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october 2010

contents special features

Exclusive Interview

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The Ruangsorn family introduce the second phase of Golden Coast, Sriracha.

Living News

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With the latest property, interiors and lifestyle updates from around Thailand.

Living News Extra

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Reports on the benefits of transferring UK pensions to Guernsey.

Event Calendar

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

Market Watch

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Featuring two seasoned developers in Bangkok’s luxury housing market.

Special Feature

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Find out what’s cooking at Thailand’s hottest kitchen companies.


october 2010

contents living departments

Living Homes

Liberty Villa, Phuket

Tuscan Style Villa, Chiang Mai

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Majestic Heights, Million-Dollar Views

Country Comfort

Living Style Living Interior

Advertorial

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Luxury kitchen refit with added class and convenience for the family. Modernform introduce Bathique, with six new chic bathroom designs.

Living Leisure City Living

Living Places

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Bring your credit card, we’re going shopping with Jing in Bangkok. Discover the cool local vibe on the streets of Phuket’s old town.


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Editor’s Talk

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recently took a trip to Sriracha to visit the Golden Coast project, situated on prime beach front land at the end of a cape. The views from the condominium are quite

unexpected and afford a 270° panoramic view of the surrounding land, islands and sea. We discussed the success of the first phase and the introduction of the second phase of the project, with the developers Prime Mansion. Read more about the affable Ruangsorn family trio, mother Ngamnich and two sons Tanthawat and Sarin, in the exclusive interview. To take a closer look at Bangkok’s luxury housing market, we met with two of the country’s leading developers, TCC Capital Land and Land and Houses, to discover what their winning formula is, and what they have planned for this sector in the near future. Both companies are busy launching new phases in out of town locations, which promise buyers classic design and a tranquil setting with additional services and facilities for extra convenience. We have gone crazy about kitchens is this month’s issue with a bumper feature in the Living Style section. Feedback from the market indicates that some developers have been guilty of treating the kitchen as an after thought, reluctant to invest a deserving amount of money on installing a quality kitchen. To put the kitchen back in the spotlight we have showcased some beautiful examples that will surely inspire any developer or home owner to make the most of their kitchen space. After all the kitchen is the heart of the home! To let off some steam and have fun in the city, we asked our girl about town Jing, to take us on a tour of her best loved shopping hot spots. Jing simply adores shopping and talks us through her favourite fashion boutiques and jewellery store gems, as well as funky home décor and tasty food stores. With special thanks to Gaysorn Plaza and Cloud 9, for accommodating our fun filled photo shoot. I hope you enjoy this special kitchen issue, and as ever, your feedback and suggestions are always welcome.

Rachel Williams editor@kinnareemedia.com


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Exclusive Interview STORY : Dave Swinfen IMAGES : Courtesy of Prime Mansion PHOTOGRAPHY : Chavalit Kamolthammanon

Ngamnich Ruangsorn

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Gracious, Savvy and Successful The Ruangsorn

Family

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Golden Coast, Sriracha is an enigma in this popular Chonburi

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With Phase One almost complete and with 80% of the

coastal town. Combining the seclusion of its isolated plot on the

units already sold, Tropical Living were invited back to

cape with the convenience of being close to the bustling town,

Prime Mansion’s exquisite offices in Sukhumvit Soi 49 to

plus panoramic views of the sea, the new development sits

discuss Golden Coast’s next phase, and to get an insight

proudly as a testament to the foresight and attention to detail

into what has made Ngamnich Ruangsorn’s property

for which Prime Mansion has become so famous.

development business so special.


“W

e operate in a market that is obsessed by

There is no other perfect piece of land in Sriracha; there is just

quantity, whereas we will always fixate on

The Cape.� Sometimes, it would seem that events conspire

quality. If the location is perfect, it will sell

for things to happen in predetermined way. Ngamnich truly

itself, but it then demands that the build is of a high-quality

believes that this coastal plot was waiting for them, although

too. Sometimes, finding the right location is accidental. If I

the development of Golden Coast is the resulting mix of good

see a plot of land which is perfect, I take it straight away.

fortune and a wealth of experience in past projects.

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Solid Foundations Prime Mansion was formed in 1996, and Ngamnich works in partnership with her two sons, Tanthawat and Sarin. Long

the luxurious base from where Prime Mansion operate. Golden Coast is the company’s first project outside of Bangkok.

before this, she had developed housing and land projects as far back as 1972. Prime Mansion began with Sukhumvit

Ngamnich explains, “Some of my past customers who

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had bought property in Bangkok were looking at Sriracha,

When the market regained its strength, the company then

and they asked me about developments in the area. It’s

completed a beautiful mid-rise in Phrompong and an

such an up-and-coming, dynamic place, and therefore I

ultra-modern build in Sukhumvit 49. Their most recent

saw it as a good opportunity. There was a demand which

downtown project was in Sukhumvit 31 also and it is now

I simply could not refuse to consider.”

1999 Prime Mansion Sawaddee

2003 Prime Mansion Phromphong

2005 Prime Mansion Promsri

2008 Prime Mansion Sukhumvit 31

2009 Golden Coast, Sriracha

2009 Golden Coast Phase II, Sriracha

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Tanthawat Ruangsorn

Chatting to the Ruangsorn family in this

new products coming into Thailand, so every few

environment feels like being invited into a warm

months we go to choose raw materials and there

family home. Ngamnich, Tanthawat and Sarin

are always new concepts to excite us. Because

clearly have different ideas, but they complement

Golden Coast is right on the sea shore, we need to

each other well. Tanthawat elaborates, “We

blend with the sea, the trees and the location, so

approach it from a different angle; my mother

we need to follow the new modern style. This new

decides on the layout based on Feng Shui. I let

trend is very nice, very open, very minimal, and we

her take care of that, and then we know what

are very much into this style. We follow the market,

has to go where. After that, we start to look at the

and so style evolves by itself as the market adapts

dressing and functionality of the place. Then it falls

to modern taste.”

somewhere in between. It’s quite an easy process now because we all have the ability to compromise.”

Sarin is happy to play the quiet brother, but his role is crucial and clearly defined. His mother

With such a broad portfolio of past successes,

explains, “Sarin has some background in building

Ngamnich is keen to keep informed with the latest

too, and completed a resort in Chang Mai with my

innovations in style. She says, “I stay up to date

assistance. I can see that he is very capable. His

with present design, and I consider lots of things in

greatest strength is his ability with finance; he is very

market. If we go to a place to choose tiles, marble

neat with money, and he takes care of all that.

or furniture, we see that nowadays there a lot of

Later on, he may go into real estate too.”

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Sarin Ruangsorn

The Perfect Location

and they love to stay there because it is so established. Jobs are very secure, they earn good money, and they work for

Sriracha has brought a new direction for Prime Mansion,

large multinational industries like Ford Motors and Thai-Oil

and with it, a superb opportunity. “It’s the only plot of land in

in Lumchabang. Then we consider Bangkok investors. They

Sriracha that has the combination of seclusion, closeness to

see a very high rental yield of 7-8% if the condo is in good

town and the views. Phase One itself is a single-corridor

location and the services are there. Sriracha is a commercial

design to allow for 270-degree sea views”, she says. “The

town; Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and Koreans all love to

wrap-around panorama was a key selling point, and a

stay there, plus nearby Pattaya is not really a place for living

reason why 80% have been sold already within a short period.

with the family.”

Even local people who move to Sriracha like doctors and bankers who know the area, see this project and decide they must have it straight away.”

A lot of customers approached Prime Mansion on completion of Phase One, but were either too late to buy or found the cost prohibitive. Phase Two has been designed to be financially

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“With Sriracha, we have decided to use a sales agent

accessible and the units are slightly smaller and make use

(Knight Frank), who are a very strong backup, and with their

of loose furniture rather than the more expensive built-in

assistance we decided to do this project without hesitation.”

approach the company took with the primary build. This is to

Frank Khan, director of residential development at Knight

allow a second round of opportunity to those buyers keen

Frank, is on hand to provide further insight; “Sriracha is unique

to acquire property at The Cape. For interested buyers, the

in the whole Chonburi area, and is very hot right now. The

company are planning a preliminary launch on 10-14 November

people who work there are in upper or middle management,

2010 with a promotion starting price from THB 1.85 million.


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Golden Coast Phase Two Phase two comprises of 77 residential units plus two commercial,

Access to Sriracha is equally keen, as Ngamnich

in either one or two-bed configurations. The firm has worked

showed us; “Sriracha is such a bustling, lively town

hard to give as many units as possible full or at least partial views

with a lot going on, but you also have the seclusion

of the coast. Tanthawat explained that this was the most complex

and cosiness and better landscape around you.

element of the design. In terms of construction, the new building

There was a private house on this land before, so

has a more conventional layout, so the more difficult aspects of

they really made it a place to live, and we have

building on the cove were experienced during Phase One. The

left the trees and surrounding foliage as they were.

second build offers the same taste of coastal living but is less

It’s not that far away from the town, but far enough

financially prohibitive for buyers.

away to experience the peaceful, coastal life.�

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Tanthawat told us his mother is very open-minded and they appreciate the knowledge Ngamnich has within the industry. She explains the secret behind Prime Mansion’s day-to-day running; “The best time for knowledge sharing is at home when we are all together. We have breakfast before the working day, we discuss what we are doing ahead of the Phase Two sales launch (10-14 November) and then we go our own way to accomplish what we need to. We can work together even though we are not together. I can be elsewhere, but I’m 100% here with my mind. I told them to use my knowledge, use my authority, and don’t tie me to office! I can see a lot more things, I can meet people, collect information, come back and pass on my knowledge. We can then decide what we want to achieve next. Ultimately, everything I do, I do it for my sons.”

For more information about promotions and prices of Golden Coast Phase Two, contact the on-site sale office, telephone: +66(0)38 313 888 or Knight Frank Thailand on +66(0)2 643 8223. www.golden-coast.net.

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LIVING NEWS

Compiled by Rachel Williams

The Residences at The St. Regis On Schedule

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®

he Residences at The St. Regis Bangkok continues to stay on course in preparation for the scheduled

October launch of this luxurious, urban dwelling in Thailand’s modern metropolis. Commitment and financing from Minor International PLC, the project’s developer, remain strong. In addition, confidence in Bangkok is buoyed by Travel + Leisure, a publication that caters to the luxury travel market, recently naming Bangkok as number one in the magazine’s 2010 World’s Best City list. “The Travel + Leisure ranking affirms what we have known about Bangkok all along,” said William E. Heinecke, chairman and CEO of Minor International PLC. “We are undeterred in our vision to provide the ultimate urban living experience in this wonderful city, the first destination in Thailand to feature St. Regis Residences. We continue to trust in Bangkok’s appeal as a world-class destination and have every confidence that this is the ideal market for this special St. Regis offering.”

Tropical Beach Resort Rayong Update

G

lenAsia, a Thai-Scandinavian joint-venture property development, is proud to announce it has sold 50% of its current project GlenAsia Tropical Beach Resort & Residence Rayong. This exclusive house and condo project is attracting buyers seeking a modern and luxurious lifestyle located at the pristine and serene beach of Ban Phe with views of Samed Island in Rayong province. With half of the project sold, GlenAsia residence has became an international community, with a mix of condominiums, villas and town houses, with one to three-bed rooms, at a price range of THB 4 to 28 million. The location is on Duangtawan Beach, around two hours from Bangkok by car and only 10 minutes from Samed Island. Not far from the project, there are many world class golf courses designed by the world class players such as Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Gary Player and Robert Trent Jones.

Phuket Developer Signs U Resort Deal

J

onathan Wigley, CEO of Absolute Hotel Services announced the latest U Hotels & Resorts management contract with Sudjid Surijamorn, owner and director of At Nai Harn Resort Co. Ltd. The new development of U Phuket will be the first U Resort on the world famous tropical island of Phuket which will open in late 2011.

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LIVING NEWS

James Bond lifestyle at Royal Phuket Marina

T

he latest development at the world-class yachting hub on Phuket’s eastern seaboard which features the ultra-glamorous ‘Aquaminium’ penthouse apartments with their own private indoor boat dock, has been a great success with international investors keen to emulate the lifestyle of the world’s favourite secret agent. Now, as Royal Phuket Marina prepares to move into a third phase of development later this year, investors are invited for the remaining four ‘Aquaminium’ apartments and three palatial waterfront villas which remain for sale. Among the ‘Aquaminium’ residences still on the market are two, two-bedroom apartments of 169 sq m priced at USD 734,375, just one, three-bedroom apartment of 192 sq m at USD 921,875 and a single, stunning four-bedroom penthouse of 832 sq m, complete with private boat berth.

Bank Agrees Financing for Exclusive City Condo

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uxury property developer Raimon Land and Bank of Ayudhya have reached an agreement over the financing for 185 Rajadamri, the developer’s most exclusive condominium project to date. Bank of Ayudhya will provide project financing to support the development. BAY, one of Thailand’s largest banks, previously funded Raimon Land’s The Heights Phuket project. Commenting on the transaction, Mark Arnold, president and CEO of Bank of Ayudhya, noted: “We are pleased to provide THB 2,790 million credit facilities to support Raimon Land Public Company Limited in developing 185 Rajadamri Project, the luxurious condominium in the heart of Bangkok. We are proud to play a part in giving Bangkok’s glittering skyline this impressive new addition with one of the best developers in the country.”

International

Number of Passengers

Domestic

240,000 200,000

P

160,000 120,000 80,000

Politically Related Events Phuket airport closure (Aug-08) Bangkok airport closure (Nov-08) ASEAN Summit disruption (Apr-09) Bangkok red shirt protest (May-10)

May-10

Jan-10

Mar-10

Nov-09

Jul-09

Sep-09

May-09

Jan-09

Mar-09

Nov-08

Jul-08

Global Financial Crisis

Sep-08

May-08

Jan-08

Mar-08

Nov-07

Jul-07

Sep-07

May-07

Jan-07

Mar-07

40,000

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Soaring Airline Arrivals In Phuket

Source: Phuket International Airport and C9 Hotelworks Market Research

assenger traffic through Phuket International Airport surged 28% in the first half of this year compared to 2009, marking a dramatic recovery for the destination as it leads Thailand’s tourism revival and a return to the boom year of 2007. According to the mid-year edition of Phuket Market Update, a research publication released by leading hospitality consulting firm, C9 Hotelworks, the road to recovery has firmly begun with higher hotel occupancies and a game changing shift in tourist profile that is driving growth.


LIVING NEWS Positive Outlook for Bangkok Condo Market

P

hanom Kanjanathiemthao, managing director of Knight Frank Thailand, has reported that the Bangkok condominium market had significantly improved in Q1 of 2010 comparing to previous year. With normal life returning to condominium buyers after the political demonstration in April and May, the residential market appeared to have recovered during June, with three new projects of 962 units launching. The majority is absorbed by local demand. According to Knight Frank Thailand latest research, there were 7,996 condominium units launching during Q1. The selling rate (take up rate), of the projects launching in Q1 of 2010, currently reached 66%, which is considered very good absorption rate, compared to the bad political situation. All the projects launching in June 2010 were sold up to 60%.

CBRE Launch VERTIQ

CB

Richard Ellis is pleased to introduce a new condominium, VERTIQ, by Siamnuwat. VERTIQ is unique with a futuristic design concept of creative living, surrounded by vertical gardens and the green boulevards of the downtown location. The project is located in a serene location of Samyan area and is only about five minutes to Siam Square, Chulalongkorn University, Triemudomsuksa School, Sathit Chula School, Chamchuri Square, etc. It is also easy to commute to public transportation including MRT (Samyan Station is within a walking distance), BTS, and Express Way. Do not miss this special opportunity to select the best units and get the best offers before others. The two-bedroom unit starts at only THB 5.7 million. Register at www.vertiqcondo.com.

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Häfele Phuket Grand Opening

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äfele, the international furniture fittings, architectural hardware and electronic locking systems supplier recently opened a new showroom on Phuket’s Bypass Road, which is easily accessed from all over the island. The two storey Design Centre displays an array of solutions and designs for every kind of construction project. The event which included live music, luxury car display and a fashion show was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Phuket’s governor Wichai Praisa-ngob and Volker Hellstern, managing director of Häfele (Thailand) Limited.


Director (1) AD (Hiler-Tycoon)


LIVING NEWS

Lotus Arts de Vivre to be Featured in Minor Group’s Collection

M

inor International PCL is pleased to announce a creative partnership with the renowned Lotus Arts de Vivre to accent its Thailand portfolio of luxury properties with extraordinary Thai-inspired objets d’art. The distinctive, hand-made pieces will be incorporated into the interiors of the new show suite at The Residences at The St. Regis Bangkok, The Estates Samui and The Residences at Four Seasons Chiang Mai.

Singapore’s Klapsons Hotel Chooses Lutron

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utron Electronics, the world’s leading lighting control systems specialist, today announced that Klapsons, The Boutique Hotel of Singapore has completed installation work on a comprehensive lighting system designed to provide a distinctive atmosphere in keeping with its hip and fashionable image. The Lutron system provides lighting control in the lobby, guest rooms, restaurant and other public areas. A key requirement also was shading from the fierce tropical sun.

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LIVING NEWS

The World’s First Floating Private Members’ Club

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Landmark Resort Launches Private Air Service To Hua Hin

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he luxurious InterContinental Hua Hin Resort has become the first hotel in Hua Hin to launch its own private air service to shuttle guests from Bangkok to the beachside city. The exclusive service departs from either Suvarnabhumi International Airport or Don Muaeng Airport direct to Hua Hin before a resort limousine whisks guests away for the ten-minute drive for check in.

uintessentially, the world’s leading luxury lifestyle group and global concierge service, together with Kloster & Partners, are developing their most exciting project to date. In the summer of 2013, super yacht Quintessentially One, the world’s first exclusive floating private members’ club will set sail. Offering the most stylish and luxurious way to the see the world, Quintessentially One is the first and only ship of its kind.

Measuring 220 metres in length, Quintessentially One will offer 12 luxurious private residences and a five-star luxury hotel fully-equipped with 250 suites. All of the residences are currently for sale, price upon application. The membership programme, which includes a dedicated membership to Quintessentially Concierge and a four-night stay in a suite, will shortly be open for applications.


LIVING NEWS

Baan Ratchamaka Villa Luxurious Private Community

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roperty developer, D2H Company Limited, has announced the re-launch of it’s exclusive eight luxury villa project, Baan Ratchamaka Villa, located in Chalong, Phuket, with new superlative prices starting from THB 16.7 million. Baan Ratchamaka villas have a unique competitive advantage, offering all owners a beautiful and peaceful environment in a private residential community. It’s situated in a secluded area, but still within easy access of many points of interest in Phuket and with the development of a new short cut road under way from Chalong to Patong, the villas will be only a 10 minute drive to Patong Beach. Each luxurious villa has three bedrooms and three bathrooms with a private pool and garden, set within a large usable area of more than 326 sq m. The generous land plots range from 524-681 sq m and are in keeping with the sense of contemporary style that retain key elements of traditional Thai and oriental architecture.

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The highest quality materials were used in construction to ensure the long lasting endurance of the villas and as construction is already complete, customers and investors are relieved of any issues of discrepancy. In addition, the offering price is particularly competitive when comparing the quality and price of other property in the same market. From now until December 2010, enjoy an exclusive offer of THB 1 million discount for the first two villas. Baan Ratchamaka Villa is now open for reservations and to move in. Visit the website for further information www.ratchamaka.com

Baan Ratchamaka Villa: 66 Moo 8, Soi Chaofa 16 (next to Land&Houses Phuket), Chaofa (East) Road, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130 Email: info@ratchamaka.com Tel: +66(0)89 968 9448, +66(0)76 383 291


Living News Extra contributing writer : David Mayes PHOTOGRAPHER : Nakarin Banjerdjin

Freeing Pensions from the UK Tax Net For this month’s Living News Extra, wealth management adviser, David Mayes, reports on how many expatriates are saving bundles in taxes by transferring their UK pensions to Guernsey.

A list of the QROPS are included on the

even if you still live in the UK, but can

UK tax authority’s website of pension

demonstrate plans to retire abroad.

schemes which satisfy their conditions

The QROPS is required to report to the

to be eligible to receive a UK pension

tax authorities for the first five years

transfer. The pension, once transferred

after the pension holder becomes a

will from that point on become subject

non resident for tax purposes, but this

to the laws of the jurisdiction within

doesn’t mean that they must pay tax

which the pension scheme is run. While

on it. After this period, there are no

QROPS can be and are set up in many

further reporting requirements. However,

different jurisdictions around the world,

if one becomes a resident of the UK

there is obviously a huge benefit to

again, the same taxation would apply

transferring your pension to a jurisdiction

to the pension as if it were onshore.

which will not levy taxes on it.

Thus the major benefits of moving the pension offshore are lost if one stays

UK Residency

in the UK.

David Mayes

While there is much speculation as

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Why Guernsey?

to the reasons behind the legislation, it There are many jurisdictions for

any who have spent time

really doesn’t matter from a practical

working in the UK and have

tax and estate planning standpoint.

QROPS. For those living in countries

built up a pension are taking

The main thing you need to consider

which don’t tax expatriate residents

advantage of new legislation that

if you think a transfer might be right

on their world-wide income, Guernsey

came into effect in 2006, which allows

for you, is if you are likely to return to

is by far the most popular. It obviously

them to legally move their pension out

the UK as a resident for tax purposes,

benefits from the fact that it is highly

of the kingdom and into a pension

which is currently classified as someone

regulated and enjoys the political

scheme in a different jurisdiction.

who spends more than 180 days in

stability of the United Kingdom, while

the kingdom in any one given year, or

also being free of income tax, capital

more than an average of 90 days per

gains tax, and inheritance tax for those

year over a rolling four year period.

who are not Guernsey residents.

QROPS Explained You may have heard of QROPS before but were not sure exactly

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You don’t need to prove you are

Some jurisdictions have in fact lost

what it meant. It stands for qualifying

an expatriate to transfer your pension

their QROPS status due to schemes

recognised overseas pension scheme.

and in fact may be able to do it

allowing more than the maximum


allowed 25% lump sum. Companies

of their pension while at the same time

don’t blow the top off the actuarial

were engaging in a practice known as

reducing the volatility of the returns).

chart and live an additional 50 years

“pension busting”, sometimes paying out 100% of the value of the pension

after retirement (if their investments A second huge benefit of a QROPS

get even a small consistent return

to the client. These clients often went

is that any amount left in the fund

then they probably still can come

on to get hit with 55% unauthorised

when the individual passes on can

out ahead with a QROPS). The only

payment penalties. Guernsey is one

usually avoid inheritance tax, depending

catch is that unfortunately not all

of the strictest jurisdictions in terms of

on the jurisdiction of the beneficiary.

pensions can be transferred.

staying in constant communication

Normally this would be hit with a 40%

with the HMRC to make sure all of its

tax. This means that if one were to

I have transferred pensions for

schemes stay within the bounds of

die after making the transfer into a

clients all across the globe and the

what is acceptable and within the

QROPS, the net amount their loved

only time I have not recommended

spirit of the legislation.

ones would receive increases by

the transfer has been for some

about 66%. There is nothing else I know

residents of the USA, or those who

of which exists in the world of financial

have pensions which are too small,

services where I can do something

although you would be surprised at

QROPS Benefits The main benefit of a QROPS can

for a client with no risks to them which

the transfer values one often gets

be enormous, and this increases with

gives them a positive return overnight

when looking into a pension which

the size of the pension. If someone has

of up to 66%. Even if they fall into a low

only pays a small monthly amount.

a £500,000 pension, they will almost

income tax bracket and only pay 15%,

surely fall into the 50% income tax

they still can increase their income by

bracket when drawing this pension

about 20%.

down, which means that their net income just about doubles simply by

check with your financial advisor

Is QROPS Right For Me?

transferring it out from under the UK tax net. The management costs are

If you think a QROPS transfer might be right for you, I would to determine if your situation is right for one. Be very careful if they start

Usually when something sounds

to promise you access to any more

usually similar and often less than the

too good to be true it usually is, but

than 25% in a lump sum of any form

onshore scheme which one transfers

unless a pension is too small to receive

(loan, investment management fee,

out of, meaning that these savings are

substantial tax savings, there is no

etc.). If you would like an opinion

achieved virtually for free (the leading

hidden downside to a QROPS. As

from someone who has plenty of

scheme charges a one time set up fee

long as one uses an experienced

experience with these transfers, I am

of under £1000).

scheme and stays in a safe jurisdiction

happy to answer any questions my

like Guernsey, even counterpart risk is

readers have and give a second

not any greater than it is in an onshore

opinion on any recommendation.

Since the pension can almost always be re-invested right back into the

pension scheme (the leading scheme

same funds it was invested in onshore,

has partnered with a FTSE 100 company

there does not need to be any additional

and all assets held within the pension

investment risk to the pension if one

are ring fenced in the client’s name

wishes to avoid it (although in reality

should something happen to that firm).

there are much higher quality funds

Even defined benefits schemes usually

available offshore, and one can

provide less net income to an individual

usually increase the expected return

than a QROPS would, provided they

David Mayes MBA is a resident of Phuket, Thailand and provides wealth management services to expatriates throughout the region of Southeast Asia. Email: david.m@faramond.com.

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Worldwide event calendar Tropical Living magazine promotes Thai property, interiors and lifestyle around the world through these select events and trade shows, putting thousands of magazines in the hands of qualified investors, home buyers and industry professionals with an interest in Thailand. Make yourself visible on the property radar, promote your business worldwide through Tropical Living magazine.

October 2010 October 9-10, 2010 SMART Investment & International Property Expo SUNTEC, Singapore SMART expo is one of the longest running expos of its kind in Asia, where organisers proactively generate potential buyers and investors for its exhibitors through a well thought plan that benefits the whole industry.

november 2010 November 10-12, 2010 MIPIM Asia Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre This fifth edition focuses exclusively on facilitating real estate transactions and investment in the Asia Pacific markets. During the three day event, key players in the industry will be networking, prospecting and promoting at the world’s leading Asian property market.

january 2011 January 6-9, 2011 PIMEX Phuket International Boat Show Royal Phuket Marina PIMEX is a marine showcase that boasts a mixture of superb luxury yachts, charter boats and the latest marine equipment. Now in its eighth year, the next installment of this international waterside show is set to welcome yachties and landlubbers alike at the prestigious Royal Phuket Marina.

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Market Watch STORY : Risinee Sarikaputra

Bangkok Luxury Housing Market

The Royal Residence

Prestigious design along with a fabulous location, are the important ingredients for a luxury home that the country’s largest developers are seeking to deliver with their latest housing projects. Tropical Living reporter Risinee Sarikaputra recently met with two leading Bangkok developers to discover the secrets of their success and what launches they have in store for the future.

Prestigious Living

and plaster mouldings are selectively chosen according to the original designs, to adorn each house. The design of this

The Royal Residence has an elegant design adapted from

architectural style offers timeless beauty.

Victorian style architecture that was very popular during the

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reigns of King Rama V to King Rama VII, which suited living

“We do not desire to build houses just for people to live in,

in a tropical climate like Thailand. The project fuses western

but a true ‘home’ that will last for several generations. We believe

architectural style with intricate Thai decorative elements which

in the saying that a house is where you live, but a home is where

results in a unique style that developers, TCC Capital Land call

your heart is”, says Soammaphat Traisorat, chief executive officer

‘Oriental Victorian’. The detailed designs of the wood carvings

of TCC Capital Land.


The Royal Residence

The Royal Residence Soammaphat Traisorat

“Being considerate of the conveniences for a modern lifestyle, residents

The strong points of this area, which attracted TCC Land Group to

will feel privacy within the community in all aspects. The location is

invest, are that the site is large enough to create and develop its own

situated on Kaset-Navamin, convenient to commute both inbound

unique character and the convenient location is well supported by

and outbound.” says Soammaphat.

existing road network and infrastructure. “We aspire to develop a sustainable township comprising of residential, commercial, recreation,

“With excellent facilities and amenities including a 6,400 sq m

education, health centres and green areas. It is quite a sizeable

clubhouse with a remarkable lake view, residents will be proud of their

project that we have to carefully plan each phase so that the complete

homes as treasures that will be handed down to next generations with

project will be perfectly harmonious.” comments Soammaphat.

pride.” says Soammaphat. “The affluent development of The Nawamin City Master Plan - a vibrant and niche community complex featuring

The Royal Residence has proved a successful development with

plenty of shops, services, and entertainment places - can not be found

many world class awards, such as, Thailand Best Interior Design and

anywhere in the world.”

Thailand Best Property from CNBC International Property Awards in 2007, and also national award such as Best Villa Development in

The total combined land parcels under Sena Master Plan, approximately 320 rai in size, represents about 3% of Ladprao District.

Bangkok and Best Housing Development in Bangkok, from Thailand Property Awards in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

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Ladawan

Suparat Veerakul

“The Ultimate Collection is the new concept for Ladawan with design reflecting the demands of urban living. Large open spaces with greenery and ponds are a key feature. We have blended chic, spacious and luxurious living in a harmonious way, thus the new series will be an ultimate home design which will become such a quintessential part of the lives of our customers. We have provided Ladawan

the best quality materials in construction throughout”, says Suparat. “We have observed that tastes have changed, to cater to these

Ultimate Home Ladawan is another luxury low rise housing project that has stepped up to the challenge by offering unique, updated designs, features and flexibility. Suparat Veerakul, corporate communications vice-president of Land and Houses Public Company Limited says: “Lying on 55 rai of land on Ladpraklao Road, Ladawan is separated into a public and residential area, there are 80 housing units managed with high security. Double security ensures the privacy and security of our residents.” The clubhouse, pool, fitness area and sauna are situated in front of the project, while the residences have been developed into two phases. The Fountain of Wealth, with 29 housing units, decorated in the Rattanakosin style, recently sold out. The new housing series, Fountain of Pride, is the Ultimate Collection and will be launched in the last quarter of this year.

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changes Ladawan still offers popular elegant designs but with a more creative style, we believe that reinventing our product will ensure customer preference towards our brand.” As well as understanding the importance of security and keeping up to date with design, Land and Houses success also lies in their project location. Urban families enjoy living in an environment that is relaxing and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy city streets. “The peaceful, tranquil and convenient location, has been developed to ensure residents satisfaction with their new home and surroundings. Our upcoming projects target customers who love the Rattanathibet or even more tranquil Ratchapruk areas. These homes will be ready by the end of next year and are available within the price range of THB 30 to 100 million. We are quite confident our wonderful home style will ensure a homely atmosphere and our customers never be disappointed by us.” Concludes Suparat.


PROPERTY PROFILE STORY : Marie Moon IMAGE : Courtesy of Phuket Land

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PHUKET

Majestic Heights Million-Dollar Views

It’s a six kilometre drive from the main stretch of Kamala along the Millionaires Mile to Jomchang. Being the furthermost residential estate along the road, Jomchang is utterly private, protected from unwanted noise and curious passers by. Located within the tranquil confines of the development the extraordinary Liberty Villa awaits discovery. From the elevation of the uppermost level you are instantly aware of the concertina villa cascading down the rocky coastline with absolutely spectacular scenery.

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s you step around the double car port you are confronted with an immaculate view; a 180 degree panorama of the gentle blue Andaman fringed by a wave-strewn coastline. From this height, the view is even more impressive, the

crashing waves churning the water from aquamarine to azure to cobalt blue and back again. The grey stone boulders characteristic of the site are scarred with curiously straight lines harking back to the legend of Jomchang – atop his trusty elephant steed Yomding chased a pack of wild elephants into the sea and it is said that his powerful sword cut into the rocks the marks we see today. Observing from the luxurious heights of the villa, it’s easy to see the evidence of this legend.

The Adventure Begins The breathtaking views are always present as you move around the various levels of this stylish property. To help navigate your way around, the villas has two elevators, the first of which connects the car port with the kitchen one level below. As you enter living the area you are immediately impressed by the use of natural materials- grey slate stacked walls, vanilla marble and sandstone combine to endow the house with a warm earthy feeling, a nice counterpoint to the cool sea view and breeze. The very large kitchen has a counter top island in the middle and is surrounded by sleek black and metallic silver cabinetry which can slide to conceal either storage shelving or the oven, hood and refrigerator. Along one wall is another separate preparation area adjacent to a spacious walk-in pantry. Perhaps the prize feature of this kitchen is the fully-refrigerated walk-in wine cellar. The dining room and lounge are located under one roof in an extraordinary pavilion with high vaulted ceilings and one side completely open to the view. Stacked grey slate gives warm texture to the main wall forming interesting shadows in any light. Plush white sofas face a Chinese artist’s interpretation of his homeland; with brilliant red primaries and acute detail the artwork is a bold focal point of the living area.

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Family Entertainment

and a cavernous step-down bathroom. This room is very spacious with ample scope for the kids to play without

Directly beneath the living area sits a guest bedroom and

disturbing the rest of the household.

large home theatre. Expertly soundproofed with plush red

The second elevator links this level with

velvet padded walls, the home theatre is cool, dark and

the lounge area below.

very quiet. A concealed projector screen descends from the ceiling and the state of the art sound system takes you

Set off to the left, with a different

away to a new place with each film. A door leads through

vantage point to the other rooms,

to the guest bedroom complete with ensuite bathroom and

the master bedroom pavilion is just

of course splendid views out to sea. This room is decorated

beautiful, everything you might imagine

with attractive glass panels backed by metallic blue material

of this extraordinary property. The

resulting in a soft yet glossy visual effect.

south-west orientation endows the suite with million-dollar views overlooking the

Stretching the entire length of this pavilion, an impressive

Jomchang headland and Patong Bay in

infinity edged swimming pool sits on a precipice overlooking

the distance. To wake in the morning and

the spectacular coastline and the stirring Andaman beyond.

view this panorama through your toe-tips

Long enough for swimming laps and deep enough to cool

would be an amazing way to start the

off on those hot Thailand days, the pool is a refreshing bonus.

day. A huge walk-through closet divides the bedroom from the bathroom with a

Directly beneath the home theatre sits another guest bedroom, this one a twin room with two large double beds

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Outdoor Delights Continuing down the slope of the property, a series of terraced gardens bordered by some attractive wooden walkways lead to a cliff-side sala which would be the ideal spot for a relaxing Thai massage. As it is walled in with full-length sliding glass doors and air-conditioned, you can enjoy a cool massage, whist still benefiting from the uninterrupted view. Further down from this sala is what would no doubt be the best place for family gatherings, a large wooden deck juts well over the cliff with the crashing waves beneath. Because the property was developed without felling any mature trees, this platform is completely shaded by a tall leafy tree growing right up through the middle of it. A small barbecue area and sink facilitate food and beverage supply down at this level.

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To utterly capitalise on the unique terrain of Jomchang, the family built a sturdy walkway that traverses the steep cliff, winding all the way down to their own private man-made beach. Perched above the waterline the soft sand mound is bordered by the awesome rocky headland naturally framing the sea view and concealing the area into complete privacy. The design of Liberty Villa is very suitable for families or groups of couples, with each member being able to find private space and solitude should they want it, yet there are still plenty of spaces for everybody to gather. The villa and all its beautiful furniture and artworks are for sale and the owners are available to give guided tours upon request. Contact sales agent Bob Andrews of Phuket Land tel: 087 693 7100, or email bob@phuketland.com, to arrange a viewing.

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PROPERTY PROFILE STORY : James Barnes Photography by Bjorn Slis, courtesy of Elite Property Services.

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CHIANG MAI

Country Comfort “Say what you will, the countryside is still, The only place where I could settle down. Troubles there are so much rarer, out of town”

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uropean, US and now, even Asian television schedules are crammed full with fashionable ‘makeover’ shows where the

average Joe or Joan are provided with expert assistance in transforming their wardrobe, make up, body or their home. The most successful shows uproot their subjects from inner city drudgery to backdrops of bucolic beauty. Switching lifestyles. The meteoric rise in popularity of such programming betrays a general level of dissatisfaction among people. People who just want to get away from it all; find seclusion in a dream existence, far from the crowds in a fabulous home set in a fantasy landscape. Those viewers who are not lucky enough to be picked by TV producers for a life change have to dream on- or they could take a peek at the latest, prestigious property to come onto the Chiang Mai market. The architecture is an unlikely combination of traditional Thai and Tuscan villa styles that is staggeringly triumphant and has produced a home of baronial stature. It was designed and built by a Norwegian and the present owner, Andre Walkiewicz, from Poland, created the interiors. This international formula could easily have produced more confusion than cohesive fusion but somehow it worked. Andre is a former banking executive who loves good food and single malt whiskey. He also loves privacy. “We picked the San Sai location because of its seclusion, beauty and mountain views,” says Andre, “and at the same time, its proximity to a major city.” Chiang Mai, Thailand’s cultural capital, is a mere 20 minutes drive from the house. Recent years have seen a revolution in the quality of the city’s infrastructure, including the remodelling of the international airport. Golfers should note that the Mae Jo Golf Club is just a few kilometres down the road and a handful of famous Lanna courses are all within easy reach.

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Camelot The huge entrance porch (37 sq m!) houses an imposing door leading to the downstairs accommodation that comprises a chef’s kitchen, a dining hall filled by a circular table worthy of Camelot and a vast sitting room (64 sq m) with patio doors opening onto a terrace that measures a generous 68 sq m. Two utility rooms house freezer and wine cellar and there is a guest bathroom. Ideal for a teenager, the downstairs bedroom, with its own private entrance from the porch, has a large ensuite bathroom. Intricate cast metal filigree, attractive interior brickwork, beautiful timber beams and the canny combination of antique and modern art all add to the feeling of a grand stately home. Upstairs is the enormous master bedroom, replete with majestic four-poster bed, vaulted ceiling and a walk in closet so big that you could get lost in it. There is a wrap round terrace of 65 sq m at one end with a spiral staircase to the garden patio and a 41 sq m terrace at the other. The views of the garden, the neighbouring rice fields and the countryside beyond are heavenly. As is the vista presented through the window next to the bath in the ensuite bathroom. Bedrooms two and three flank the second terrace and both have shower rooms and dressing areas.

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If all that is not enough to satisfy the fantasy buds, step into the garden... Right next to the house is a large swimming pool, which is fed from a wonderful waterfall that cascades down over rocks planted with verdant tropical lushness. The water is salt rather than chlorine. The salt added to the pool water is pure, natural, evaporated ocean salt and can last for years before it needs replacing. Swimming in a pool with a salt water system is less stressful on hair and skin compared to the traditional chlorine treated swimming pool. Skin will also feel softer in a salt water pool, similar to bathing in soft water. The salt water system requires less maintenance and since there is no chlorine to purchase, it is less expensive to maintain. The whole plot measures an impressive 5.5 rai and it is here that Andre Walkiewicz has pulled off a small miracle. The gardens are gorgeous. “There were more than 2,500 trees and plants brought in from all over Thailand to fulfil the folly of a crazy farang,” he laughs. But it is a very serious garden. Andre recruited a professor from Chiang Mai University to help with the design and this little Eden is the enviable result. A substantial lake, filled with fish and graced by a thousand lotus flowers, reflects the forest of mature trees and the vibrant colours of exotic flowers and is spanned by an ornate oriental wooden bridge. There are shady salas (Thai pavilions) in which to relax. A separate guest cottage that has its own kitchen, living room and two bedrooms nestles in the greenery. The garden design is so thoughtful and elegant that it is more like a park through which a stroll would be a dream of birdsong and the intoxicating perfumes of exotic blooms. “I have been married to my beautiful Thai wife for 30 years,” says Andre, adding, “but our four sons are in Europe and we would like to be closer to them.” There seems to be a hint of sadness at the thought of selling. But who wouldn’t be sad to leave a house that so many would dream of living in? Urbane Patrick Mulcahy of Elite Property who are handling the sale says, “The house is around 10 years old now but it was built to an extremely high standard and it has been perfectly maintained. The tropical climate is pretty unforgiving but the building quality has withstood all and it still looks new.”

“Trees everywhere with blossoms in their hair And Mother Nature wears her newest gown. What I’d give, once more to live, right out of town.” www.eliteproperty.co.th

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The Gaggenau Online Showroom.

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CITY LIVING

IMAGES : Chavalit Kamolthammanon

Special thanks to Gaysorn Plaza and Cloud 9 for accomodating the photo shoot.

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Ba n wit gkok ht i ow s the off er er u peo ing s ing m ltim ate om ple all sle e s an shop ep, buzz thin dc per gf fro aro see o o s m re m un sho king v e r p a c t p a ra d bee the dis the yon str n m ppi e, c e f n e thi e i s a ade a g! Th eling ty st . Eac et ma brim ree rt mi hd rke of mo n art is in ng ts, a e t y s x c re , w c r f t o t i h e h t r rm tha a o e uly i nT by singl men ch ne usan ta yp so ds ve rop ica me, a opu nd sa r see of lar lL nd m tis to ivi fac n o o past ng ne tim tion ’s c h ity eh gir as m a ast s lJ ing ere . d 112


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ing confesses to being an

international shopaholic. She

knows Bangkok like the bac k of her hand and takes frequen t trips overseas to global sho pping hotspots to perfect her purchasing skill s. Today, she will enlighten us with some of her favourite haunts in Bangkok, where she shops for home décor, gourmet food and of course fabulous fashion!

Fashion & Jewellery Tempting Thai Fashion

“Discover your favourite styl es from top Thai designers at Gaysorn Plaza and Siam Center. Both fashion venues gather the latest trend setting collections from Tha iland, in over twenty designer boutiques.”

Gaysorn Plaza

Siam Center

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Edgy Jewellery

Multi-label Brands

“Cloud 9 at Gaysorn Plaza is a

boutique featuring a world fam

“Whimsical design elements with the quality multi-label

of estate jewellery, the designs from The Apple

ous shoes

Tree are characterised as simple, yet having

istian Louboutin

just enough edge with their humorous

boudoir with brands such as Chr

and Giuseppe Zanotti, as well

as world renowned fashion designers like Matthew Williamson, Phillip Lim 3.1 and Tbags and to name a few.”

overtones. Each piece is handmade and is crafted individually, making them unique and well-defined.”

The Apple Tree

Creative Touch “Trimode make wonderfully creative fashion accessories. Their famous rubber wrist watch is in stock at New York’s Museum of Modern Art amongst the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary art. Even Mary-Kate Olsen has been spotted wearing Trimode.” Cloud 9

Glamorous Accessories

“Olivia Diamond also at Gaysorn

offers a unique range of costum

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designer jewellery and accesso

a sparkle and finishing touch to

Plaza

ries to add an outfit.”

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Olivia Diamond


Home Décor Delectable Decorations

of Soi Thonglor, “Located in the middle t you get carried Geo Decor is a place tha of goodies for your away with their selection decorations home from nature inspired e glitz and glam and stationary, to very rar t place to pick up antiques. Geo is a perfec nd’s dinner party.” bits and bobs for your frie

Motif

Geo Decor

Chanintr

Exclusive Furnishings

Natural Choice

p for furniture are “Two great places to sho Mall and Chanintr Motif at Erawan Shopping They offer a wide stores at Siam Paragon. iture and ultra selection of exclusive furn modern designs.”

“Oggi is for people who love the nature and charm of wood, this brand could make you easily fall in love with its simplicity, high quality finishings and a touch of tasteful colours.”

Oggi

Motif

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Modern Metal

“The furniture from

impressive. The mo

home decorations

Stil is clean, clever

dern style furniture

are all mainly prod

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Food & Drink Local Fresh Favourites “If I need to shop for international food I will go to Villa Market, but for local treats, i’ll take a trip to Aor-Tor-Kor Farmers Market near Chat-u-Chak market. It’s packed with hundreds of food stalls where you can pick up souvenirs and regional specialities with the real organic essence!”

Aor-Tor-Kor Farmers Market

Stil

Kitchen Treats

Tasty Wine

“Pantry Magic at Th

e Eight Thonglor is a nal kitchenware sto re in Bangkok. There are over 1000 gastronom ic delights from pots and pans, knives an d spatulas and turne rs.” brand new professio

“I recommend a trip to Wineloft at Sukhumvit 31 and Marketplace Thonglor, as well as Italasia Asoke Road, they all have reasonably priced wine and a wide, varied selection. Enjoy a glass for me!”

Pantry Magic

Italasia

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Home Décor Geo Décor www.geo.co.th 3 Showroom: 912/

ad

Sukhumvit 55 Ro Tel: 02381 4325

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Directory Fashion & Jewelle

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www.gaysorn.co m 99 Ploenchit Road

Sukhumvit 55, Tel: 085118 2288

Tel: 02656 1149

Siam Center www.siamcenter.co

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Tel: 02658 1000-19

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Cloud 9 Gaysorn Plaza Tel: 02656 1428 Olivia Diamond Gaysorn Plaza

Central World Tel:

Aor Tor Kor ket Agriculture Mar Organisation et Road Kamphaeng Ph uchak (opposite Chat t) weekend marke , 6 am - 6 pm ily da s: Open hour Wine Loft om www.wineloft.c 31 Sukhumvit

The Apple Tree www.theappletre

Siam Paragon Tel:

Pantry Magic agic.com www.pantry-m onglor, 88 Th G/F, The Eight

ebkk.com 02610 9540 02613 1388

Trimode Accesso ries www.trimodestud io.com Bangkok Smiths, Sia m Paragon www.bangkoksm iths.com

Tel: 02260 0027

Italiasia up.com www.italasiagro F 253 G/ Asoke Branch: Sukhumvit 21 Tel: 02261 8500

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PROPERTIES, INTERIORS & LIFESTYLE IN THAILAND

To advertise call 081 892 1337.

Absolute Kitchen Tel: 076 377 759, 076 377 907-8 65/29 Moo 2, Dalaaburi, Thepkrasatti Road, Koh Kaew, Muang, Phuket sales@august9kitchen.com www.august9kitchen.com Decor Mart Tel: 02 365 0789-93 Fax: 02 365 0779 555 Soi Thonglor 19, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok Hafele (Thailand) Limited Tel: 02 741 7171 Fax: 02 741 7272 57 Soi Sukhumvit 64, Sukhumvit Road, Bangchak, Prakhanong, Bangkok info@hafele.co.th www.hafele.co.th Island Furniture Furnishing island homes since 1997 Complete quality home furnishers Tel: 076 263 707 Fax: 076 263 708 Bypass Road 2.4 km South of Central Festival siriporn@islandfurniture-phuket.com www.islandfurniture-phuket.com 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 www.kitchenette.co.th Modernform Phuket: Tel: 076 608 081-4 Fax: 076 608 085-7 79 Chalermpakiet Rama 9 Road, Moo 5, Vichit, Muang, Phuket Head Office: Tel: 02 722 8100-12 Fax: 02 722 8113-4 699 Srinakarindr Road, Suanluang, Bangkok www.modernform.com Mogen (Thailand) Tel: 02 569 1810, 02 569 1972 Fax: 02 569 1993, 02 569 1337 9 Moo 12 Beungkhumploy, Lumlukka, Pathumthani contact@mogen.co.th Zeyco (Thailand) 101/46, Bypass square, Moo 1, Chalermprakiat Rama 9 Road, Kathu, Kathu, Phuket zeycoth@gmail.com www.zeyco.com.my


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