to mention, the manicure and pedicure, and the hair intensive and Oriental foot rituals. These spa retreat programmes are ably supported by the food served at Chiva-Som, which won acclaim with SpaFinder Magazine Reader’s Choice Award for Best Spa Cuisine; and the Spa Asia Crystal Award for Best Spa Cuisine Menu. Chiva-Som chefs are fully convinced that just eating their food will improve health, and they’ll even teach guests how to cook it at home.


Freedom Fairway As Baz tiptoed out of the suite, golf clubs clunking over one shoulder, Ginny was sleeping soundly. Arguably, dawn is the best time to tee off in golf, and the Hua Hin region has plenty of courses from which to perform it. Being August when Baz arrived, the annual Hua Hin/Cha Am Golf Festival was in full swing; when green fees are greatly reduced and most clubs run competitions with prizes, including a car for a hole in one on the final day of this big event.


But today, Baz was playing at Black Mountain Golf Club. This tricky course has many holes that offer the choice of playing safe or going gung ho for the green. The par five, sixth is a fine example, where big hitters can drive over water and trees and make the green in two. The par four, seventh offers similar options, where a 230 yard tee shot will carry the water and leave a simple second; but playing safe makes it almost impossible to reach the green in regulation. Black Mountain’s ultramodern clubhouse is an architectural triumph that overlooks the entire golf course, with panoramic views of large lush greens, sculptured bunkers, white fluffy sand, bright blue lakes and emerald fairways surrounded by trees. And the black mountains reach far into Spoilt for choice, Baz picked three courses by

the distance. Baz didn’t win

pulling their names out of a hat. Created by golf

any prizes here, but he certainly

legend, Jack Nicklaus, and Schmidt and Curly Golf

enjoyed the round.

Design, the 27 holes at Springfield Royal Country Club were ranked among the top 10 in Thailand

While relaxing in a bath of

by Golf Digest. The course has variety, with one

milk, Ginny felt a twinge of

nine having a mountainous backdrop, another

guilt – Baz might be bored with

with lakes, and the third drops into a valley. The

being alone. So, that night over

carries from the tiger tees might be too long for the

dinner, she selflessly gazed into

average golfer, so five tee boxes are positioned

his eyes while he talked about

accordingly to accommodate all levels of skill.

Black Mountain Golf Club. He stopped and she smiled. “I

On a par with Springfield, Banyan Golf Club

really ought to take more

was awarded 2009’s Best New Golf Course in Asia

interest in golf,” she said, “go

Pacific by Asian Golf Magazine. This world-class

take a look – maybe even

championship course was designed as much for

have a lesson.” A broad grin

beauty as degree of difficulty. The par four, 14th

spread across Baz’s face and

has a picturesque stream and waterfall dividing

he clasped Ginny’s hand across

the fairway; and spectacular views of the sea to

the table. “What a great idea

the left and valleys and mountains to the right

darling,” he said, “You can do

feast the eye from the tee of the par three, 15th –

that, while I stay here and try

Banyan’s signature hole.

out the spa.”


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Tel: 02 365 0838-42 Fax: 02 381 6590 888 Sukhumvit 55 Road, Klongton Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok The Promenade Decor: Tel/Fax: 02 655 1665 2/4 Room 20 Ground Floor, Wireless Road, Lumpini, Patumwan, Bangkok B & B Italia Tel: 02 392 5460-2 125/1 Soi Thonglor 10, Sukhumvit 55 Road, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok Bitec Holding Co., Ltd. Tel: 02 376 0990 Fax: 02 376 0910 34 Bitec Holding Building, Soi Ladprao 101, Kittichit, Lapprao Road, Bangkok Decor Mart Tel: 02 365 0789-93 Fax: 02 365 0779 Park Thonglor Tower, Thonglor 19, Bangkok EAST (Phuket) Office / Factory: Tel: 081 370 2409 Fax: 076 264 023 19/28 Moo 2, Vichit, Muang, Phuket

Showroom: Tel: 076 288 024 8/21-22 Moo 4, Rawai, Muang, Phuket Franke Thailand Bangkok Head Office: Tel: 02 236 9777 Fax: 02 236 9775 Ground Floor, K.C.C. Building, 2 Silom Soi 9, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok Phuket Service Center: Tel: 076 612 711 Fax: 076 612 712 Central Mansion Building #102 14/1 Vichitsongkram Road, Vichit, Muang, Phuket Gaggenau Thailand BSH Home Appliances Limited Tel/Fax: 02 715 5727 Issara Place 1st Floor 2974 New Petchburi Road, Bangkapi, Huay Kwang, Bangkok Hafele (Thailand) Limited Tel: 02 741 7171 Fax: 02 741 7272 57 Soi Sukhumvit 64, Sukhumvit Road, Bangchak, Prakhanong, Bangkok

Island Furniture Furnishing island homes since 1997 Complete quality home furnishers Tel: 076 263 707 Fax: 076 263 708 By - Pass Road 2.4 km South of Central Festival Jim Thompson Thai Silk Bangkok: Tel: 02 632 8100 Main Store 9 Surawong Road, Bangkok Phuket: Tel: 076 270 957 Canal Village, Laguna Phuket Cherng Talay, Thalang, Phuket Kings Spa Andaman Jacuzzi Tel: 076 239 731-2, 076 239 879-80 Fax: 076 239 738, 076 239 887 30/15 Moo 2, Thepkasattri Road, Koh Kaew, Muang, Phuket Kitchenette Boutique Phuket Showroom: Tel/Fax: 076 232 375-6 76 Thepkrasattri Road, Muang, Phuket Sukhumvit Showroom: Tel/Fax: 02 711 6995 115 Thonglor 10, Sukhumvit 63, Wattana, Bangkok

Head Office: Tel/Fax: 02 252 0622, 02 655 0426 #27.34&52, 2nd & 3rd Floor, The Promenade Decor, 2/4 Wireless Road, Bangkok Kitchen Solutions Bangkok: Tel: 02 390 0499 Fax: 02 391 0696 58/3-5, 1&3 Floors, Sukhumvit 63 Road, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok snaiderosales@ Phuket: Tel: 076 239 259 Fax: 076 239 083 25/7 Moo 2, Thepkrasattri Road, Koh Kaew, Muang, Phuket Hua Hin: Tel: 032 442 135 Fax: 032 442 548 1342/11 Petchkasem Road, Cha-Am, Petchaburi PANINI Custom Lighting Custom Manufacturer of Decorative Light Fittings for Hotel & Residential Projects Tel: 02 392 9116-7, 081 616 6033 Fax: 02 392 9118 113/1 Ekamai soi 5, Sukhumvit Road, Wattana, Bangkok Seasons Living Tel: 02 715 0845 Fax: 02 715 0844 342/1-2 Soi Ekkamai 20, Sukhumvit Road, Wattana, Bangkok info@seasonsofliving SHADES (THAILAND) Tel.: 076 204 120 Boat Lagoon Marina, 9/1 Moo 2, Thepkrasattri Road, Koh Kaew, Muang, Phuket The Courtyard Home Show Centre Adjacent Island Furniture Tel: 076 263 992 Zee Zee Interior Tel: 076 326046 424,426,428,430,432 Srisoonthorn Road, CherngTalay, Talang, Phuket, Thailand. 83110 Zee Zee Interior. OLD JAVA AGENT, THAILAND. (reclaimed teak) INDONESIAN PRODUCT SUPPLIER. Zee Zee Furniture Warehouse Tel: 076 620 088

131/34, 131/35, 131/36 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn, Thalang, Phuket, 83110 Thailand. Zeyco (Thailand) 101/46, Bypass square Moo 1,Chalermprakiat Rama 9 Road, Kathu, Kathu, Phuket

LAW OFFICES Belmont Limcharoen Phuket Office: Tel: 076 342 882-4 Fax: 076 342 885 4/1 Prabaramee Road, Kathu, Phuket Bangkok Office: Tel: 02 635 5071-3 Fax: 02 635 5074 39th FL., 3904 A United Center Bldg. 323 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok Samui Office: Tel: 077 246 185-7 Fax: 077 246 188 23/30 Moo 4, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani Mc Evily & Collins Law Office Phuket Office: Tel: 076 279 921-4 Fax: 076 279 925-6 100/208-210 Moo 3, Kamala Beach, Kathu, Phuket Bangkok Office: Tel: 02 305 2300 Fax: 02 653 2163 Two Pacific, Suite 2100, 142 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok Samui Office: Tel: 077 484 510 Fax: 077 427 686 15/49 Moo 6, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani PENSIT & LAWS Tel: 076 271 770-1 3/10-11 Moo 5, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherng Talay, Talang, Phuket Tilleke & Gibbins International Phuket Ltd. Tel: 076 318 251-5 Fax: 076 318 256 Plaza Del Mar, Units 205-209, 1 Moo 1, Pasak-Koktanod Road, Cherng Talay, Thalang, Phuket

LEISURE BMW Barcelona Motors Tel: 076 236 669

9 Moo 6, Thepkrasattri Road, Rassada, Muang, Phuket Land Rover Tel: 076 236 240-3 9/17 Moo 6, Thepkrasattri Road, Rassada, Muang, Phuket Skydance Helicopters Co., Ltd. Mobile: 081 787 2700 Head Office: 67/27 Moo 4, Rawai, Muang, Phuket Operation Center: 62/31-32 Moo 3, Sa Khu, Thalang, Phuket Toyota Pearl Co., Ltd. Tel: 076 215 066 16/1 Moo 6, Thepkrasattri Road, Rassada, Muang, Phuket


PROPERTY DEVELOPERS Anuphas Pirom Resort Tel: 076 202 189, 076 321 815 94/7 Moo 7, Vichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket Baan Thai Surin Hill Tel: 076 325 879 92/5 Moo 3, Cherng Talay, Thalang, Phuket Boutique Golf Villa Tel: 081 628 5166, 086 952 7142 Fax: 076 248 473 50/27 Moo 4, Chaofa West Road, Vichit, Muang, Phuket

DE.Land Housing Service Tel: 076 244 789, 081 397 3454 Fax: 076 244735 5/9 Moo 2 Chaofa Road, Vichit, Muang, Phuket

Deva Living Tel: 076 271 333 Fax: 076 271 332 3/12 Moo 5, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket

Seven Pest Control Service Tel: 076 221 740, 081 607 2390 17/1 Chaofa Road, Muang, Phuket

Hansar Tel: 02 651 8800 The Regent House, G Floor,

Rajdamri Road, Bangkok La Colline Bangkok Office: Tel: 02 714 3901 - 4 Fax: 02 714 3905 45/1 Soi Sukhumvit 59, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok Phuket Office: Tel: 076 271 770-1, Fax: 076 271 783 3/10-11 Moo 1, Cherngtalay, Srisoontorn Road, Thalang, Phuket Le Raffine Tel: 02 261 9339, 089 963 9963 54 Sukhumvit 24, Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok L’Orchidee Residences Tel: 076 290 404-5 13/2 Soi 4, Prabaramee 4 Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket Siraya Tel: 081 634 7177, 089 204 4852 Rassada, Muang, Phuket Siri Sathorn Tel: 02 266 2345 27 Soi Saladaeng 1, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok Sivana Hills Tel: 032 514 007 71/5 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin, Prachuabkhirikhan Songland Tel: 02 437 5555 88 Pimarn Chaopraya Building, Soi Charoen Nakorn 11, Klongsan, Bangkok The Lantern Tel: 085 211 1107, 081 877 9292 28/9 Moo 2, Soi Bangkoo1, Thepkrasattri Road,

Koh Kaew, Muang, Phuket The Rajdamri Tel: 02 252 8855 Fax: 02 252 7070 Soi Mahardlek Luang 2, Rajdamri Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok The Samudra Residences Tel: 02 260 3060 13F BB Building (1314,1315) 54 Sukhumvit 21 (Asoke), Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok The Trees Residence Tel: 083 708 8008, 081 878 2199 The Two Villas Tel: 076 289 900 ext. 12 081 676 5165, 081 970 0743 100/999 Moo 5, Rassada, Muang, Phuket

The Village Coconut Island Tel: 076 239 724, 087 888 8082 20/12 Moo 2, Thepkrasattri Road, Kohkaew, Muang, Phuket Tropiculture Tel: 077 430 043 4/3 Moo 4, Bangrak Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani View Talay Marina Tel: 038 706 355-8 19 Moo 1, Najomtien, Sattaheap, Chonburi Villa Lawana Tel: 077 960 333 92/1 Moo 2, Bohput, Koh Samui, Suratthani

RESTAURANTS Anna’s Phuket Tel: 076 210 535, 076 210 536 13 Rassada Road, Muang, Phuket

Mövenpick Residence Tel: 076 396 146 509 Patak Road, Karon Beach, Phuket

Cucina Tel: 076 338 000 JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa 231 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket

Nai Harn Baan-Bua Tel: 076 383 136, 081 893 5411 24/28 Moo 1, Rawai, Muang, Phuket

Ratri Jazztaurant Tel: 076 333 538-9 74/1 Patak Road, Karon, Katu, Phuket

Phuket Pavilions Tel: 076 317 600 31/1 Moo 6, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket Q Langsuan Tel: 02 255 1999 7th Q.House Lumpini Bldg., I South Sathorn Road, Thungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok www. Sea Pearl Villas Tel: 076 342 733, 076 342 477 12 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket Serenity Terraces Tel: 076 383 789 Fax: 076 383 978 14 Moo 5, Rawai, Phuket

Salvatore’s (Italian cuisine) Tel/Fax: 076 225 958 Phuket Town 15 Rassada Road, Muang, Phuket Sala Bua Restaurant Impiana Phuket Cabana Resort Tel: 076 340 138 ext. 8301 41 Taweewong Road, Patong Beach, Phuket Siam Indigo Exotique Bar & Restaurant Tel/Fax : 66 076 256 697 8, Phang Nga Road, Muang, Phuket Watermark Restaurant Tel: 076 239 730 Fax: 076 239 078 The Boat Lagoon Marina, Phuket 22/1 Moo 2, Thepkasattri Road, Kohkaew, Muang, Phuket

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